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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. A perfect, natural sun shade. That looks very tranquil! Great T. How does it grow in the sand? Love how greenery will thrive no matter what.

  2. Two of my favorite things: trees, the sea. You’ve captured them both beautifully. Sigh. I want to sit under that tree and gaze at the water.

  3. You stole my word! Well, almost…;)
    What a peaceful looking place to be though- I could sit there for hours watching that sea and listening to its’ sounds.

  4. David — it’s hard to take a bad photo of God’s masterpieces.

    Dr. John — how long hav e you had that stutter?

    Jientje — the sound of the waves — and jet planes. This tree is actually very near the Kailua-Kona airport on Hawaii (a.k.a. “The Big Island”).

    Gattina — there is no sand under this tree or on this beach. The ground is pebbles and rocks — mostly broken coral.

    Robert — your beach blanket had best be padded. Check out my comments to Jientje & Gattina.

    Mar — beautiful, indeed — and the water was perfect.

    Cath — that isn’t sand it’s growing in, it’s coral — so you need to ask, how is that tree growing in calcium carbonate. The lava rock (these islands are primarily that) and the coral rubble are very rich in nutrients — or so says the botanist/oceanographer on the other end of the couch.

    Melli — well, I drive down unmarked roads in the middle of nowhere and pray that I don’t get lost/mugged/murdered. This beach is actually very near the Kona airport and the science station OC visits monthly. Beside a roadside/oceanside park, which was packed, was a bumpy road no sensible person would have taken my sedan down. Fortunately, I am not sensible, and this tree was waiting for me at the end of the line.

    Karen — it is the link that makes my spam filter eat your comments. Be patient. I check daily and fish them out.

    Baba — be right there ….

    Juliana — hmmm, I couldn’t see much of the world from that spot. Behind me, where you can not see, was a long, low hedge. Mostly the view was ocean — which was glorious!

    Carletta — green and blues together are my favorite colors.

    Jules — now THAT would be a picture!

    San — I can give you driving directions …..

    Minkydo — you’d have to bring the lemonade in, so you might as well have a whole picnic.

    Cyndi — me, too.

    Donna — God does good work.

    JD — bring a padded cushion, the ground is very rocky.

    Andrew — I would love to have it blown up poster sized, but most probably the graphics place will want mucho dinero.

  5. Hi all… I’m totally caught up now, and my “U” is even up too. It’s after midnight here, but I’m 3 hours ahead of Quilly, so I guess that makes me early, haha.

    I’ll drop by in the morning to post in Quilly’s “U” comments… unless I’m still awake in 2 1/2 hours, then I’ll do it tonight, haha.

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