SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 025

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Only two small galleries this week, the first with only 12 photos! The post associated with these photos is HERE, and the photo gallery is HERE. The title has nothing to do with the photo since the photos were only included for them who avoid reading what I write.

In fact, the whole post is about success, and expectations of same, in whatever passion drives you. It’s a long read, so maybe it’s best just to look at the photos.

 ʻōhiʻa-lehua plant

“It looks interesting … what is it?”

That is the dominant tree and flower of the Hawaiʻian Tropical rainforest. It’s ʻōhiʻa-lehua, and it’s likely to be the pioneer in new lava flows.

Few readers click on links, so — from Wikipedia — I’ll tell you it’s a “species of flowering evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that is endemic to the six largest islands of Hawaiʻi. It is a highly variable tree, being 20–25 m (66–82 ft) tall in favorable situations, and a much smaller prostrate shrub when growing in boggy soils or directly on basalt. It produces a brilliant display of flowers, made up of a mass of stamens, which can range from fiery red to yellow. Many native Hawaiian traditions refer to the tree and the forests it forms as sacred to Pele, the volcano goddess, and to Laka, the goddess of hula. ʻŌhiʻa trees grow easily on lava, and are usually the first plants to grow on new lava flows.”

Yes, every other shot is an artification of the previous shot.

I’ll only show a few of the photos, but you can visit the gallery to see them all or wait for the slideshow below.

I am relatively sure these were taken at the Volcano National Park.

The next small gallery (HERE) has even fewer photos (one less), and the post for that gallery is HERE.

Pueo or Hawaiian Short-eared Owl

. . . Unfortunately, he has pretty much the same pose for all the shots . . .

There are a couple of videos in the gallery, but due to the distance and them being hand-held (on a windy day), they’re not that good, but, thankfully, they are short.

I did say these were small galleries, and so they are. And here are the slideshows

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of ʻōhiʻa-lehua plant — (12 photos)

Slideshow of the Pueo files — (11 photos)

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


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