H A L E A K A L A – see ‘Photography’ for slideshow of this trip up
Maui’s dormant volcano!

Cinder cones in the crater

Cinder cones in the crater



The last time we were on Maui was when we were moving to Canada
from New Zealand.  We stopped here in transit, to lessen the blow
from summer to winter.  We stayed in Kihei, the beach beautiful,
the hotel reasonable for a young family uprooting.  23 years later,
we are back in Kihei, on the same beach, in a condo, in the same
resort and not much has changed.  Palm trees, golden sand, crashing
waves, trade winds, and tourists from all over.  The mornings are
beautiful, with the ocean calmer and the skies clearing from the heavy
mists – the palm trees silhouetted against the blue sky and the bluer
water…it’s hot hot hot, the water is cool and refreshing, the sand fine
and powdery and the people are happy…kids away from technology,
in their bathing suits, with boogie boards and snorkels, everyone laughing
and screaming as the waves pound the shore…oh Hawaii, the wonderful!

The beach at Mana Kai, Kihei/Wailea, Maui

More pix can be found in “PHOTOGRAPHY”.


Denmark to Latvia

…From Denmark to LATVIA…and lovely Jurmala by the Baltic Sea
Photos coming up!
Feels like a long time since I was strolling alongside the Sea…
back to the Pacific Ocean and off to Smitty’s on a Labor Day weekend to sample some of our own fresh fare from the deep.
Check PHOTOGRAPHY for more photographs (under construction : )
Here’s one to keep us happy!

Old Town, Riga, Latvia



NYHAVN – Breakfast with boats

This is definitely a city of boats. Summer brings out the boat
owners who could be found eating brunch aboard, under the envious eyes of most tourists strolling by.

The morning was sunny and warm, then the wind picked up, the clouds gathered and the rain fell, briefly but with force. The weather was like this off and on all day, and now after 9:00 pm, the air is still full of moisture and the odd lightning flash. Kind of refreshing as everything is parched after what I hear has been 2 months of great summer temps.
More to come…



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…of course these photos can’t really do the fireworks justice, but they
were pretty spectacular from our vantage point on the beach in Kitsilano.
The night was warm and the crowds were in a peaceful mood.  The
fireworks were beautifully choreographed over the Bay – every height and angle was measured perfectly and the clusters were delicate and timed to perfection.
Every possible effect in the sky and on the water was taken into consideration.
We sat spellbound watching the perfect melding of science, art and music and wondered at the sheer ingenuity it takes to set up a light show of this caliber.
No one left disappointed!  The natural backdrop of water and mountains is the perfect showcase for this annual event.  Imagine trying to pick a winner!

How to Raise a Hummingbird ~


This Wimp video was sent to me by a lovely friend from my SFU days – she has seen my hummingbird photos and thought I would love this…and I do – and I’m thinking you will too…I am enchanted by these creatures and of course when I think back on it, it is no surprise that I wanted to be Tinker Bell, flying around my bedroom dusting off cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling. A little Jack Johnson in the background makes this even more mellow!
Photo: ALTB

What did I learn today?

TODAY, I learned to prepare a painting board as opposed to canvas.

The board, in this case is some beautiful mulberry wood that a Japanese Woodblock printer sold me, especially for woodblock printing. If I remember his name was Noboru. I digress! The teacher for the Woodblock Printing Course at UBC was generous in sharing the names of her suppliers.  One of the most wonderful things about woodblock printing is that it requires a series of skills that I enjoy – drawing, carving and printing…and as a new ‘printer’ I fretted over the first steps, laying out and carving the registration marks for laying paper on wood.  The registration marks allow the artist to contain the paper in the exact same spot so that the layers of detail and color can be added accurately to the print (though some incorrect registration occasionally yields interesting overlapping results). Actively carving the ‘edges’ of your work forces you to understand the space you will be working within…beginning the intimate journey it takes to plan and execute a piece of artwork.
Woodblock painting can be SO simple or SO complex…how much goes into a piece depends on the skill and patience of the printer and what kind of mood is to be created.

The Japanese are masters of woodblock printing and understand when to render the subject matter in either meticulous detail or iconic simplicity.  Like Haiku, woodblock printing helps the artist capture the essence of the image while at the same time working with the grain of the wood and the limitations inherent in the medium.

My first woodblock print was a maple leaf…having been to Japan while living down under, I returned to Canada keen to learn the art form.


I have really only used three colors in this print, (not including the background) each color laid down separately. “Return” is a very basic print…nevertheless it was my opportunity to re-learn using carving knives, think about the printing process from a design standpoint, and master the use of the printing tools – wood, brushes, color, and Baren, the hand press!

How to paint on board as opposed to canvas and how to prepare the surface is in my Painting and Art projects section!