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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Lexi Graduates, University of Washington

Lexi Jones

Kaija, Lexi, Samia, Amanda

Lexi and Aunt Karen

Lexi and Sister Amanda

The Three Princess

Kaija, Grandma Karen, Lexi, Grandpa  Jim


Friday, May 6, 2016

Big Island Hawaii

Ranch Land on North Side

Waterfall on West Side

 The Big Island is one of the most diverse island you will ever find. The east side is the dry side and gets an average of 12 inches a year while on the west side Hilo gets around 157 inches of rain. The north side has a lot of green ranch land. Even ancient craters are covered with green grass. The south side is dominated by the volcano and lava flows.

  The island is composed of two Volcanos. Mauna Kea on the north side is 13,796 feet tall and last erupted in 2460 BC. The active Volcano is Mauna Loa on the south side which is 13,678 feet high

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Abandoned Resort

 This resort at the black sand beach in Punaluu was destroyed by a tsunami in 1975.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Black Sand Beach

Looking across Pond to Black sand Beach

 At the south end of the island there is a black sand beach which once had a large resort on this fish pond. The resort was damaged in a tsunami in 1975 and only ruins remain.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Road to Mauna Kea

Looking Back to the Saddle Road between the two Volcanos

Near the Top

Two of the several telescopes on the Summit

 From sea level in Hilo it is only a couple hours to you reach the top of Mauna Kea at 13,796. On jeep trails in Colorado we routinely go over 13,000 feet but there we never start from sea level. The last 9 miles or so are dirt and 4WD is advised but the little rental car did fine going up. Unfortunately it would not shift into a lower gear going down making for a slow trip and hot brakes going down.

Monday, May 2, 2016

More from the Red Road

  There are Several Tree Tunnels along the Red Road

Thermal Hot Pool at Oceans Edge

Painted Church near end of Road

The scenery and vegetation makes the Red Road one of my favorite drives. There is also a park with a large hot pool. Some of the ocean waves break into the pool keeping it from being too hot. The Painted Church is near the end of the road where it had been moved too to avoid flowing lava in 1990.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Red Road

 South of Hilo there is a great drive along the coast. It is or was called the Red Road as one time it was paved with red cinders but now it has been blacktopped. These two photos were at sunrise.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Roots, Hawaii


Out the Bedroom Window


Except for the Orchid all these photos were within a few feet of the condo. A few miles from the condo was a place were they raised Orchids and had over 20,000 Orchids.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


 Lava comes in many varieties from the very rough and sharp which you couldn't walk on to the very smooth with many textures.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chain of Craters Road

The Top of Chain of Craters Road

Lava Flows Along the Road

One of Several Craters Along the Road

Sunrise at the Bottom on the Road

Some of the Steam Vents Along the Road

Looking Back from Bottom of the Road

The Chain of Craters Road starts at the park entrance an winds past numerous craters and lava flows for 22 miles before it ends where a large lava flow closed it. There was no lava flowing along the road or into the sea. It was the first time I have been to the Big Island without lava flowing. Apparently there was one place where lava was flowing but is was on private land and inaccessible.

To get to the bottom of the road for sunrise even though only 22 miles took about an hour in the dark as it is almost always raining with some fog an the numerous birds including the Nene birds crossing the road.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Big Island Hawaii

Glow from the lava lake

Lava lake about 2 miles from Volcano, Hawaii

 It's 57 degrees F (26C) in Hawaii as I leave the condo on an early morning photo trip. The Big Island is my favorite of the Hawaiian  Islands and I'm back for the first time in years on a two week photo trip. This time I'm staying in Volcano on the south east side. Yes, there is a town called Volcano, just outside the Volcano National Park and at 4000 feet elevation it is cooler than most places on the island.  If you drove down the highway you would not know there is a town here at all as you would only see the jungle. On the old road through town you would see only  a few buildings in this town with a  population of 2213. On the 4 blocks from the Inn's office to the condo only one building is visible before you turn off the road and drive through a tunnel of trees for a hundred feet to the condo in a clearing just big enough for a couple parking spaces and a building which is surrounded buy ferns that are 2 story tall.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Memories of Palmyra

Temple of Bel

1000 Year Old Fort on Hill at Palmyra

The Fort

Funeral Tower at Palmyra

More funeral Towers

Gate in the Palmyra Oasis

Inside the fort at Palmyra

Cafe on the Road to Palmyra at the Turnoff to Iraq

For the past 7 years I have been fortunate enough to travel in the Middle East and have spent a couple months in Syria on three trips. One of my favorite places in the Middle East is the Syrian desert town of Palmyra. Two thousand years ago Palmyra was a busy Roman town and the ruins left in the desert there are some of the most spectacular you will ever see, until now.

 A few months ago the town was taken over by Isil resulting in horrible death and destruction. People have been slaughtered  in the street, the Roman Theater has been used for beheading soldiers and killing their children, 81 year old Khaled Al-Asaad an archeologist from the museum was beheaded last week and his body hung in the town square because he would not tell them where antiquities were hidden, and 2000 year ruins have been destroyed. Just this week the very large and impressive Temple of Bel and its columns, see first photo, has been blown up. At first it was impossible to believe but now satellite photos show it destroyed.

 These photos were taken on a month long trip I made there in April 2011 with my brother. We traveled over 2000 miles in our rental car which at one time was taken over by the army who had us transport two soldiers to the coast. This was right after the war first started and the owner of our hotel drove us to the airport in Damascus saying he would get us there safely as he knew all the back roads.