Your story, your art, your life

A quote from Dianna Wynne Jones, author of many, many well-loved books, such as the Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy:

…somewhere, somewhen, someone is going to read your book at a time when such things stick for life. And you have to make it the kind of book that is worth remembering that vividly for that long. You have to make it an experience in its own right.

Reflections On the Magic of Writing by Dianna Wynne Jones

Do it. You know you want to, because you know somewhere, somewhen in your life, someone wrote a story – or told you a story – that stuck with you. That changed you, changed what you wanted to do, changed who and how you wanted to be in your life.

Do it.


Peace on earth and goodwill and…

A photograph from 2006, shot with my 500mm Konica-Minolta mirror telephoto lens on my Maxxum 7D.

I was a pretty good distance away. The multiplier for the camera turned the 500mm into 750mm.

I added the text for selective use as one of our family Christmas cards this year. Only special friends got this version.

The bird was sitting on top of a vine-covered picnic area along Waikiki Beach. The area doesn’t exist anymore; Honolulu City & County decided Waikiki needed to be gussied up. After all, we wouldn’t want local folk hanging out there playing chess when we could have rich tourists wandering around there instead. The tourist crowd has been ruining Waikiki since at least the 1950s, so why stop now?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo and funny!

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

We were making a last-minute run to the grocery store New Years Eve, and this was what the rear-view mirror of our neighbor’s vintage truck was showing me. I guess it gets the message across?

Shot with my Nokia phone, then cropped, converted to 16-bit TIFF, then run through Luminance HDR and saved as a final JPG.

Happy new year to all that celebrate it, regardless of just when you consider the new year as beginning.

Some candles and smoke

From Halau Wa’a Episcopal Church’s Christmas Eve service, 24 December 2022. Processed in high-dynamic range (HDR) using Luminance HDR. It brings out the candle smoke. The “candles” are actually those anti-mosquito citronella pots. The church chose them because we’ve had windy weather and the citronella flames stand up to the wind better.

Flames flaring on five candles, with a wreath around their bases and candle smoke glowing above them.