Sunday, April 5, 2015

Oahu Flowers


Nothing chases away the winter blues
like beautiful flowers
drenched in tropical sunshine.



Hibiscus



Like many others, the Ever~Patient and I
fled winter's cold and headed south.



Enough Already!
    




Way south ...

  
Ten Mile Range
Separates the Breckenridge (left) and Copper Mountain (Right) Ski Slopes


... to the lovely, warm island of Oahu
    in the Hawaiian Islands.


Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean



Oahu



Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii




The Pacific Ocean, Waikiki


You don't have to look far for a floral lift
to your winter-worn spirits.


                                                    Shell Ginger


  Neighborhood near Diamond Head                                          Red Ginger



Bougainvillea






Plumbago





Bougainvillea, Waikiki





Bougainvillea







Lei Draped Statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Waikiki
Olympic Medalist Credited with Spreading 
the Sport of Surfing 





Hibiscus





Dancers Preparing to Perform
at the Honolulu Festival





Plumeria





Bougainvillea





Hibiscus





Dancers Wearing Leis and Haku Leis




It's never easy for us to leave a tropical paradise
and head home to the cold and snow.

"Next winter!" we promise ourselves,
"We'll return to the Aloha state!"



Hibiscus

45 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos, Louise, thanks for this mental vacation, I really needed it! I love Hibiscus...the last couple of summers here in Montreal I remember some flowers not surviving well due to our extremely hot and humid conditions (lilacs dried out), many wilted, but the Hibiscus (although there weren't many here), survived as well as the lilies. Happy Easter to you. Sending you a hug.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I was thinking of you every time I snapped a photo of a beautiful flower, especially the hibiscus! I know that you love flowers! Hug right back to you! I hope you had a lovely Easter!

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  2. Sooo much better than the crummy snow sights. The cat will have to save and hitch a ride there next winter haha then he cat eat all the pretty flowers and use the giant litterbox.

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    1. You've got that right, Pat! I'll take Hawaii over the snow anytime. The cat would have a ball! Have a great week, my friend!

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  3. hibiscus, truly gorgeous. Did you fly right over Barb( One Good Thing)'s home, on the Breckenridge side ? Hope that dose of sun and salt has set you up till next time.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Barb's house is in the picture somewhere ~ below the ski slopes, moving up Ten Mile Range until the first break in the range from the bottom of the photo. She lives very near my sister-in-law. The sun and salt will keep me going until I hit the Bay of Fundy this summer in Nova Scotia! I can't stay away from the ocean too long! Have a great week!

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  4. beautiful photos of hawaii

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  5. I love all the flowers of Hawaii! My Rare One and I go to Maui once every 5 years and we'll be there again in 2016 -- can't wait!

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    1. I have never stayed in Maui, but I've been in and out of the airport there! I'll bet you can't wait!!!!! The HawaiianIslands are one special place! Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! there are so many gorgeous spots in this world, but Hawaii has to be one of the most beautiful! Have a good one!

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  7. We went nine years ago in the summer. I thought it would be really hot, but it wasn't. Nice breeze. The beach and the neighborhood look familiar.

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    1. Hi Susie! You can't beat Hawaii any time of year! Hope all is well with you!

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  8. Very colorful! Did you enjoy all the dances?

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    1. Thanks, Alex! The dances are wonderful, whether they are professional productions, cultural exchange groups, or family members of our hotel owners who toss off their flip-flops and do impromptu hulas. I so love Hawaii!

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  9. Such beautiful flowers! I love bougainvillea, and you saw some gorgeous examples. How lucky for you to escape the end of winter by vacationing in Hawaii :)
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I am beyond lucky! I love bougainvillea too; it's such a colorful, happy plant! Take care!

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  10. Wow! Thanks for sharing these photos. I wish I was there. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tyrean! I wish I was back there too! It was awesome to be able to go!

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  11. Stunning photos! You're like birds flying south for the winter.

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    1. Thanks, Nick! I'm ruined ~ I want to fly south every winter now!

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  12. Those photos are gorgeous. I especially love the Hibiscus ones.

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    1. Thank, Lynda! I do love hibiscus, and these flowers are everywhere!

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  13. You know I love flowers! You will laugh at me, I draw pictures of flowers, connect them together and write "aloha" in the middle of them...and I have never been to Hawaii! Next time you go, take me! xx

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    1. We would have a blast, Kay! I think your flowery Aloha drawings sound so sweet! Hugs2u!

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  14. After a long, rainy day (with temps near freezing tomorrow) this is just what I needed. Love the pictures of the flowers and the whole journey to Hawaii. :)
    Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess! You have my sympathy! It's been a long winter for so many people.

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  15. Having just left O'ahu after living there for nearly four years, your post made me feel happily "homesick."

    Thanks for sharing... and aloha :)

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    1. Aloha, Mark! We've already booked our hotel for next March! (Definitely not the Royal Hawaiian, although I would love to stay there sometime!). Hawaii really calls to me!

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  16. Just had to comment on how gorgeous your photos are! Makes me want to return....have only been to Maui.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Hawaii keeps pulling me back. As a child living in northern Canada, I dreamed of going to Hawaii. It was always in my heart, and my dream came true so much more than I ever expected! I hope that you do get to go back!

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  17. Beautiful photos. Those flowers brought a smile to my face on this stormy gray day. :)

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    1. I'm glad, Christine! Stormy gray, go away!

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  18. Oh wow!! Your photos bring such warmth and sunshine through the screen at me. I feel as though I have had a full dose of Vitamin D (much needed believe me!). The blooms and the culture are just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing xx

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    1. Thanks, Chel! I think we all need a little Vitamin D right now! Hawaii is a special place! Have a good one!

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  19. Oh my, oh my.
    This is SO beautiful, Louise! The colour, the subjects, everything is warm and soothing. No wonder you both love this place.
    Thanks so much for sharing this.
    Now back to shoveling our deck........

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    1. Thanks, Jim! Now you two take it easy ~ I know neither one of you is supposed to be shoveling! Take care, my friend!

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  20. Hello dear Fundy :)
    Many many thanks for you such kind comments, I have not bee to Hawaii but still, I've been quite busy!!!
    tomorrow I am flying with hubby to Aussie land to see our grand children!
    Not much time to say all I would wish but I'll be back ASAP!
    Wonderful, colourful and moving post reminding me of my stay in Tahiti! I love your pics :)
    Keep well, I'm sure you're quite busy with preparing your photos for your blog...!!!

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    1. Thanks, and have a wonderful time in Assie, Noushka! How lovely that you get to see your grandchildren! Safe journeys my friend! Hugs!

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  21. I've never been it the Islands. Thanks for taking me there for a moment!
    I love your shot of Breck and Copper. How very cool!

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    1. Hi Dreaming! It's good to see you! And thanks for your kind words!

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  22. Oh to visit Hawaii! What a dream that would be. Perhaps one day. In the meantime, I can enjoy it through your visits and lovely photos. It must be so hard to leave a place like that.

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    1. I dreamed of going there so much when I was growing up, Martha. And then shortly after Terry and I were married, he took me there. You have your MAGITW, and so do I. We went a second time a year or two later, and then we hadn't been back in a very long time. In 2012 we went to my nephew and new niece's wedding on Waikiki, and that kick-started us into yearly trips. Hawaii feeds my soul. I do hope that you get to go! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that you are out having fun!

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  23. and we will tag along with you!!

    WINKS & ALOHA!!
    Ron

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