Quick update with a few photos . . . again

Still kind of busy. Also, my computer is not connected, so I’m using the wonderful WordPress app. That, for them who know me not, is sarcasm.

First of all, here’s a photo . . .

Not sure if this will work, but all these photos are also in THIS SmugMug Gallery. Also, if the app works the way I think it does, each photo is linked to the corresponding photo in the SmugMug Gallery. At least, that’s how I hope it works.

Of course, I won’t be able to check until I have my PC up and running.

So, anyway, the above was the view from the condo we had been renting since the end of June 2016. Because the owners decided to sell the place (the Kona market is pretty good right now) we looked for and found another place. The view from the new place is not as amazing . . .

On the other hand, we are closer to the town proper and within walking distance of the ocean (a couple of hundred yards).

By the way, all of these photos were captured and edited using the phone, so I’m not sure how they will look on the devices readers might use. The photos seem fine to me, but they could be crap when viewed on a proper system with a color-calibrated monitor. Then again, most people likely use their phones, so properly calibrated photos are usually wasted on them.

Before leaving the old place I snapped a couple of interesting photos. These two appear to be the remains of a gecko who died stuck between two pieces of siding. It could also be it died of old age as it’s pretty big as far as geckos go. I suppose it could be a small lizard . . . I’m not, after all, an expert on cold-blooded reptiles.

The other odd photo is something that I’ve never seen before . . . well, given the nature of things, everything we see is something we’ve never seen before, but I’m speaking more to the macro level than subatomic particles.

This is the bottom of the spoon I use to mix my coffee when I add creamer . . .

that pattern of four “v” shapes at 90 degrees to each other must have formed by the remnant of coffee on the spoon draining to where the spoon was resting (the plate had the corresponding pattern). I usually rinse the spoon after using it, but I obviously either forgot or did a really shitty job of it. Regardless, I thought the pattern was both picture-worthy and worthy of a B&W conversion . . .

One other thing I photographed before leaving the old place was the shrub near the mailbox . . . this next photo was previously shared but this has a slightly different processing (a processing I like better).

These are new . . .

Man, I can’t wait to set up the PC so that I can see how these look. It might be a while yet.

Also, it’s been a busy few days. I hit a few of the blogs I subscribed to but skipped a number of posts. Not sure if I’ll have the time to go back and read everything.

Some people might wonder why not read blogs as opposed to composing a post . . . mainly because I’m physically and mentally fried and this — editing photos and composing a post — is what keeps me from turning into an even bigger jerk than normal. In fact, people who know me encourage me to blog 24/7, but that’s a whole other story.

So, we are within walking distance of the Kona pier (two miles each way) and Friday we did just that . . . and I stopped along the way to shoot the tails tree . . .

Here’s a closeup of a few tails . . .

I think that shot merits a B&W treatment . . .

Some might wonder why I’m linking directly to SmugMug as opposed to my usual practice of linking to a larger version directly in WordPress. Well, with Lightroom it’s easy for me to output the file sizes I need as a batch process. On the phone, I have to do it manually and one file at a time. Outputting the original and a version for the blog is already time-consuming without adding one more step to generate an intermediate size. Besides, few people click on the photos anyway, and those who do probably prefer SmugMug anyway.

One thing the old place had was flowers . . . well, there are a lot of flowers along Ali’i Drive (I’m using a regular apostrophe as opposed to the okina because I can’t be bothered to check how I add special characters in Android — the alt-codes don’t seem to work and it’s too much of a bother to go learn something new right now).

I’ve played around with Snapseed to get a decent B&W rendition . . . or, something that looks decent on the phone. I hate to sound like a broken record (not really) but I don’t know how it will look on your devices.

One thing that Snapseed lets you do is stack the same adjustments. This version has three stacks of a particular set of adjustments. I like how it looks here, but even more so in the following flowers.

Except, it doesn’t work very well for “busy” photos.

I mean, it’s not bad, but it lacks the impact of simpler subjects.

That flower is from a shrub at the new complex . . . it does pretty well as B&W . . .

But, even that is not the best rendering in B&W . . . here’s one that does very well both as a color photo and as a B&W rendering.

Understand, I’m looking at these on the screen of a Note 8, roughly 5.5″ diagonally. I don’t know how it will look when viewed on a larger screen. Hopefully, as good as I see it here.

This next shot is rendered using five different processes. I can see the difference on the phone between the shots, but I don’t know if it will show up on the blog once WordPress gets their little grubby hands on the photos and work their crappening magic.

Well, that’s all the photos I’ve processed so far and it’s getting mighty late and I have an early day tomorrow . . . er . . . today.

Here’s the gallery of the above:

I don’t have my usual disclaimer, but just imagine I do . . . or go to an older post to read it.

About disperser

Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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21 Responses to Quick update with a few photos . . . again

  1. Some good pictures, especially the lizard and the tail tree.


  2. Best pix come from odd observations of things and places. That spoon is more than it is.
    Ok with me if you just post pix and not constantly read other blogs – more here for me to look at. (Our lantana is just coming back from frost. Great plants – attract and support so many little creatures)

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . but, if everyone did that, there would be a ton of content that no one would ever read. This is, after all, somewhat of a cooperative endeavor.

      I’ve been told that lantana is a bit of a nuisance (hard to control) but it seems to be popular here for hedges and a bit of accent. Can’t speak about the little creatures as everything here has little creatures crawling all over them.

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      • Balance. in content, too.
        Lantana is quite low maintenance and self sufficient. It sprawls. (Rough Seas hated them – you do have to beat them back once in a while) Freezes back here, but always returns…if you have the basic native kind – there are fancy non-native to this area varieties, but I prefer regional plants. The one we have (in a large pot…not foolish enough to let it get into ground) actually came from an old farm homestead on Galveston Island. Been through multiple hurricanes, but developers were clearing dune area for road and fancy resort condo. Plant rescue.
        All summer it is covered with bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. The berries are a favorite of cardinals and all sorts of birds. The mother birds coax the fledglings across the fence until they can reach the lantana. Easy perching, lots of cover from hawks and plenty of snacks until hard freeze. It’s the local organic grocery store for small things. I know more than you ever wanted to know about lantana.
        Little crawling creatures? Thought there were plenty here…until we moved to NOLA – weirdest and more abundant crawly things ever. (shiver)


        • disperser says:

          I had to look up NOLA but sorry I don’t remember where “here” was. Rough Seas (she is missed) was one of two people (l think) who weren’t particularly fond of the plant.

          I have noticed a few fledglings taking shelter in that plant and one other flowering shrub that is very thick and has thorns.

          There’s a number of feral cats in the island, and cat owners here seen to let their cars out without regard for indigent wildlife so these plants probably work well for at least the smaller birds.

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        • Sorry for the confusion. “Here” is the TX Gulf Coast. Hot, humid, and hurricane prone.
          We lost a stellar mind with Rough Seas.

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        • disperser says:

          OK, so, just to clarify; you moved from Texas to NOLA? Or did you move to NOLA and then moved back?

          The wording of the previous comment would indicate you’re currently in New Orleans but you sometimes write as if you’re in Texas.

          Not trying to be nosey; just trying to lessen confusion on my part.


        • Native Texan, but have lived other places – NOLA was one. The summer after we left, there was a big hurricane (prior to Katrina) and I saw the roof our house sticking out of the water on tv. Whew.
          Currently just south of NASA and Clear Lake – halfway between Houston and Galveston.
          (apology for there confusion – writing too fast and multitasking isn’t a good idea for coherency)

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  3. Aw, the poor little gecko!
    Love the spoon shots!
    You have a great eye(s) for the interesting, unusual, beautiful, etc!
    The little cluster-y flowers are so sweet and pretty!
    The tail tree has some faces in it! some look like bat-faces and some look like monkey-faces. To me, anyways!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, diem3 . . . yes, a bit sad about the gecko, but it’s not like the island is in danger of running out of them. In that respect, they are a bit like humans . . . sort of an infestation.

      And yes, the spoon shot is interesting . . . of course, there will now be whole groups of people who will insist there was no spoon shot and it was all an elaborate hoax staged in some Hollywood studio.

      I hadn’t thought of looking for faces . . . all I can say is that if they are faces, they are all angry about something. Don’t know why they would be angry as they all got some tail . . .

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  4. hinterlanded says:

    Feck I must love morbid because I found the monochrome spoon, tree tails and gecko incredible.


  5. hinterlanded says:

    Sadly there’s plenty of morbid on the dark side of the spoon in my hometown, Think that’s why I found your take so uplifting.


    • disperser says:

      I must be losing my legendary (as in stuff of legends but probably not real) reasoning prowess because I’m not sure what to make of that comment.

      On the one hand, it looks like a play on the Dark Side of the Moon which would be a continuation of my own reference to spoon shot deniers. On the other hand, it could be the town where you live has a prominent spoon and it has a dark side. On the third hand, I wonder about possible morbidity as uplifting.

      Or, it’s none (or all) of those choices.

      . . . I need a cup of coffee . . .


      • hinterlanded says:

        The addicted cook their comfort in a spoon hence the ‘see you on the dark side of the spoon’. Yea I’d go with the coffee. Legendary intact. :)


        • disperser says:

          Try as I might, that’s not something I would have guessed since the expression is completely new to me . . . and a sad one it is.


  6. Well that’s made my day, could even be my week. The skeleton of a lizard eyeball intact staring out at me from a tree.
    The spoon looks better before you doctored it, some pictures are best left alone, thought you’d have learnt that by now, all the practice you’ve had


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