The two days left “V” stories voting reminder . . . and a dash of red

Around this point of a voting block, we see a bit of a rush in voting, and the V” stories block is no different. The last two days typically see big moves by one or more of the stories, usually those that were lagging.

. . . and we are at the last two days of voting.

Going forward, I plan fewer reminders (reminders take a fair amount of time, and daily reminders don’t seem to make a difference in the voting), and I’ll bunch them up near the end of the voting block. Again, between generating the photos for these posts and spending time putting them together, the effort related to these posts impinges on time I would rather use to work on other posts.  Mind you, it’s not like these take hours but . . . no, actually, in aggregate, they do.

Anyway, if you’ve already voted for a favorite story, the writers thank you. If you haven’t voted, you have less than 48 hours before the voting round ends. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge V-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

So, a dash of red . . . .

This was taken from the lanai of the condo we rented while in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

I mentioned before that I was disappointed in the number of birds that I saw . . . sorry; disappointed with the variety as opposed to numbers. Lots of the same kind of birds, but not anywhere near the variety listed in guides of native birds.

Heck, these are cardinals . . . nice birds, but not exactly exotic.

These next birds were fun to watch because they always traveled in small flocks — seldom less than twenty or so to a flock — and they would choose a particular patch of grass and forage with almost a frenzied ardor.

They ate the grass seeds right off the stalks.

And then, they would fly up to a bush and ponder about the absurdity of life (I often joined them . . . and no, we never resolved anything or gained a useful insight).

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos in recent reminder posts.

Oh . . . I should link a few old posts just to flesh out this offering . . . how about THIS<<link and THIS<<link to posts that showcase monochrome photos a mountain?

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