The Alphabet Challenge “N” Stories are sitting there, looking pretty and waiting for readers (and voters). You could be a reader (if you’ve not already read the stories) and you could be a voter (if you’ve not already voted). And, guess what? Unlike the US elections, you don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils . . . you have three evils to choose from!

You have no obligation to do anything . . . but it sure would be swell — if you’ve not already done so — if you would read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge N-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Oh, here are a few photos before you go reading the stories . . .

That’s another photo from The Big Island. Specifically, an ocean-side memorial to a surfer.

The Alphabet Challenge “N” Stories are active and the stories are fiercely battling for supremacy . . . sort-of.

You have no obligation to do anything . . . but it sure would be swell — if you’ve not already done so — if you would read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge N-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Oh, here are a few photos before you go reading the stories . . .

That’s an offering to Pele<<link in front of a steam vent on the rim of the caldera at the Hawaiʻian Volcano National Park. The photo was taken after most of the activity had subsided . . . so, obviously, the offering worked.

In early May, we visited the Volcano House at the Volcano National Park (both now closed because of the ongoing oozing of toxic gasses and lava). Whenever I’m there, I stop right outside the entrance and snap a few photos. This time, it was of ferns. Macros, mostly.

Again, I’m impressed with the Note 8 camera. It was cloudy and misty and the light was less than optimal. Given all that, these are pretty good (if I say so myself because others might not). 

Some of the photos were taken with the on-phone flash, but I’m not sure it helped.

Many times have we journeyed to Hilo  . . . depending on the route we take, we stop in at the Volcano National Park. As a senior, I have my Lifetime Pass, so it costs me nothing to go in there for a quick look and perhaps to use the . . . ahem . . . facilities after nearly a two-hour drive festooned with snacks and coffee. 

These days there is an additional incentive to stopping there . . . 

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This particular day was October 8th, and the above is the Halema‘uma‘u Crater and the photos were all taken from about a mile away. 

The full-size versions of these photos are in THIS SmugMug gallery. You can click on the photos for a larger version. 

The first time I saw that particular spot, I was a lot closer . . .