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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. Beautiful shots you’ve got here 🙂

    p/s: So sorry, I’ve got no idea with the name of the flower I’ve shot 🙁 I’m a flower name idiot 😛

  2. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
    and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
    – Stanley Horowitz

    This is for the beautiful second shot. 🙂

  3. CK — thank you, it’s my favorite.

    Gattina — I thank you. The leaf is flattered.

    Napaboaniya — I will ask my botanist when he gets home. He may not know, either., but it’s worth a try.

    Indrani — thank you. I call it, “The Fallen” because there is simething sad about the shot despite it’s beauty.

    Pamela — I have no idea what the flower is and neither does my botanist. The bush also had little orange berries.

  4. Ya know… wordLESS Wednesday was GREAT for me a few months ago when I was strugglin’ for things to talk about…. but lately… it JUST doesn’t work for me! MY wednesday is quite wordy today!

    Your flowers are lovely … but I just gotta tell ya… I absolutely LOVE that bottom shot! I think that one would be framed in my home.

  5. I love both of these. The flowers are just beautiful – so soft against the blurred stone (I think it’s stone) background. I love the second shot especially. I am a sucker for shadows and I love the composition (how cool is it that I can use that word) and framing of the shot. It would be beautiful framed and hanging on a wall.

  6. Right Glue — thank you — me, too.

    Hillary — the flowers are drapped over a nearby stone wall. I took both of these photos in Foster’s Botanical Garden (Oahu, Hawaii).

    Minkydo — the blue is quite delicate and soft.

    Melli — I have been so busy lately that I needed WW to catch up!

    Leora — thank you. I think you are the only person so far who prefers the top one.

    Brig — sometimes I’m paying attention and I notice the dmall stuff.

    Christy — I like the way my eye travels around the photo before settling on the leaf. It rather mimics the float pattern of a leaf when it falls.

    Brian — thanks. That’s what caught my eye, too — and the leaf was the crowning touch.

    Raven — I am contemplating doing just that because I love the shot so much.

    Mar — thank you.

    Holly — thank you.

  7. Oh quilly, that second shot is simply breathtaking.. good enough to adorn any gallery wall.

    (I love the new pic of you, too!)

  8. The top flower is so cooling to look at when it is so hot here. I love it.

    The other one is a reminder for those of us on the mainland that fall is not that far away.

    I love both of them!

  9. oohhhh… i love the delicate blue of the flowers against the rough stone (concrete?) stairs, but i simpla adore the second shot!

  10. The first one’s quite beautiful. The second one I thought was some strange photo effect at first, but it’s nice to see that it’s a natural effect. Cool!

  11. Great shots, Quilly! Especially the second one of the leaf on the steps. That one has really great lines. Interesting contrast of angularity and the organic leaf.

  12. Hi Quilly. Hmmmmm…. I thought I’d written you a message that I can’t find anywhere now… so, if I did and this is a repeat, please excuse me, haha.

    I wanted to say Thanks so much for your support on my post Then & Now — Confusion. I so much appreciate it. I left you a reply there.

  13. Gengen — thank you.

    Shrinky — double thank you and wow, even.

    Amber — winter, spring, summer and fall — are all pretty much same/same here.

    Polona — that’s pretty much how I feel, too. I like each photo, but the second is my fave.

    Carol — thank you — and thank David, too.

    Baba — thank you.

    Diva — straight from the camera unedited except for sizing.

    Bill — I don’t know, and OC tried looking it up, but it doesn’t appear to be native to Hawaii.

    Sandy — thank you.

    Willow — oh thank you. I love it when people talk technique to me. It makes me feel like a real photographer!

    Jientje — it is my fave, too.

    Alice — what a wonderful compliment! Thank you.

    Reba — they aren’t Forget-Me-Nots. The center of a For-Get-Me-Not is very different and has a 5 pointed Texas star — just ask any Texan, they’ll tell you.

    Alice — I went and read your reply. I am glad my advice was in line with everyone else’s. It probably means we’re all correct.

    Nea — Thank you. I thought the shot looked cool, tranquil and shady.

  14. I love the subtleness of the first one. Beautiful soft tones to match. The lines and shadows in the second are nice as well. Sorry I’m so brief, but I’m still here looking. 🙂

  15. In my quest for solitude you have made it clear to me that beauty and gifts of life are passing by unknowingly.
    Your photographs are wonderful!!!

  16. those are beautiful. And the shot of the stair played with my mind. I first thought you have taken a picture looking at stairs in front of you as the leaf was falling perfectly. Now I see it is a shot looking down. You got the angle perfect.

  17. I love these — both of them. The first for its softness and the second for its … hardness.
    That second shot would fit nicely with this week’s Thematic Photographic meme. The prompt this week is “Patterns”. Check it out if you get a chance.

  18. Dr. John — liking is plenty good enough. I know you miss my anecdotes. OC posted one, if that helps any.

    Andrew — that’s what I was trying for.

    Carletta — thank you. It did turn out well.

    Will — thanks.

    Robert — brief is fine, I know you have some catching up to do all over the net. I’m glad you’re feeling well enought to sit up.

    Pauline — healing takes time, but don’t make it a prison. Remember to venture out — and to let others in.

    Jules — I literally happened on that shot. I was walking along and it emerged from the shadows.

    Mojo — photo meme? I’ll be right over!

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