Monday, June 10, 2019

2019.06 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

27 new photos by A.E. Graves
I took a day off!! I DID!! Instead of having dental work/surgery, as has been my habit lately, I flew to the Big Island of Hawaii, and RELAXED in the peaceful town of Kailua-Kona.

It was so... PLEASANT.

I have been juggling so many things, that taking some time to just sit in the shade and listen to the waves breaking on the rocks, or enjoy a macadamia nut milk latte, or swim with parrotfish was just AMAZING.

I could get used to taking time to rest.  Who knew?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Four-ish (ocean geometric abstract)

I've had the Fragment app ( from Pixite ( on my phone for a long time, and still enjoy playing around with my phone images of skies, water, and similar "backgrounds" to overlay their shapes and adjust it with filters... I have a few favorite templates/adjustments that I make over and over, and always seem to turn up something that would like nice as a sticker...

Of course I have a tiny sticker printer... Sheesh.  You suspected, didn't you?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Araucariaceae in my neighborhood

This one was topped, perhaps more than once, and has decided to fill all the space it is allowed to...  It is so TOUCHABLE.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

SF Korean War Memorial, Presidio

Construction on the replacement approach to the Golden Gate Bridge kept me out of a large swath of the Presidio for the past few years.  (Who likes construction fences and wind-blown soil?  Not me!)  As I slowly reclaim old routes, I finally returned to this area to the west of the Main Post, to see the immaculately new looking Korean War Memorial. 

This is my first visit - appropriately timed for Memorial Day Weekend.

Bluer Than Usual Lagoon

When I was growing up, this lagoon was covered with a gravel airfield.  We'd sit in what was basically an abandoned parking lot to watch fireworks on Independence Day. 

Luckily, forward thinking people intervened, and restored the area to a much better condition, and a haven for birds.  (Amusingly, the lagoon has taken matters into its own hands, and has reshaped itself a few times, beyond where humans wished it to go...  but it's all working out!)

Crissy Field

Parade Ground Bay View, Main Post, Presidio

I feel so lucky to have such an amazing NATIONAL PARK in my hometown!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Reflected palms

Many of us San Franciscans have mixed feelings about palm trees.  They aren't a local tree, and they are associated with places much warmer than our foggy summers suggest - such as sunny Southern California, which is why clever merchants make so much money selling coats and thick hoodies to tourists here.  We aren't so warm, but our trees might trick you!

There are some heavy, wide palms that were planted in the 1970s down Dolores (near the Mission of the same name), and those have been there long enough that we pretend they chose to be there naturally.  They are stocky and slow-growing, and feel nearly Victorian in their stodginess.  :)

City corners and surfaces

Heavily articulated windows