A few hours in Kailua Kona

As mentioned in the last post, I’ve been editing stuff. Specifically, my last novel. Yes, I have it in mind sending it out into the wild and see if it can hook an agent. I’m not holding my breath, but one can’t suffer crushing disappointment unless one tries. 

A quick comment forestalling words of encouragement . . . I mean the above as a good thing. Failure is a feature of life, and specifically, a feature of success. Yeah, I know; it sounds stupid. But, think about this . . . if you’re not willing to at first fail — and fail often — you’ll never succeed. I guarantee every gold medal winner in the Olympics has tried — and failed — many times before achieving a level of proficiency worthy of the gold.  

Here ends my pep talk.

So, a few hours in Kailua Kona . . . is a lie! That’s right; my title is a lie. This post and the next one in this series span about ninety minutes of February 6th. Those ninety minutes require two posts because . . . well, because I snapped a bunch of photos and a number of videos. For instance, this photo . . . 

. . . is one of ten photos that make up this animation:

The thing is, the waves and surf merit their own post, and so that’s how I’m splitting up the photos. 

Here, I’ll give you another taste of what’s to come . . . 

The second post will also feature more photos — and a couple of videos — of this turtle:

As usual, you can click on the photos and a larger version will open in a new tab or window. HOWEVER . . . no SmugMug gallery until I post the second part. At that time, I’ll dump all of the photos into a gallery for them who want to see better versions than what WordPress offers up. 

This post has forty-eight photographs but many will only be in the gallery at the end of the post. That’s because some are similar to each other and wading through two or three versions of the same photo might bore readers. Why so many similar photos? Because I used three different cameras. It made me feel like a pro, it did. 

Let’s get to the root of the post . . .  

See what I did there? Those are roots and . . . you know what? Nevermind. 

These were the roots of a tree next to where I parked the car. 

From the car, I made my way to a rusty truck that I see every day on the way back from the gym. I had previously captured, but I now approached it with three cameras! You could practically see it tremble in awe of my photographic prowess!

But, before I got to it, a flowering hedge caught my camera . . . er . . . eye. 

Right; the rusty truck . . . 

This truck has been there a few years . . . it was parked there sometime in 2010 or 2011. How do I know that? Because I went to Google Earth and used the feature that lets you go back through their previous snapshots of the area. The truck was not there at the beginning of 2010 but was there in 2011 and thereafter. 

You might ask why the county, town, state, would allow it to remain there . . . to which I’ll give you my standard response: it’s Hawaiʻi.

Here’s a better view of the side . . . 

I’ll probably take at least another shot at photographing it, but for now, I’m pleased with these results. Not sure if most people will pick up on which photos are from which camera, but I have no complaints from any of them. 

For the record, I’m referring to the Samsung Note 8, the Nikon P900, and the Nikon D7000 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. 

Here are a few details. One might contemplate the history behind the graffiti, but it’s no use . . . there ain’t no way to tell what any of them reference. 

If you are a heavy truck aficionado, you probably already know this truck or, at least, the company that produced them. For everyone else . . . 

Yep; this is a Euclid Heavy Dump Truck. You can read about the company HERE. You can see other photos of similar trucks HERE.

One of the reasons for photographing this particular truck is the opportunity to get decent textures of rust and interesting details of the machine. 

Let me now take a left turn . . . 

Some of my readers might be familiar with LordBeariofBow. He is the British Socialist Royalist living in Australia and occasionally making feeble attempts to annoy me by leaving obtuse and obscure comments he fancies as passing for cleverness.  

I first abbreviated his moniker as LBoB and subsequently settled on ElBob as a better acronym. Well, wouldn’t you know it, I now can also offer him a logo . . . 

I admit I have no idea how to interpret the graphic . . . it looks a bit lewd, although if I stare at it long enough, it morphs into an emoji of a smiley face wearing a hat and wielding nunchakus. ElBob’s writing — or what passes for writing on that part of the globe — is mostly composed of smilies and emojis. Just between you and me, I’m betting he’s using them in lieu of his forgotten vocabulary. Whatever the reason, this might appeal to him.

That is unmistakenly spelling out ElBob and quite cleverly integrating the “L” into the “B”. 

That graphic is on the bumper of the truck, and visible in the front view of the disabled derelict. There’s more writing on the bumper, but I made no effort to decipher it.

I plan to send ElBob a copy of the logo in case he wants to use it.

Back to the task at hand . . . getting neat photos of rust and stuff. 

That’s a photo of the same area but taken with different cameras. I applied the same processing, but because they were already pre-processed by the cameras, I got different “looks”.

I think these next photos turned out pretty good.

Most of these photos will show up again when I play with converting them to B&W.

Here’s another texture . . . 

There’s something about rusted metal that’s magnetic . . . get it? Metal, magnetic . . . nevermind. 

Anyway, rusted metal falls high up on the photogenic scale. You know, if there were a photogenic scale and if rusted metal were on it. Regardless, whenever I see any, my first impulse is to photograph it. Here’s the bumper again, this time shot with the D7000.

These having been shot in RAW, I was better able to remove the warm cast of the late afternoon sun. These are closer to the actual color of the bumper. 

Although, not even RAW processing can quite damp the brilliance of the sun on yellow paint.

From the truck, I walked to one of the shoreline access areas and shot a few waves (also in the next post about February 6th — likely in the next seven days).

On the way back, I snapped a few more photos of the rusted relic.

And, that’s it for this post. Here’s the gallery of the above photos (plus a few more) randomly arranged.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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29 Responses to A few hours in Kailua Kona

  1. The rusty truck makes some nice abstracts.


  2. PiedType says:

    That truck certainly got your attention. I particularly love the ElBob thing. It’s right there for all to see. How do you suppose that graffiti “artist” came to know our ElBob?


    • PiedType says:

      Or maybe ElBob himself was there, kind of like Kilroy ….


    • disperser says:

      I briefly considered he might have authored it, then reasoned he’s not all that artistic beyond dropping emojis like he had a leaky bag of them.

      Plus, that combination of the L and B are imaginative and require penmanship so, again, unlikely.

      No, I think it’s a serendipitous find. I sent him the logo after I extracted it from the photo and I’m not even sure he’ll like it, let alone claim authorship.

      Mainly, it provided the opportunity for a bit of fun, and that’s enough for me.


  3. Well I’m glad somebody is having fun :D :twisted: :evil: :P


  4. Now on a less serious note that second picture of the bloke surfing intrigued me, as I was scanning through the pics quickly as is my wont I felt sure I saw it move so I scrolled back and sure enough it keeps moving, my initial thought was “doesn’t this bloke have anything better to do” and second ” how the hell did he do that?”
    Only thing with the LBob bit, the E got disappeared (are you Mexican or is it Brazilian?) now I like the letter E in fact I use it with flair, which is something we skilled penmen are apt to do so perhaps I shall send you a few examples and the next time you go KK you can rub out what you did and do it properly :D :twisted: :P ;) now if you ask the lovely diem3 who, like me, USES BIG HEAPS OF SMILEYS she will tell you what they mean :D

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    • disperser says:

      So, that second photo is a GIF file created by stringing a number of photos (in that case, ten) together and then cycling through them much like you would with a flip book.

      As for the L. Bob, unfortunately, that’s how it is. I too would have preferred ElBob but — and I’ve noticed this often in life — the Universe seldom gives us what we want. Heck, often we don’t even get what we need.

      Still, I thought it was worth saving for posterity. I sent you a cleaned-up version in case you want to use it despite it missing the “E”. Here’s what it looks like cleaned up.

      Here’s the transparent version:

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      • I thought you’d put it on the bumper, are you telling me that theres another Elbob, somewhere in the universe :?: ;?: :?: :?:


      • disperser says:

        There’s an L.Bob (my guess? Lawrence Bob) and the way I arrived at the “El” in ElBob is that “El” is a homophone to “L” in LBoB which comes from LordBeariofBow. If you follow all that, then one could conclude there are other LBob(s) and other ElBob(s) but still only one LordBeariofBow . . . and thank FSM for that.


  5. oneowner says:

    That truck is a treasure!


  6. Wow! All of these photos are unique and cool! :-) Especially love the turtle, the root, and the rusty truck! Rust can add character and cool textures! (But, I guess The Tin Man wouldn’t agree with me!)

    Oh, and love love LOVE the logo for our dear ElBob!!! :-)
    I can see the face you mentioned. But it does look a little like a bomb to me…As in ElBob is da’ bomb! :-)
    “Da’ bomb” definition: the best ~ simply outstanding; no comparison or greater value can be placed to another. :-)
    It, also, looks a bit like a spaceship. As in ElBob is out of this world! :-)
    “Out of this world” definition: amazing! :-)

    HUGS!!! :-)


  7. Oh, I also meant to say…
    Good pep talk! I, for one, needed it!
    And the 10 photo animation is super fun to watch!
    I got so caught up in ElBob, I forgot to say those 2 things ^^ in my earlier comment!


  8. colonialist says:

    Relic and turtles and dazzling blooms grabbed my eye, but I must confess the scenes that really got me were of that idyllic pool.
    When a book is completed, a publisher or agent are not the only options available.


    • disperser says:

      That’s a pool I used to see and envy when we used to stay at the Casa de Emdeko on prior visits to the Big Island. I didn’t know it was in a public area or I’d have gone there before.

      As for the book (actually, books), yes, there are other options, but for the indolent, it’s almost no effort sending it out. Also, since responses are measured in weeks and sometimes months, it delays the time when I might actually have to do something. In other words, my current plan comes from being lazy.

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