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Petroleum Pipe Line,
Barber’s Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu has 16 petroleum pipe lines.  One stretches over the road to THE BOAT landing at Barber’s Point near Kapolei.  It is painted bright blue, perhaps to help it fade into the sky?  No chance.  It is there arching over the road and disappearing into the greenery — but the real eye sore is from whence it comes …

Here the patch of ugliness starts.  Just beyond this is razor wire and barren dirt/rocks (sorry that photo didn’t turn out well).  Of course, this site is deep in the guts of the business district and little more can be expected, right.  This is about profit and the tourists don’t hang out here, but Actually, much has been done to beautify the area — which is why this little section sticks out so.

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Project Blue
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I am missing all of you and I am sorry if you are missing me.  We’ve come to the last two days of school and I am so busy I can’t see straight.  I am expecting to be short on time through Monday, at the very least, but hope to do some catching up on the weekend.  (Saturday is the church car wash.  Sunday is a gathering with friends. Monday the car has a doctor’s appointment which means I drive it into town and stay there ALL day.)

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. is this busyness a contagious disease or what?
    i’ll be out of town for the weekend, starting tomorrow, so will be missing on stuff too…
    this may be ugly stuff but the photos are good!

  2. I love that first shot! Guess even paradise has its uglys.

    Believe me, I know how stressful these last days of school can be – keep in mind it will be over soon.

  3. ring ring

    “we” are getting a little worried
    no contact with ferry hill

    “we” may make an attempt to contact

    a quick chat
    thats the ticket…

  4. perhaps it is painted blue to hide the blue birds which seem not to be flitting around these parts this summer… tell them to come on back home. cat is in the house now so it’s safe again.

  5. Well, I WAS missing you – but of course you’re forgiven… I just thought you were on a field trip to the pipe lines! How do you make PIPE LINES look good???

    Only TWO more days??? Oh WOW! I can’t wait til you’re on summer vacation!? Hey… when you LIVE in Hawaii… where do you GO for vacation???

  6. Oh I hear you about busyness lately. I’ve been leading professional development meetings this week and will continue next week. They’re going well but it’s ton of work.

    I love the first image. I like how it expands across the entire frame. And the blue is great as well. Nicely done!

    Hang in there. You’re reward of time off awaits you.

  7. The scenery is still beautiful and the perspectives and angles are great too.
    But I can understand why the pipe lines give you the blues…!

  8. Juliana — safe trip. Have some fun mixed in with all the busy.

    Jientje — it’s the camera, it just lets me come along to drive.

    Carletta — this year has been especially difficult for many reasons. I have never wanted a year to end as much as this.

    Anna — thank you.

    shhh — no news is good news?

    Dr. John — soon, I hope.

    Sauerkraut — there are no blue birds in Hawaii, but we do have Boobies and Zebra Doves with blue faces.

    Melli — hopefully to sleep! zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Robert — end of the year professional development? Stuff to forget while on vacation?

    Andrew — the closer it gets the longer it seems.

    Nea — a petroleum rollercoaster ….

    Mar — I put $51.00 dollars worth of gas in my car today. I am beginning to think I need to learn to walk again ….

    Gattina — it rains just a little bit here most every day, but usually the sun still shines.

    Robin — sunset it is.

    Karen — nope, only from the harbor to the refinery, maybe a mile.

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