Tuesday, April 18, 2017

COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND, Wanderings in the Emerald World. (a gallery in progress, 9 images)

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"SOUTH FROM THE FAR WEST OF COUNTY KERRY," IRELAND



"A LIVING CONVERSATION BETWEEN 
A FARMER AND HIS WILD," 
DINGLE PENINSULA, COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




"THE GREAT NORTH ATLANTIC STORM WEDGE I," 
COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




"CASCADE FALLS OF THE SHEEN NEAR KENMARE"
COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND



"AN AFTERNOON INTERLUDE ON LOCH LEANE I"
COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




"AN AFTERNOON INTERLUDE ON LOCH LEANE IV" 
COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




"A PORTENT OF WEATHER IN THE GAP OF DUNLOE"
COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




REMAINS OF AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY NOTION"
 COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND




THE WAY OF MORNING IN THE GAP OF DUNLOE”
 COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND 








Monday, February 13, 2017

SALAMANCA, SPAIN'S CITY OF GOLDEN STONE, A gallery in progress (1 image)

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"9 13 CALLE SAN GREGORIO SEES THE RESULTS OF 2016 ELECTION," 
SALAMANCA, SPAIN


Saturday, February 11, 2017

PORTUGAL AND THE DOURO RIVER, a gallery in progress (8 images)

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"PORTICO FOR THE EYES OF GOD," 
PORTO CATHEDRAL, PORTUGAL




"STREETLIGHTS, TILES, AND IRON LACE," 
PORTO, PORTUGAL





"AUTUMN BURNING GLYMPSED FROM A BUS IN THE VALE DE MENDIZ," 
ALIJO NORTE, VILA REAL, PORTUGAL





"CASTELO RODRIGO, LONG AFTER THE REIGNS HAVE PASSED," 
GUARDA, PORTUGAL





"LATE FOG LIFTS ON THE RIO DOURO 
AS IT DRIFTS PAST THE RUINS OF ESTACIO CASTELO MEHLOR," 
GUARDA, PORTUGAL





"STRONGBOX FOR THE MEMORY OF WIND, SUN, THE EVER-CHANGING RIO DOURO, AND THE SOUND OF TRAINS THAT NEVER COME," 
GUARDA, PORTUGAL





"NIGHT CROSSING," 
BARCA DA ALVA, GUARDA, PORTUGAL







"DEPOT WITHOUT A TOWN 
FOR A FOR A TRAIN THAT NEVER COMES," 
ESTACIO DO COA, GUARDA, PORTUGAL




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ICELAND: VISIONS FROM A YOUTHFUL EARTH (a gallery in progress)

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"THERE WAS ONLY THE SOUND, THEN SLOWLY 
THE SPECTRES OF GRAVITY 
EMERGED FROM THE MIST," 
SEYDISFJORDUR, EAST ICELAND


"JEWELS IN THE SKEIN 
THAT BINDS THE WORLD TOGETHER,"
VESTDALUR RIVER, SEYDISFJORDUR, EAST ICELAND


"WRAPPED IN THUNDER BEFORE THE RAIN SET IN," 
SEYDISFJORDUR, EAST ICELAND




"ALMOST AS IN A DREAM, 
I SAW THE SUN SMILE ON GODAFOSS." 
NORTHEAST ICELAND


HIDDEN FACES OF THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAII (A gallery in progress)

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"BLACK SAND UNIVERSE," POLOLU



"A ZEPHER FROM THE SEA SENDS CHILLS 
ACROSS THE BREAST OF POLOLU POND,"


"AN ECHO OF PASSING STORMS IN THE STILL OF THE FORREST," HAMAKUA COAST,



"THE PRAYERS OF AN OLD ONE STAYING 
THE FIREY ONSLAUGHTS OF HELL," 
NEO LITHIC SADDLE LAVA, BIG ISLAND,



Thursday, September 1, 2016

FLORA ON THE ISLAND OF KAUAI. (A GALLERY IN PROGRESS)

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KAUAI


HANALEI 

'THE FROND FANDANGO"

My wife, Pamela, loves to shop for interesting original pieces of handcrafted jewelry. I'm usually looking for a good place to park the car in the shade or my fanny in a cool chair until she finds her favorites for my opinion.


After one such afternoon of viewing the local wares in the town of Hanalei along the north coast of Kauai, I parlayed my involvement with her hobby for a time out, to drive up the Wainiha Valley as far as I could go. On the way back toward the coast road, I glimpsed this image, pulled over as soon as I could, and shut off the engine. As I reached for my camera, Pam asked what I was doing. I got out of the car, stretched, and replied, “I'm shopping for jewelry."




"THE ALBIZIA TREE, MID CANOPY" 



"After cutting down most of the large native trees of Kauai by 1900, those who felt the loss imported the fast- growing Albizia tree from Indonesia. The act of moving a life form from one global region to another has frequently been questionable if not downright disastrous. 

“Thankfully, the Albizia trees in Kauai seem to be a graceful arboreal addition to the delightful range of flora in this island environment," he typed on his keyboard with a nagging trepidation.  


Just then a strong wind outside distracted his thoughts and he got up from his computer to look out the windows of his Colorado home. Tumbleweeds, like a stealthy guerilla army, rolled across the hills outside, scattering their seeds everywhere.

"You prickly Som-bitches," he yelled, as if venting his spleen would somehow freeze them in their tracks.

 He felt an overwhelming sense of futility. Somewhere deep in his soul, he knew that despite his yearly fight to keep this nasty imported Russian thistle scourge from the Siberian Steppes at bay, the weed had a good chance of outliving humanity.



"THE HALA TREE POLE DANCE" 
EAST COAST KAUAI

What moves, 
what stems,




 and check out the hairdo,





A tree like Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase"





with shimmering, bejeweled hands.

  



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FLORA ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. (A GALLERY IN PROGRESS)

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THE BIG ISLAND
WEST COAST / KONA KALUA


"AFTERNOON WHISPERS POETRY THROUGH THE COCONUT CROWN,"




"EVES DROPPING ON THE GOSSIP OF FRONDS,"





"A STRENGTH OF PLEATS," 





"A GOOD SALAS ALWAYS BEGINS ON THE RED-GREEN SPECTRUM"
                                 
     



"GETTING INTO THE HEAD OF A PALM TREE"

You are such a "frondly" species. Perhaps you'd let us in on the secrets to your success.
I can sense a subtle wisdom in your growth strategy. Shoot out a slender frondlet from the top of your trunk, and as the leaf catches the light, photosynthesis will make it grow to its full length. Then, as new shoots bud from your head, it will cause that full-length frond to be pushed toward the edge of your head and bend over, spreading out like a living solar cell.



It could take six or eight months to get a new frond into production, but who knows, after that maybe a year or two of free solar energy before the frond wears out, droops and falls off, leaving your trunk one frond-butt taller.


What a visually scintillating growth strategy; literally a life of graceful dancing leaves.

Perhaps some other time you could explain how your very prolific family spread all over the temperate world. You sexy minx!




HILO / HAMAKUA COAST

"THAT CLAIRITY A FOREST FEELS WHEN WAKING FROM A RAIN,"



"THE HAMAKUA MODERN DANCE AND FLORAL FLOOR SHOW COMPANY"




"THE HAMAKUA SOLAR POWERED CEILING FAN PLANT 
IN THE HEAT OF PRODUCTION" 


"BANYAN WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR"




"MAGIC FROM THE SEEDS OF LOTHLORIEN," HONOMU, 





"CHILDREN OF THE FIRE EARTH, CHILDREN OF THE SUN AND RAIN," 
NANUE FALLS




"THE FOREVER COMPETITION OF THE TROPICAL CANOPY QUEENS,"


SOUTH COAST

"OLD MAN BANYAN HAS A NICE SIT-DOWN"


Anyone who works this hard to put nutrients in the leaves deserves to sit down 
in his white pants and enjoy a beautiful day at seaside.