Chair at Hilo Bay

Surprise! No, your eyes do not deceive you, and yes, I am publishing a post a few weeks early!

It is spring break for me and while I am still busy creating lectures and grading papers for this new class, I actually have some down time.

Plus, I couldn’t resist posting for this week’s photo challenge Favorite Place.

For those who know me, I have filled my blog pages with images of Yosemite (my all time favorite place)…

Green helmeted cyclist (my hubby) admires stunning view of Yosemite Falls Spring 2016
Green helmeted cyclist (my hubby) admires stunning view of Yosemite Falls Spring 2016

…or the Sacramento Delta.

Sunset Sailing Session

Although I have several favorite places, my heart now lies in Hilo, Hawaii.

Since that magical trip in January, the warm, tropical climate, laid back atmosphere, and shockingly green vistas have been calling me back. The above featured image shows the serene park setting overlooking Hilo Bay, while the image below captures the lush green plant life near the black sands.

Black sand and lush palms


For more Big Island photography, visit Graham’s Island. Graham posts beautiful photos of life on the Big Island!

Sunday Stills Revisited…Preliminary Plans for My New Feature

Apparently, I must miss blogging because I tend to dream about it. Last night I suddenly got inspired by the now defunct feature, Sunday Stills, a photo challenge hosted by Ed for several years. Notice there are no links because he hung up his blog and deleted his site.

My addled and sleepy brain managed to churn out an idea that I am playing around with, to bring back the Sunday Stills photo challenge with the help of a couple of photobloggers! If you are intrigued by this notion, shoot me an e-mail through my contact page. More about this in early April, with the plan to launch the feature in May.

For now, think about your favorite place and I look forward to reconnecting with all of you soon! I miss you all and I appreciate you stopping in to say hello!

Mahalo!Tiki signature

46 thoughts on “My New Favorite Place

  1. Yay! it is good to see you back. Your favorite place looks very much like mine- instead of a bench I have an Adirondack chair and instead of Hawaii I have Lake Mendota in Madison with a willow tree. Water soothes the soul! There is no place where i find myself calmer and more content.

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  2. I am very happy you’re back! Yosemite and Hawaii are both on my list of places to visit. So many people talk about Yosemite, I’m so excited to go. It’s really very interesting to see everyone’s ‘favorite place’ today.

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  3. Your blog is a sight for sore eyes, Terri! What a wonderful surprise today! I’ve missed you so, and seeing your photos was just what I needed. It was finally in the low 40’s today in Maine but we still have so much snow! It is discouraging but I know we will be out of the snowdrifts soon. Hugs!

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    1. Aww, you are the sweetest thing! It made me ridiculously happy today to post something and be creative. But I did get all my papers graded, woohoo! Keeping my fingers crossed for some sunshine for you–we got a major winter storm right now (such as it is) which means it may head your way 😦

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      1. We are going to miss this next Nor’easter. Should not get enough snow to shovel. Our neighboring states to the south of us are not so lucky. Whew! We are so snow weary. So yes, send us some sunshine! And so happy to ‘see’ you in my wordpress feed today.

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  4. Yay! You couldn’t stay away for long, eh girlfriend? 🙂 Gorgeous photos, and if I were a photographer (or even had a camera), I’d be jumping for joy at your new blogging idea. Looking forward to all the photos ❤

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  5. Hi Terri
    It was good to see your blog pop up in my email. I love Hawaii too, Maui is my favorite. Your photos are always beautiful. Sunday Stills Revisited sounds like a wonderful idea.
    Looking forward to seeing your blog return

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  6. I remember ‘Sunday Stills’ very well, Terri. In fact, it was one of the very first photography challenges I entered. Good to see you back, although I know it may be a fleeting visit until you are back properly. As for those favourite places, they all look superb to me. Luckily, I have visited Yosemite.

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  7. Haha, Terri, I can see why you made an exception for a blog for this challenge. Yosemite is an amazing place; inspiring and diverse. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I can see why you like it there. It looks peaceful and tropical, and reminds me of our sailboat adventures. Maybe you and Hans could retire there in a few years. Wouldn’t’ that be nice? I’m sure you have given that some thought as well. Maybe, one of those nights in bed, when your mind goes crazy? 🙂

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    1. You know me well! Not sure if I told you, we have a house in Hilo (still only framed-in)…long story, but we are definitely toying with the idea of retiring there. We just bought a new trailer so we need to get some use out of it (and our room addition) before we make the leap to Hawaii!


  8. Love the favorite place pic–although too bad it’s not as accessible as say, Yosemite. Still, it’s lovely there, and I can see why you’d think of it fondly. Maybe it’s that living inland, we get all excited about a real beach. 🙂

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  9. Hi Terri, I’m glad you enjoyed Hilo enough to make it your new favorite place. I hope to get over there in the next couple of week to visit the gardens and just enjoy the town. And many thanks for the nice mention. That’s much appreciated.

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    1. Hi Lisa, nice to see you in the online world as well! I see you have commented on my last few posts (thank you)! Everything is going well, school is winding down, this semester is on the downward swing (other than grading papers), so my time is freeing up! We bought a new travel trailer and once hubby gets a truck to pull it, we have some traveling to do when not windsurfing. As much as I want to see the world, there is so much of the US I have not seen.
      I’m excited about reviving Sunday Stills and hope you will find time to participate, Lisa! I’ve also been having a blast on Instagram!

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      1. Great to hear that school is winding down and that you’ve got yourself an Travel Trailer 😍. Can’t wait to see where it takes you. So much awesome to visit across North America! You are killing it on IG ❤️

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