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Just Because

I’ve been wanting to put images to some music by Tassos Ionides for some time now and consider this a personal work in progress and put it together because sometimes I hear music when I’m shooting and lately this is what I hear.  Plus, it asked me to.  🙂

No claims are made on the copyrighted music by Tassos or the vocals by the Australian folk group Tiddas that sing The Son Of The Wind.  I only claim copyright on the images I’ve made.  The music is from the film ‘The Silver Brumby’ and I doubt you will be able to find a soundtrack to purchase anywhere.  It took me over a year to find one and that was well over 10 years ago.  I have been offered several hundred dollars for it but it will stay with me.  I’ve also been offered big bucks to make copies and sell to folks but that just won’t fly.  I do respect the ownership of the material and hope that none are offended that I use it in this not for sale piece.

Difficult to find much info on Tassos Ionides, but there is some info online:  http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21633699?selectedversion=NBD11951811

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0409511/

The group Tiddas is a different story and can easily be found:  http://www.loreoftheland.com.au/indigenous/tiddas/

http://www.amazon.com/Sing-About-Life-Tiddas/dp/B000008PUI

The vast majority of the images come from the Red Road.  Hope you enjoy it.

Akaka Falls In The Rain

Heavy rains on the windward side of the Big Island are as normal as clouds in the sky.  It isn’t like rain on the mainland when most people grumble and complain about it, here it’s welcome, wanted and needed.  No ice cold rain to freeze you and to say that it is refreshing is an understatement.

As of February, 2015, we are in a mini-drought with very little rain.  This poses a problem with those of us who rely on the rain water for household use as well as the tropical plants who need the rain everyday to stay healthy.  Like all things, it will pass and soon we will be in a ‘normal’ pattern again.

Last winter I stopped by Akaka Falls during a fairly heavy rain and found myself waiting out the downpour for about half an hour before I finally just gave up and headed back to the car.  The output of the falls was pretty spectacular and I’m sure it would have grown even more as the water rushed down Mauna Kea to feed the falls.

Notice the outbreak of smaller falls on the sides due to the smaller streams overflowing their banks.

Where You Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows?

Just a short video from Volcanoes National Park and some of the family.

When you book a tour with Epic! Tours, you can also add photos and video to your tour!  Cool way to capture your unique tour of the Big Island.

The music used in this sample video is not mine, obviously, and I cannot use copyrighted music for your video.  The owners of the copyright to the song used are, from what I can tell: Coral Reefer Music, Mud Bluff Music and/or Universal Music Publishing Group.  Written by J. Buffet, Harry Daily, Jimmy Buffett, K. Sykes and H. Dailey.  Performed by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.  I make no claims on the copyright.

You can purchase the song here http://www.amazon.com/Volcano-Jimmy-Buffett/dp/B000W178WK

The official site for Jimmy Buffet is here http://www.margaritaville.com/

Another Big Island Wind Storm

Man oh man we have just about seen it all within the past 12 months.  We have had Tropical Storm Iselle (pretty much a hurricane), a few major wind storms, mini-droughts and active lava flows.  Despite all of this I’m not complaining, just observing it all as it unfolds.  I mean, really, what else are you going to do?  Move?  Where?  There is no other place like this island for better or worse.

This last wind storm really did a number on the remaining Albizia trees throughout the windward side of the island, knocking out power to over 5,000 households and businesses.  From the northern tip of the island to Hilo down into the Puna District and South Point.  Bam.  Break out the candles.

Our power was restored this morning, just before 11am, after being snuffed out Saturday morning just after 8am.  The crews working in the field to restore power have worked around the clock and have done a great job.  Much appreciated.  Some of our neighbors down the road are still waiting for power thanks to the extensive damage to the infrastructure by the falling Albizia trees.

I used to miss the big giants along the ‘Cathedral of Trees Road’, but not anymore.  https://wildhawaii.net/tag/albizia/  I have officially jumped on the ‘get those darn trees out of here’ bandwagon.  With both feet.  I’ll even help cut them down.

Yes, to me they can look majestic, impressive and beautiful.  But you can’t eat majesty or beauty and it only goes so far when they continue to topple and destroy the infrastructure, homes and everything else they slam into.  Too bad they have to go but it’s them or us.

I hope this is the last time we are trapped in our subdivision by these pains in the butt.

With the destruction of the trees and the current lava flow, the face on this side of the island is most definitely changing.

Just a couple of images from the other day to show a micro-view of what our roads looked like.

Road Closed

Road Closed 1

What do you do when you can’t even get out of your own road and neighborhood?  Shoot flowers in the yard.