Monday, April 27, 2020

No Pique-Nique

To say that I'm seeing things through a different lens these days would be very much an understatement. We aren't allowed to have picnics in the park. We are allowed, since this past Saturday, to again exercise in them. I am thankful. The picnic table looks forlorn. I think the wet paint signs were a brainstorm. That would help keep people off of them.

Blue above the clouds. How do we make a hole in the clouds? How do we give them shape? Well, WE don't, in the first place, but it attracts my attention that clouds can have so many shapes and holes and wisps. Not to mention different varieties.
 Remember the movie Contact? This dish reminded me of that. But I took the picture because of the little bird. It sits at the very end of the grass, bending it way over. But somehow not falling off.  These are a type of mannikin, not sure what kind, as I couldn't see it very well. But they gather in groups and eat seeds, I think.

A very nice he'e decal that I wouldn't mind having for my car. Although I do have several octo-decals already.
 I AM and operculators.

Morning clouds and trees
 And 2 operculators that I found on the beach yesterday. And I could pick them up and take them home! Huzzah! I was also able to visit 2 friends for a food delivery. It felt so odd to be standing 6 feet apart in their living room, all of us wearing masks. Like a robbery gone wrong. And who knew that toilet paper and yeast and flour would be so valuable, because they are now rare.

Trees. These were waiting for sun, so their colors could really be seen. 

I didn't push it on my walk this morning. It was raining off and on, and I was sort of lazy after my swim yesterday. Thanks, God, for the octopus I saw! You are the best!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Back in the water!

Very happy to report I was able to get back in the water today, albeit briefly. And in Waikiki, not Hanauma, as it is still closed. But I was able to spot an octopus, so that's all good.

 Box feesh! Cute little female. It was nice to reacquaint myself with some of the regulars.
 And a Chromis. Bigger than I'm used to seeing.
 Clumpy nudibranch
 This Cornet Fish came up underneath me in a surprise move. A big one, too.
 Eel. Two of 2.
 How often does one get to see such empty water!! Certainly not complaining.
 I doubt whether the owner wanted these back, but I did turn them in to the lifeguard anyway. We both laughed underneath our masks.
 And here is the star of the show: the hiding octopus!

 Nice to know that they still peek at ya.

 This Picasso Humu was about to zoom into a hole to hide.
 Moorish Idol

Pencils and the 1st eel

Rock Mover Wrasse. I almost wished it was harassing an octopus.

Very much appreciated swim. About an hour. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Neighborhood mix

I was lazy to write a post yesterday, so today is a mix of a few days.
And as I was typing yesterday just now, I put in an extra a...yeasterday! You may or may not have this problem in your area during these virus times, but we have limited flour and usually no yeast in the stores! So I got myself on amazon and ordered some. Gotta have that homemade bread. There are so few things to be thankful for right now, so I'll list just some: homemade bread, yeast, flour, working electricity (!!), my tablet for reading, being loved, loving others, nice walks in the coolish mornings, pretty birds, nice clouds, our health, a happy marriage, being retired, Bible studies with friends (albeit only on Zoom), birthday party on Zoom, Jesus. So I guess there are many more things to be thankful for than I thought!

Here are a few pix. I don't usually take food pix, but might take some of the next bread I make. (Good choices include: potato bread, Challah, Anadama bread.)
 I'll start with the nice sentiment/art work someone did on their fence. Imaginative and appreciate the sentiment.
 Two Saffron Finches flew to the top of the tree I was passing. 

Clouds. How do you get some very thin and some very fat?!
 I had to crop the one above so I didn't include the light pole. 

Sometimes the hardest part is to get the photo without the telephone wire.

I also don't know how you get several directions of going top to lower right and then middle to middle right. 

This one included the sun in the middle, but you can't really easily see it.
 A bird flew through.

 Sometimes I do want to escape this time period. But where can one escape to?!
 These are some of the rings I've found in the ocean over the years. I used to turn them in at Hanauma Bay, but discovered that sometimes they weren't going where they should. So sometimes I keep them.

I think this is ginger of some kind.
 And a pretty gum tree in the park. YAY! We will be able to walk in the parks again this weekend. I am also hoping that my husband and I will be able to get in the water and hopefully see some octopuses. It will be good to see how the ocean has changed, although won't be able to get in Hanauma Bay, since it's still closed.
 Saffron Finches in a pink Plumeria tree.

Pretty fleurs (that's a sneaky way of showing them while not knowing their names...)

More finches 
 I think Hibiscus. I enjoy the parts designed to pass along the pollen. And everyone wants to live in Hawaii...even the bugs that take a bite out of the flower.
 Proof! I found this little watch on one of Amazon's deal of the day days. Works well and helps me know how far I've walked.
 Puff ball.
 Saffron Finch on top of a tree.
 Wear a mask when you go out. But do get out and enjoy when you can.