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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. Brian — Ah, but this is the community orchestra, NOT the symphony.

    Karen — the photo was taken in the common area (center) of a high school in/near Waikiki. I’m sorry I don’t remember the name of the school.

    Melli — this lady was the only member of the orchestra who decided to practice. Most of them put their music cases down in front of the door and sat on them. THAT’s a shot I should have taken!

    Gattina — the “fiddle” is popular in Greece. See any of those?

    Baba — that tree is the reason I included the second photo. It lends ambiance.

    Dr. John — I played the violin in elementary school. I had asked for piano lessons, but a piano wouldn’t fit in our house.

  2. I would have loved to be able to listen to this, how lovely!
    Most certainly much different from the hard rock my son loves!!

    Very beautiful choice for V

  3. My son and daughter both play the violin – this brings back concert memories for me!
    I love the composition of the second picture.

  4. Juliana — it was a dramatic sky day. Too bad I wasn’t into sky shots that day.

    Mar — my love — a grown man — plays the trumpet in the orchestra and a jazz band, but listens to the hard rock NOISE on the radio.

    Carletta — thank you. I wish that second shot was a little sharper to go with that great composition.

    David — an economy of words is still too much when one is supposed to be wordless, but I am not good at holding my yap.

  5. I wimped out with the old standby “valentine”…”violin” never even came to mind. Nice photos you’ve got there. That is one odd looking tree, too.

  6. At first I thought it was the same picture with one run thru a colored lense but then I notices the woman’s head position has changed.


  7. Doug — there are a lot of wild and interesting trees in paradise … just as one might expect.

    Cyndi — that is one spectacular Valentine. It was the perfect addition. Oh — and Baba did Valentine, too.

    Sauerkraut — in half an hour we went from bright sunny skies to heavy cloud cover to rain. A rather typical weather phenomena here in paradise. It works in reverse, too — and in fact did so just today.

  8. Great photos. I thought about violin, but have no photos of one so…. haha. I got mine so close to finished this morning then had to run to appointments so had to do a couple finishing touches and upload it tonight.

    I love your photos. Is that you playing the violin? Or are you behind the camera?

  9. Whoof!! Mine was up this morning, but Mom needed the puter, then we took off fur the day, so I didn’t get to tell you that it was up.

    What’s a violin fur??

  10. How funny! I had made a note for V saying violin, and then could not remember having a picture of a violin. Seeing yours, I remember I took one during one of my recent photostrolls in Antwerp! Oh well, I’ve got violets instead, I guess that’s okay!

  11. Cooper — your comment made OC laugh and offer up his customary Maine, “Ayup”.

    Alice — my Trumpet Man plays with a couple of local groups (the civic orchestra and the community band, plus a jazz band), so I have access to all kinds of musical photo ops.

    Reba — it is a “box” made of wood that humans use to make music — or noise — depending on their skill level at manipulating the thing.

    Jientje — I’ve already see your violets and they are lovely.

  12. I love the sound of a violin. Was her sound wonderful on the breeze?
    I played in elementary school and wish I would have been brave enough to keep up with it.

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