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I love visiting the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Diversity abounds: the buildings, the languages, the people & their skin colors, and the plant life. Each step along every path brings something new and amazing.

For instance, this Coral Tree simply took my breath away. I stopped to photograph it, and a gentleman on campus stopped to query me. “What purpose is there in taking pictures of flowers?” He asked.

“Purpose?” I parroted and shrugged. “I just thought they were pretty.”

“Pretty is not important.” He flicked his hand like he was brushing away dust.

“But look at them,” I pointed and said. “The shape –. The texture –. The amazing color –.”

“Listen,” he said. “If you want to see something truly amazing you need to study mathematics.”

“But numbers aren’t very photogenic.” I replied.

He looked at me quizzically, shook his head and walked away. I was shaking my head as I watched him go.


Erythrina crista-galli, Fabaceae
common name: Coral Tree
origin: Brazil.

Zosterope japonicus japonicus
, Zosteropidae,
common name: Mejiros or Japanese White Eye
[named for the ring of white around it’s eyes]
origin: Japan
[song bird]

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. There is beauty in numbers and in flowers. These would look good tucked behind one ear Quill.

    Say hi to OC and I hope he gets through the deadline.

  2. i’m glad you chose to show us the tree – and birds. mathematics may have its virtues but i still prefer the beauty i can see.

  3. Doug — that is not a thought I would have anticipated from a dawg in regard to a tree.

    Polona — those birds were a pure luck shot. They darted around so much and were so flighty I was actually trying to avoid them. They blurred a couple of my shots. In fact, until I saw this one I was anticipating it would be ruined as well. The birds rushed into the shot after I framed the picture and as I was pushing the shutter!

  4. OMG! I am SOOOOO jealous! Beautiful. Great job with the pics.

    It’s beautiful here, too, with the trees laden with snow. (We nearly broke the 1969 December snow fall record – are you too young to remember that winter)? Looks like a winter wonderland on our mountain…but it is below freezing every single day and I MISS the birds and the flowers!

  5. SN — I used to read during math class. I’d stick a novel inside my book and enjoy the heck out of that 40 minute period.

    Sis — you don’t have to be jealous. Get over your fear of flying and come visit. You’re welcome any time. Oh, and I was 9 that winter — I remember it well. There are even a couple stories about it on, “The Grownups Wanted Us Dead”.

  6. Some people just don’t know how to stop and take in God’s Beauty he has given us. Was the Gentleman you were talking to wearing “Rose Colored Glasses”

    A wonderful weekend is wished for you and OC

  7. Nessa — I suppose someone, somewhere is telling him much the same thing about his math.

    Bur Bill, if he were wearing “rose colored glasses” wouldn’t he only see beauty?

  8. Diversity of opinion is always fascinating. Please continue to take photos for not all of us enjoy the challenge of intense mathematics 🙂

  9. I have a Master’s Degree in math and I never thought numbers were beautiful. It does take all kinds. Now your pictures are beautiful.

  10. Happy New Year QuillDancer and OC,
    All the best with your new future.
    Take care of each other, be safe!

    from an old blogger friend.

  11. Pauline — day-to-day math is about my limit. Pictures I can look at — usually — without too much confusion. 🙂

    Dr. John — wow! I never would have known. I mean, you speak English and everything!

    Holly! Wow! Long time, no see! How have you been?

  12. I think it would make a lovely puzzle… with NUMERous pieces. And I love diversity too! Matter of fact — I wrote a poem about Maryland and it’s diversity once! I’ll have to see if I can find where I have it posted (it’s been a long time) and share it with you…

  13. Melli — all that green and red would make that a challenging puzzle. Would your husband and your MIL be up to it? And I’m waiting for that link to your poem — don’t forget!

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