Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

Highly Distractible

November 7th, 2013

Today is my birthday. I’m fifty-three years old. I’m sure that sounds ancient if you’re in your twenties or thirties, and terrifying if you’re in your forties, but honestly, it’s not bad. My advice to anyone of any age is to get in shape and stay in shape. The journey’s a lot more pleasant when you take care of yourself. Go check out this book: Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. Very inspirational.

So what did I get for my birthday? An `ōhi`a tree, because we’re weird like that. 🙂

This is a tree native to Hawaii and very common in the mountains where native forest lingers. The new tree has yellow flowers. It will complement our much older `ōhi`a tree, shown below, which has vermilion flowers:


After I took the photo above, I noticed an odd green color right in the center. This required investigation, so I took another photo with increased telephoto:


Yes, just as suspected, a Jackson chameleon photobombed my `ōhi`a pic!

Here’s a closer shot, taken from underneath the tree:


I’m happy to report that the mature tree was absolutely buzzing with honeybees. We still have a healthy bee population in this neighborhood.

But — as this little photo-excursion demonstrates — I am easily distracted from the real business. I need to finish both an essay and a novel — so back to work!

Posted on: Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Categories: Meanderings.
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4 Responses to “Highly Distractible”

  1. Paul (@princejvstin) Says:

    Happy Birthday Linda!

  2. Linda Says:

    Thanks Paul!

  3. Robert Crookall Says:

    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, Linda, and thanks for the advice! :-).

  4. Linda Says:

    You’re welcome! And thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂