Friday, April 24, 2015

A New Perspective

Indeed!  The vision in my right eye was fully-restored today by Dr. Jon Portis, MD.  The two-minute laser procedure is known as a Capsulotomy.  Cataract surgery was performed on that eye a little over two years ago, but I was one of a percentage of patients who develop cloudiness of the capsule holding the artificial lens.  The problem is referred to as posterior capsule opacification, "aka" a secondary cataract.  During research into this problem, I discovered that the true percentage of cataract surgery patients who develop this varies depending on who did the study.  I saw a range from ten-to-thirty percent, so I'll leave it up to you to go with the number you like.  All I know for sure is, in my case, it was one hundred percent. 

Immediately following the procedure, I was sent on my way without any bandages, eye patch or need for even a minute of recovery time.  As I walked home, each step brought a revelation of color and light.  What pure joy it was to see how bright the Hawaiian sky is with two eyes!  Colors were more intense, too.  I'm sure people who passed by wondered why I had such a big grin on my face. 

It's truly amazing how the human body compensates for loss.  My left eye did a fine job of compensating as the right became increasingly useless.  I had gotten used to seeing the world with only one eye and only today did I realize how much was being missed.  The right eye was always dominant before it clouded-over, and to my amazement, began reasserting itself on the way home.  There seemed to be a bit of reluctance by the left eye to allow it.  Of course, all of this was really happening in the vision processing center of the brain, but all I know is what I see.  As I type this, it feels like the left eye is taking a bit of a well-deserved break, allowing input from the right to be in charge.  The dilation affect is rapidly fading and I'm looking forward to my first jog in a very long time with normal depth perception!

So, with restored peripheral vision, depth perception and both color and value perception, it's been a very good day.  Hope yours was, too. :)))

A Nd:YAG laser, the amazing instrument which took care of my cloudy capsule.  I was seated on the right side as you look at the device.  Chin and forehead supports and that's it.  The doctor looks in those two black eyepieces to aim the laser.  Not nearly as imposing as I'd expected it to be.

My newly-restored right eye.  Life never looked so good!

Yow-Za!  A splash of color taken at Fort DeRussy Wednesday.  It looks even richer today!!

A kite surfer off Kailua Beach Park on Tuesday.  The trade winds were howling and this man and many others were really zooming across the water.

The camera's zoom did a nice job of capturing this kite surfers technique--you know...holding on for dear life!

Michele heads in for a bit of snorkeling.

Michele with Barbara and Sally, our first Hawaiian friends.  They came to dinner last week help us celebrate the completion of moving-in.  It's now become a habit that they are the first friends to visit whenever we move.  They bring great housewarming gifts, too! :)

This is Barbara's Boeing-767-ER shortly after departed for Japan.  She's a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, based here in Honolulu.  Sally's a retired teacher and very talented classical pianist and artist.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Has This Happened To You?

Over the past few days, my blog has received an astounding number of page views.  Yesterday, for example, it received 692!  This is only about 600 above average.  All the page views come from a single visitor.  Suspicious...VERY.

Today--so far--the count is up to 333-page views!  According to Goggle stats for the blog, the hits are coming from Russia.  Another stat counter, "ClustrMaps", does not show any hits from there.
In this day of cyber crime, fear of some sort of criminal activity has replaced any thrill that the blog has been discovered by an avid fan with way too much time on their hands.  My suspicion is that someone is downloading the photos for some unknown, less-than-honorable purpose.   
Has anyone out there had a similar experience?  I'd love to hear from you.

Until I learn what's going on, my own copyright is hereby attached to everything on my blog--past, present and future.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


"Stuff" is part of the sub-title of this blog, so that's what you'll find in this post.  A nice sunset, a rainbow, some shots of tug boats and container ships as work, and an old painting currently being re-worked.  Take a look:

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to see a tug boat at work, here's an up-close look at one unhooking from a container ship.  Click on the image for an even closer view of the workers on the ship, the Horizon Spirit.  For me, it's endlessly fascinating to see stuff like this every day.

Right on cue, the Harbor Pilot boat zoomed-up to make this photo a little more interesting.

An image taken during the lunar eclipse with my old camera.  The zoom isn't nearly as great as the newer camera, nor is it as easy to hold steady during low-light photo ops.  It's obvious I was anything but steady for this shot! :)  This photo of the "Blood Moon" could easily be mistaken for a time-lapse of a one-celled organism in the midst of mitosis.  Now we're talking "really old stuff" from high school biology!

Sunset, April 11th, 2015.  The sun's arc has moved so far north, we won't see another Green Flash--at least from the lanai--for the next few months, but it's still a spectacular nightly event.

A military helicopter circles above a submarine on April 12th.  The Pacific could not have been a prettier blue this day.

It must have been quite a thrill for the passengers aboard the Star of Honolulu and those other two vessels to see the sub.

A Sunday drive, April 12th, following the completion of "The Masters" golf tournament.  Here is    Michele's car, a hybrid Toyota Prius-C , parked at Sand Island.  We drove over to take a look at the beach park there.  The island protects Honolulu Harbor from the sea, and is home to a U.S. Coast Guard base, cargo handling facilities to load/off-load container ships, a water treatment plant and  wide variety of businesses.  It also features a not-too-well-known beach park with pretty decent facilities.  We can see Sand Island from the lanai, and thought it was time to see it up-close. 

The Grand Princess was berthed at Pier-2, just across from Sand Island.  We parked to have a look around at the scenery from this side of the harbor.  Not bad!

Another couple enjoying the view across the harbor.  Click on the image and you'll see Aloha Tower, the Star of Honolulu and a closer view of downtown Honolulu.  It was a truly beautiful day, with brisk trade winds providing their natural air conditioning.

We were in luck today!  We caught the Navitek I entering the harbor at the end of a whale watching/Sunday brunch cruise.  Whale watching cruises will end soon, as most of the humpback whales and recently-born calves have departed for their feeding grounds in Alaska.  We did, however, still manage to see some whales Sunday evening at sunset.

Old Glory and the Hawaii state flag proudly wave from the Navitek I mast.

A rainbow made our morning special.  Monday, April 13th, 2015.

Blogging pal, Steven W. Dunn, wrote a comment about the new studio arrangement which resulted in a complete reversal.  The easel is now located opposite the painting-filled wall shown here.  Luckily, I can still see the paintings reflected in the mirrored closet doors.  The new location will ensure no shadows fall across work on the easel.  Thanks again, Steven! :))

And speaking of "on the easel"...I'm reworking this self-portrait done in 2012.  A few things bugged me about it and here we go.  Another blogger, Candace X Moore, has a current post about one of her self-portraits.  In the post, she describes why she tries hard not to over-work her brushwork.  It's the first time I've truly understood why my habit of over-working and reworking every painting is not necessarily a smart thing to do.  If you're curious, click on the link and you'll see what I'm talking about.  Oh...and you'll also get to enjoy the wonderful self-portrait she's created.

That's it for this Monday.  Hope you all have a safe, happy and productive week.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Did You See It? 4 April 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Last night was the 2015 version of a Lunar Eclipse of the Blood Moon.  Basically, it was a repeat of the October 2014 event which was posted at that time.  The photos, not surprisingly, are very similar to last year, but I still want to share what I saw with you.

Not much color to this image.  I took the photos on auto and the camera works very hard to add all the light it "thinks" I want.  Not to worry, subsequent images show the "Blood Moon" effect.

Getting close to complete, this photo has some of the expected rust/red glow.  It was taken at 1:38 AM, Hawaii Standard Time.  Hawaii doesn't go on Daylight Savings Time.

This is about as complete as it got last night.  You'll notice that the sun's glow is not in the same  location on the surface of the moon in each photo.  This was due, in part, because the tripod was unusable.  Our view of the eclipse was close to directly overhead, only just clear of the lanai over us, which meant I had to lean outward somewhat.  To avoid falling thirty-nine stories, I was seated in a chair--slouched down really--doing my best to stabilize the camera, zoomed-in on the moon.  The result of all of this was a variety of positions for the earth's shadow and the sun's glow on the moon.  Feel free to ignore all of the preceding "not-so-techno-babble" and just enjoy the photos. :)

It's over--for me, at least!  This was taken at 2:21 AM HST.  I was too tired to watch the rest of the shadow go away.  Watching an eclipse would be lots more exciting if we didn't know so much about the relationship between the earth, moon and sun.  Imagine the fear and awe ancient people must have felt viewing such celestial events.  For us, it's like watching grass grow or paint dry.  Losing the wonder is a sad thing, but luckily, the world and the universe provide countless other phenomena to amaze, thrill and inspire us.  We're lucky for that.

Have an inspiring weekend everybody! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sea And Air

Here are a few more photos taken from the lanai, along with this first photo of a place from my past. 

Yesterday, we saw a car with the name of an atoll (unknown to us) on the rear window.  In a search to learn more about it, I came upon this great photo of Wake Island.  During my career it was a fuel stop on our way to the Far East in C-9B Naval Transport aircraft.  While stationed at NAS Alameda, California, as a pilot in VR-55, I remember the time we were tasked to deliver a stone monument commemorating the civilian workers who died alongside U.S. Marines defending Wake against the Japanese early in World War II.  This is the best photo I've seen showing this 2.85-square mile speck of land, located 2,300-miles west of Hawaii.  What really caught my eye was how much a portion of the atoll looks like a swimming green sea turtle.  Do you see it?

The new studio.  The top row features three paintings created by (from the left) the Maestro, Rhonda Carpenter and Jeanette Jobson.  Another, by Margret Short will join them soon.  I wanted to be able to see them and be inspired each and every day.

This is part of the view from the new studio.  The southwest facing wall is all windows, so afternoons can be a challenging time to work, however, the "blackout" drapes do a nice job of blocking the sun. 

More of the studio view looking westward.  The harbor and airport provide all the distractions anyone should have to deal with.  As I've said before, it's hard being a painter in Hawaii. :)

A navy Aegis-class guided missile cruiser out of Pearl Harbor operating on a beautiful morning.  Click on any of the photos for a closer view.

A tug glides toward her berth just before sunset.

A morning shot of the freighter, Panthera, approaching Honolulu Harbor entrance.  That's the harbor pilot boat on the right and a tug standing-by on her left.  We watched the harbor pilot boat make several approaches to the Panthera's port side, but we're not sure if they were for practice (or training) or she actually dropped a pilot off.  Going from a small boat to an accommodation ladder while both vessels are moving can be a tricky and dangerous maneuver, even on a good day.  Click here, to learn more about the profession of Harbor Pilot.

One of two dedicated Harbor Pilot delivery boats. 

A late afternoon shower over the airport resulted in this beautiful spray when the arriving aircraft applied reverse thrust to help stop.

Earlier that morning, we saw our first rainbow from the new home.

I hope you all had a wonderful spring day today and a rainbow, too!