Friday, January 20, 2023

Aloha

Aloha from Honolulu!
Terry and I made it to Hawaii, after a long trip that gifted us with 
an atmospheric riverPacific Ocean expanses, and beautiful clouds.

I was curious to see what an atmospheric river would look like in Cloud Land
I caught my first glimpse as our plane left Las Vegas and headed for Honolulu.

A Broad Band of Cloud ~ An Atmospheric River
 ~ with Cumulous Clouds in the Foreground
Over Jean, Nevada USA
January 10, 2023
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As we flew closer, the broad band of cloud looked more ominous.

An Atmospheric River ~ with Cumulous Clouds in the Foreground
‎⁨Mojave National Preserve⁩, ⁨Nipton⁩, ⁨Southwest Extreme Triangle⁩, ⁨United States⁩
January 10, 2023
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The pilot announced that it would be bumpy
and instructed the flight crew to strap in as we flew into the wall of gray.
The cloud enveloped our plane, and we bumped and jittered up through a thick gray fog,
until we broke through the roof of the atmospheric river.


Emerging Through the Top of an Atmospheric River
‎⁨Newberry Springs⁩, ⁨Mojave Desert⁩, ⁨United States⁩
January 10, 2023
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Flying Above the Top of an Atmospheric River
‎⁨Fontana⁩, ⁨California⁩, ⁨United States⁩
January 10, 2023
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After more than an hour flying over the North Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii
we finally cleared the atmospheric river and saw blue ocean below.

Fair Weather Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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An hour and a half later I actually spotted container ship below.

A Container Ship Somewhere on the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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It's hard to grasp how vast the Pacific Ocean is, 
water as far as you can see as you fly for hours and hours.
Cloud Land relieves the aching ocean blue with its endless patterns of evaporation.

Cloud Land Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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Cloud Land Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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Cloud Land Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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Cloud Land Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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Cloud Land Over the North Pacific
January 10, 2023
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And, then, like something out of a dream, Maui appears, followed by Molokai and Lanai.

‎⁨Kula⁩, Maui⁩, ⁨Hawaii⁩, ⁨United States⁩
January 10, 2023
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‎⁨Maui⁩ (lower right), Lanai (upper left), Molokai (upper right)
January 10, 2023
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In no time at all, we were over Honolulu and landing.

‎⁨Flying Over Diamond Head and Waikiki
January 10, 2023
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‎⁨Heading for Our Gate
January 10, 2023
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It's bliss to be back!

Back on Our Lanai on the 28th Floor
Royal Kūhiō, Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 10, 2023
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Rain's Thursday Art Date theme for this week is Collage.
I don't have a collage piece, but I do have a grouping of sculptures
which includes what I thought was Donatello's famous sculpture 
of David, the boy who defeated the giant Goliath.
But this statue is not the famous Donatello sculpture in the Bargello, 
and I can't figure out where I took this photo (possibly an Eduardo Secco gallery).
Below this "collage" is the actual Bargello sculpture.

 
A "Collage" of Sculptures 
Florence, Italy 
September 18, 2018
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Donatello's David in the Bargello
Florence, Italy 
September 19, 2018
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For Nicole's Friday Face Off, I chose two closeups of Donatello's sculpture:
the shepherd Davids' face and the head of the giant Goliath.

Donatello's David in the Bargello
Florence, Italy 
September 19, 2018
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The Slain Goliath
Bargello, Florence, Italy 
September 19, 2018
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Happy creating! 





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

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On the Bay of Fundy
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60 comments:

  1. I've been to Hawaii when I was young (coming back from Japan) but I don't remember it. It would be weird to see nothing but ocean for hours on end.
    Have a great time!

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    1. Thanks, Alex! So far so good. It's been a relaxing time which I really need. Have a great weekend!

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  2. What a fantastic vacation! The sky and cloud photos are fantastic. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Thanks, Leigh! Hopefully, I'll have lots of things to share. Have a great weekend!

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  3. haha can't remember? Maybe too busy staring at that backside? hahaha

    Yeah. The oceans sure are vast. Taking ships across them must take forever. The amount of time people spend on those container ships and the like must be nuts. Can't say I've been in an atmospheric river before. Enjoy the sun and sand we are finally getting that white crap here today.

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    1. That backside definitely dominates the photo ~ lol! I'd go bonkers on a container ship. That is definitely not the life for me. Aurora just had its worst snowstorm in thirty years. I'm sure glad I am here. and dodged that! I'm loving the sunshine, although I haven't hit the sand yet. I've been swimming in a pool almost every day, building up my confidence and strength for tackling the ocean. My vision is much better, and Terry will be with me when I venture into the ocean. I hope you don't get hit too hard with the white crap! Have a great weekend, Pat!

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  4. How lovely to go to Hawaii. I've never been, and your photos make it quite enticing. I also like your "collage" of sculptures. I'm so happy for you, Louise! Not long ago I spoke to a client on a work-related matter. She has a summer house in Lansdowne. I thought, Well, I know about that place. I couldn't engage in any personal conversation with her, though.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Wow, Janie! Talk about a small world! A summer house in Lansdowne! It is lovely to be in Hawaii, especially since there has been a lot of snow since we left Aurora. I hope to share lots of photos. Last year, when I was here, I was so sick because of my thyroid, that I hardly took any photos. So not me. Have a great weekend!

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  5. I love your aerial views of Hawaii! My Rare One and I always said that, if we ever won the Big Lottery, we'd build a vacation home in Kula, Maui, LOL!

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    1. Maui is certainly a spectacular place, Debra. We flew there on a day trip on Wednesday. I've given up on winning the Big One, although I still sometimes buy tickets. I likely wouldn't buy a place there with lotto winnings now. I'd stay in a post hotel in Wailea and hire a driver to take me all over the island, and a nature guide to carry my backpack as I explored off-road. A good-looking one ~ lol. I can dream, can't I?

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  6. Interesting sights from your flight. I've flown across the Pacific a number of times (to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and am generally asleep!

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    1. Thanks, Jeff! I have slept at nighttime flying over the Pacific, but if it's daytime, I try to get a window seat and watch the show.

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  7. I felt entranced by cloud land you flew over dear Louise. Bumpy part of the flight through atmospheric River must be thrilling yet bit scary?
    Just like you if was there I have kept looking outside the window below and kept clicking :)

    This is so exciting and amazing to witness all these breathtaking views through your eyes :)
    Magical shots that will be treasured in my for long!
    By the grace of God you guys landed safely and the photo of your balcony shows that you stay will be rewarding as well. Loved the sunlight bathing the sitting area.
    Health peace and happiness to you two!

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    1. Thanks, Baili, my uplifting friend! I used to be very frightened by turbulence in the air when I was flying. But a Navy structural engineer convinced me that planes could handle the bumpy air on commercial flights. Now I find it more thrilling than scary. The earth is so beautiful from the sky, and I'm glad that you enjoyed seeing it through my eyes. Terry is so sweet ~ He always insists that I take the window seat so I can see and take photos of the beauty. I love the view from our lanai. To the right we can see the Ali Way Canal and the mountains, to the right the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and in between the urban skyscrapers. It's so different from where we live in Aurora on the edge of the High Plains. Both places have big skies, and I love that more than anything else. I would feel trapped living in an area with tall trees hiding the sky. Blessings to you and your family, Baili!

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  8. The cloud formations you have shown are just gorgeous! Great face off event choice too

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    1. Thanks, Roentare. The amazing thing about the clouds in the sky is how ephemeral they are. They are constantly changing. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Ohhh you got some fantastic photos. What a sight. Faces of clouds and faces of statues. How wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with FFO. Have a wonderful time.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. I'm glad that you enjoyed the faces. I am truly happy and blessed to be here in Hawaii.

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  10. We just "enjoyed" back to back to back atmospheric rivers on the ground for a few weeks. We finally got a break. As much as we need the rain, this was a bit much in a very short time.
    I love Hawai'i, especially the Big Island. I don't think I would enjoy the view of high rise buildings though.

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    1. Hi Carole! I'm glad that you got some much-needed rain, but it would have been better if the volume had been spread out over more time. I love the high-rise buildings, especially at night because they are so beautiful and different from what I normally see. To their right from our lanai we have a gorgeous view of the ocean and to their left we have a view of the Ali Wai Canal and the gorgeous mountains. I win in every direction I look. Have a great weekend! Dry, I hope!

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  11. Interesting to see the atmospheric river that has been plaguing California. Enjoy Hawaii. Beautiful sculpture for the art date.

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I found it fascinating to experience the atmospheric river from the sky. I'm so happy to escape from the cold and snow here in Hawaii! Take care!

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  12. I've flown to Hawaii a number of times, but I sleep or read so I've never spent as much time looking at clouds. Your photo essay is very nice, especially trying to see the atmospheric rivers.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! Whenever I fly I often ask the flight attendant for the best side to sit on to look out the window and take photos. I read or sleep if I can't get a window to look out. Have a great weekend!

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  13. OMG!!! What awesome clous shots!
    Luv the sculptures as well.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Much❤love

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    1. Thanks, Gillena! I always enjoy seeng your blog. Have a good one!

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  14. Glad you got to Hawaii safely even though the ride was bumpy. Your pictures of the clouds are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I never tire of flying through the beautiful sky and clouds. Have a good weekend!

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  15. Have fun in Hawaii. I have never been but it is one of the top places on my bucket list, probably even #1. We had plans to visit in 2020, and we all know how that year went. I loved seeing the photos from the plane. And the view from your lanai. I'm off today myself for a few days in Florida to escape the snow. I'll share photos when I get back and promise you'll share some Hawaii photos too. Have fun. hugs-Erika

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    1. Thanks, Erica. I hope you are enjoying the Florida sunshine. I'll definitely be sharing Hawaii photos. I'm so lucky to be here. You have fun too! hugs to you.

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  16. Your cloud shots are beautiful. And check out that blue sky! Oh, I'd love to be there right now! I've never been to Hawaii!

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    1. I hope you make it to Hawaii sometime, Jeanie! I dreamed of coming to Hawaii from the time I was a little girl. I finally made it here after I married Terry. We've returned over and over because it is such a special place. Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. ...Aloha, you captured some fabulous pictures from the plane. I hope that you enjoy your stay, be safe.

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    1. Thanks, Tom! I love watching the Earth below me when I fly. Aloha, my friend!

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  18. Your photos of your trip to Hawaii are amazing. I have only ever flown over land, unless you count arriving in LA, where we must turn around over the Pacific in order to land. I was impressed by the size of the Pacific and was delighted you kept taking photos all the way there. I was surprised how close those three islands are to each other. Great perspective shot.

    What a beautiful lanai. I look forward to spending tine with you on it through the eyes of your lens.

    Enjoyed the faces, too. A truly lovely and very relaxing post, Louise.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Elizabeth! The Hawaiian Islands are surprisingly close to one another. A flight from Honolulu to Maui's Kahului Airport takes 21-22 minutes in the air. You can spend more time taxiing than flying. I plan to share lots of Hawaiian photos. Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Wonderful photos of the sky and clouds 🤩
    And very impressive statue faces of the glorious antique art.
    Happy weekend and the week ahead 🌺💗

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    1. Thanks, Sirkkis! If you like antique art, there is no place like Italy, and Florence has spectacular art. Have a lovely weekend.

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  20. As old as I am, I have never been to Hawaii ... my son and his wife went and my grandparents went, but I haven't. Rumor has it that it is very expensive, so I guess I have denied myself the opportunity. What I love most about your post is the clouds ... I love clouds. Once upon a time I used to know the names of them like you, but no more ... I just see them, love them and often take pictures of them. I am waiting for Rain to give a prompt of clouds :) Loved your Italian humor, especially the Ebola ... normally there is nothing funny about Ebola, but that is what made this so funny :) As always, though you don't always post, when you do, it's a slam dunk! Good to see you again, Louise :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment about my posts, Andrea! Yes, Hawaii is expensive, but traveling here has been my dream since I was a little girl. I have always been fascinated by volcanoes, and Hawaii is an amazing volcano destination. Terry made my Hawaiian dreams come true, and we escape the snow and cold for time here, especially in the last decade. Of course we do everything we can to save money, and we eat nearly all our breakfasts and lunches in our condo, a fair number of dinners too. We walk and ride the bus. I love being here. I hope sometime you get a chance to see it too. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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  21. Hawaii is indeed a special place ~ awesome sky shots ~ and Italian photos and funnies are great ~ Enjoy your time away ~ Xo


    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I am enjoying my time in this gorgeous state. Have a lovely weekend ~ Hugs to you!

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  22. I can always count on you for the most AMAZING posts! Your photos are incredible!! You love maps like me and I am grateful you showed the map of the Hawaiian islands. As a travel agent for 20 years, I can tell you that most Americans do not know them! I JUST watched a RIck Steves special on PBS that showed that same sculpture of David with Goliath's head at his feet and now, I see it on your post! Hope you are having a FANTASTIC time in Hawaii. ALOHA!! Love, Kay

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    1. Terry and I are having an awesome time, Kay! I never tire of Hawaii. It is a remarkable place. Right now I'm watching the Eddie surfing competition on tv. It takes place in Waimea Bay on the North Shore. Terry is checking out the pickleball at Fort DeRussy.

      I'm "rehabbing" a bum hip caused by a broken foot and broken rib. I'm doing exercises in a pool every day. I haven't been able to swim since before the pandemic because I developed Graves Eye Disease and bad double vision. I have my last two drug infusions (out of eight) here in Hawaii, and my vision is much better. I look forward to tackling the ocean again.

      Yes, you and I do love maps! Have you played the online map game Worldle? worldle.teuteuf.fr. It's like wordle, but with maps.

      Have a great week!

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  23. How wonderfull! I have been to Honolulu and now you made me wanting to go back there. You were even able to capture many gorgeous shots of teh clouds on your flight. Love it. Have a great time over there.

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    1. Thanks, Monica! I dreamed of going to Hawaii from the time I was a small girl, and I've been lucky to spend time here over the years. It's lovely to escape the snow and cove at home. I hope you get a chance to return. Aloha!

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  24. Lovely pics, and what an interesting time away you both have had. When you said about your journey being 'bumpy' it reminded me of a plane journey my husband, son and I were having to Canada. The weather was very bad and the plane dropped a long way down, everyone was a bit anxious. Then a choir who were traveling in the back of the plane started singing The Lord's prayer and everything calmed. All the passengers clapped. Our favourite journeys were always on ships - although we were once on a liner in forty foot waves. :-)

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    1. Lovely to see you, Brenda! I would have been scared at a long drop. How comforting the choir must have been! Forty-foot waves would have been concerning ~ lol!

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  25. For some reason, although it says in my comments section on my blog that you have left a comment, it is not showing up.

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    1. I basically said that your poem and its illustrations were beautiful and that you reminded me of my Great Uncle Cuppie who consistently advocate for Jesus. You are an inspiration, my friend! I'm glad to hear that you haven't been too impacted by world events in Northern Ireland. Take care!

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  26. Enjoy! My best friend lives in Maui and one of these days I'll get there.

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    1. I hope that you do, Diane. Maui is a spectacular place, and I'm sure you would have a blast with your friend seeing it. Take care!

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  27. Enjoy.
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  28. Beautiful view, I would have been nervous on the flight though

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    1. Thanks, Adam. I used to be nervous about flying, but I always remember that it's a very safe way to travel. Have a good one, my friend!

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  29. Louise, I hope as I'm typing this that you are still enjoying the warmth of Hawaii!! I am in love with your sky/cloud photos...they are so beautiful, what a great experience! And your sculpture collage!!! I appreciated those photos so much thank you! ♥

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    1. Thanks, Rain! Yes, we are still in Hawaii and will be here until early March. I love the condo we are renting. I don't think we'll be able to enjoy it next year, because it's for sale. In fact there is a showing on Friday. Groan! Whine! 10:00 am, and I have to have it ready to show! I'm very hopeful about this new year, because I'm feeling so much better. Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend!

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