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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Ya know… I’m not sure what’s MORE beautiful… where you ARE… or where you’re GOING. You gonna have a guest room???

  2. Polona — gorgeous indeed! The photos don’t do it justice.

    Rob — the camera was giving me fits. It was picky about when it would and wouldn’t work.

    SN — de nada.

    Melli — this is Canada (British Columbia). No guest room, bring a tent … And in Hawaii? We don’t have a place to live yet, so you still may need that tent.

    Doug — you shouldn’t have even tried to restrain yourself! Nicely done.

    Brooke — We had a great time. Thanks again for the tent. You can see a pic of it on the other blog.

    Dr. John — I thought they made an excellent visual statement.

  3. Trees are stronger than rock. And water is stronger than both trees and rocks. The moral of the pictures is to make friends with the water. Scuba diving perhaps?

  4. Rob — the camera is fine, but the batteries won’t hold up to 3 days without charge. From time to time the camera would demand an hour’s rest.

    Judy — it was even more awe inspiring in person!

    Mumma — yes, but there we call it “stubborn” and don’t necessarily consider it good.

    Pauline — I concur.

    Morgan — nice plug. You forgot to add your business card. You do have a business card?

  5. To me, they seem to represent different aspects of tenacity. The little flower is plucky. It’s like it doesn’t know it’s not supposed to be there. That’s where it landed, so it might as well grow, happily oblivious to its difference. The trees are more ruthless. They are being forced out, but they aren’t going without a fight. The trees in the last picture are making the best of a less than ideal situation. It doesn’t make any sense for them to be there, but that’s where they are, and they are doing alright, so they can’t figure out why they should move just because nature says so.

    Very nice photos.

  6. Nessa — beautiful countryside!

    Brig — the flower is growing out from beneath the driftwood. It couldn’t bend the wood, so it bent itself. In picture two, those trees are literally growing from the side of the boulder. Because of the angle of the beach I couldn’t get a more direct shot from far enough away to show the trees and the rock. As for the 3rd pic — at high tide those trees inhabit an island and belong more to the sea then land. I think they all, indeed, have created their own world just the way they want it.

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