Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lanai Panorama And Other Photos

This morning I used my phone camera to capture this view from our lanai.  The "panorama" setting was used once again to capture the full scope of the scene.  The lanai faces generally to the south , so the sunrise provided a nice illumination of Chinatown, the harbor, airport, and downtown Honolulu.

You'll most definitely need to click on the image to get the full effect.

And here's a link to an admittedly crude video created this morning.  I've been trying to figure out how to upload videos to YouTube and this attempt was moderately successful, though quite a chore.    The short film pans from my studio interior, to the view from the window wall.  The only part that could even remotely be called a "highlight" is one of the tour submarines being towed from the harbor to the dive site off Waikiki Beach.  Please remember me when you receive your Academy Award ballots! :)))

Catch a wave!  This was taken on June 20th and we obviously had great surf that day!

This is where a video of a container ship heading out of the harbor would have gone, if YouTube accepted the file extension (MV1) of my Canon camera.  I've just today learned quite a bit about what file extensions YouTube supports, but it was the hard way.  After waiting a fairly long time for it to  upload, I finally received a message saying only that the upload "failed" or words to that effect.  It would be nice if they published a list of accepted file extensions up front, but that must be too difficult for the technical geniuses at Google and YouTube.  I'm guessing it's the Geeks Revenge on all of us "normal" people. 

Sunset, June 16th.  It was a beaut!

And with this photo, I'll wish you all a very good night. 

Sorry you didn't get to see that Matson container ship, assisted by two tugs, gliding out of the harbor this morning.  I admit to being a dinosaur with respect to computer technology and what must be ridiculously simple for those of you raised in the "Information Age".  Being old fashioned, it must be surprising to many of you that I even have this simple blog.  Even a cave man can do it!

PS  I know there's a way to share music on blogs, so would anyone out there who knows how, please drop me an email or comment telling me how it's done.  I'd really like to share one of the happiest songs you'll ever hear with you.  Thanks for your help in advance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More Planes And An Old Favorite

Thought I'd catch-up a bit sharing some photos taken over recent days and throw-in an old favorite still life painting.

This Delta B-777 was taxing for takeoff just as we were approaching the green during a round of golf last Wednesday.  Click for a closer look.  What a beautiful aircraft to see so close-up.

Here's the Robert C. Seamans, gliding into Honolulu Harbor last week.  She's a floating classroom for university students majoring in sciences related to the oceans.  I featured her in a post last year. 

Here's the old favorite still life of a bowl of eggs, painted in 2006.  It sold--and that's a good thing.

On Sunday, after a session at the Mamala Bay Golf Course driving range, I was treated to this close-up view of a Delta B-747-400 on the taxiway.  To the left, you can see the tunnel beneath the taxiway.  Again, click for a close-up.

What a magnificent aircraft.

Have a wonderful tomorrow!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Father's Day

To all the Dads out there, hope you enjoyed your special day allowing your children to spoil you.  On the way home from a session on the driving range today, this scene of a father and son fishing  perfectly illustrated what the day is all about.

Click on the photo for a closer view.

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Just figured out the "panorama" function for the camera on my phone.  It does all the "stitching" for you as you pan along the scene.  Sweet!

Click to enlarge this panoramic view from my studio windows.

Have a good day!

PS:  We enjoyed a beautiful sunset today, so I thought you might enjoy having a look:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Fiery Sunset

Late yesterday afternoon, smoke from a brushfire at the base of the Waianae Mountains produced a most amazing sunset.  Happily, no people were injured or homes or buildings damaged, thanks to the quick and effective work of fire department personnel.  Take a look:

This was taken just before seven PM and initially, we didn't recognize these "clouds" for what they really were.  As we continued watching, it became evident that it was smoke from a fire and not clouds.

The colors and suns rays were spectacular and best of all, no injuries or damage to homes resulted from the fire.

The show just got better and better.


An inter-island airliner climbs out with the colorful smoke for a background.  The fire was quite a ways to the west of us and didn't affect airport operations.

The culprit.  It was fully-contained not long after this photo was taken, thanks to the quick and effective efforts of fire department personnel.

Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

High Surf For The South Shore

Yesterday and today, a big swell brought some impressive waves to the south shore of O'ahu.  Such an event demanded a jog to the beach for some photos:

A surfer on his way out to enjoy some wild rides.  This was taken on Monday afternoon, with waves predicted to be 8-12-feet high!  The buoy is the entrance beacon to Kewalo Basin boat harbor.

This was taken from our lanai, with lots of zoom, late Monday morning.  Click on the image for a closer view.


Condos and hotels of Waikiki in the distance.  For those of you familiar with Honolulu, I took this photo at Kaka'ako Beach Park.  "Point Panic", a great body surfing only spot, is just a hundred yards, or so, away.

Wow!  What a wave!  Those heads bobbing in the surf are body surfers.  No surfboards or boogie boards are allowed in this area.

This still photo was taken from a video I took on my camera.  A body surfer is about to be tumbled by the breaking wave.  The name, "Point Panic", comes from the close proximity of the breaking waves to the seawall rocks.

Not far from Point Panic, surfboards, standup paddle boards and all manner of wave riding equipment is allowed.

This rainbow shower tree adds some nice colors to my jog home.  The building is one of several state government office buildings located in the same area as the capitol building.  It's very nice to run through.  Plumeria trees in full-bloom adorn the grounds, too.

A closer view of the magnificent colors.

I'm just across the street from home, on Nu'uanu Avenue, looking north.  That's the Ko'olau Range in the misty distance.  The late afternoon sun was striking that one peak so beautifully, I had to take this photo.

And finally...this was taken from the elevator lobby on the 39th-floor and is only a partial, though quite spectacular view of the Ko'olau Range and the homes and buildings running up the Nu'uanu Valley.

Have a wonderful evening!