An Aquatic Life.....

My love for the ocean probably started before I could walk.  My father being a surfer and my mother being the beach bunny waiting for him on the shore, and me their offspring.  Being a water child, I always wished I could live under the sea in it's wonderland of differences from the surface.  I found the closest I could get to this was snorkeling.  In essence, becoming an alien being floating at the top of a foreign world.  Below are some recent images taken from this aquatic world....

Giant Sea Clam
(tridacna gigas)

Bubble Anenome
(entacmaea quadricolor)

"Giant Crossways"
Giant Grouper & Giant Trevally
(epinephelus lanceolatus) (caranx ignobilis)

Hawaiian Red Lionfish
(pterois sphex)

"Coral Forest"
Scroll Coral
(turbinaria peltata)

"Legendary Arow"
Asian Red Arowana
(scleropages legendrei)

"Seal Serenity"
Hawaiian Monk Seal
(monachus schauinslandi)

"Silver Seal"


Inhale A Gardenia.....

I found my "Immortal" flower in this beautiful gardenia treasury. Gardenias are quite special to me. My grandfather has a sizable plant in our yard that is probably older than I am. When they are blooming like wild, he will daily place freshly plucked and washed flowers in strategic vases throughout the house so around every corner you bump into the lovely fragrance of gardenia. The gardenia in "Immortal" is one of his gardenias. I plan to have a gardenia tattoo done in honor of him in the near future.

Curated By suzyq1981


Twirling Carousels.....

Summer magic....that is what a fair can be to children and adults alike.  Especially in the evening, when the colors come alive, the scrumptious smells permeate, and the dull roar of excited thrills fill the air.  I had the pleasure of taking Violet there for the first time, and did her the motherly honor of winning her a stuffed giraffe too :0)

In my meandering......I was able to capture these moments below

Take It Easy

Eye On The Prize

Twirl Me Here

Twirl Me There

Ageless Race

The Candy Color Stampede

Her Chosen Pony

(Violet walking with her aunty)


Taken By Hibiscus.....

Nothing represents the tropics more than the bright sight of an unraveled hibiscus flower (hibiscus rosa-sinensis). Like beacons in a sea of green jungle, it is said their brazen colors can be seen from a mile away.

In the Hawaiian islands, the hibiscus is the state flower. They are traditionally worn behind the ear by the women to signify to others if they are taken or single. Behind the right ear means she is available, behind the left means she is taken.

Quite the joy to photograph....here are some of my visions inside the hibiscus of Hawaii....


Pink Lady

Ruby Rays

Mai Tai

Gold Dust Dawn


After The Rain....

Happy Fine Art Friday! Found my 'Shamrock Dazzle' print in this Fine Art Friday team treasury. A wonderful rainbow of color and artistic talent....

Curated by CaryeVDPMahoney


Wicked Wild Orchid....

My love of orchids and the wild spirit of the female collided in my latest Etsy treasury creation below....

My quote.....

The power and spirit of a woman wild can be compared to that of a wild orchid....they are both beauties of nature, and neither can be overlooked.


Where The Wild Things Grow.,....

Around the corner from my house I found a wild patch of jungle growing along and behind a wire fence.  My eyes had a field day exploring this macro world of vines, flowers, and leaves, and the shots I got that day was well worth the humidity and mosquito bites I endured.

I find when I venture into botanicals I feel compelled to scientifically identify my photo subjects, so I have included their common and scientific names along with their titles......

'The Underside'
Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar
(agrius cingulata)

'Blush Stroke'
 Bay Bean Flower
(canavalia rosea)

'Rain Catchers'
Bay Bean Flower
(canavalia rosea)

'Botanical Bosom'
Bay Bean Flower
(canavalia rosea)

'Wild Apparition'
Ivy Gourd Flower
(coccinea grandis)

Flora's Paintbrush
(emilia sonchifolia)

'Lauri Flora'
Blue Trumpet Vine Flowers
(thunbergia laurifolia)

'Minty Periwinkle'
Blue Trumpet Vine Flower
(thunbergia laurifolia)

'Tiny Glory'
Little Bell Flower
(ipomoea triloba)

'The Jeweled Star'
Obscure Morning Glory Flower
(ipomoea obscura)