The Big Island: A Closer Look

While Tim has been playing the shakuhachi, touring Hilo, and adding new posts, I have been exploring, taking pictures, and thinking about adding new posts. Our next door neighbor at Dolphin Bay Hotel remarked just yesterday when I commented on the beautiful weather, “Another day in paradise.”  I agree. I have alternated days of  looking for potential pictures with days of packing up my gear and actually taking the pictures.

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Hawaii: Final Days

I slowed down a bit for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I worked on the blog, toured sites close to Hilo, and  took walks near the hotel.

Opi, who visits where she is welcome, helped me with the blog.  On one of my walks I found a flower I wanted to photograph but didn’t. An iPhone snap may remind me for another time. Continue reading Hawaii: Final Days

A Visit to Hawaii: No Trike, but We’re Traveling

For the past several years Tim has been working on a computer simulation program for his former Ithaca boss, Ray Carruthers.  Ray and his wife Nada live on Hawaii now and Ray is working on controlling the Coffee Berry Borer.  Tim is a programmer working on a simulation for this project.  You might ask Tim more about his work.  My aim for this post is to tell you what I’ve been doing on my first trip to Hawaii.  We’re staying at the Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo.  Tim has been at work at Ray’s lab for the last week and I’ve been doing what I like best—taking pictures—mostly of plants. Continue reading A Visit to Hawaii: No Trike, but We’re Traveling

Fibonacci Sequence

I was thinking the other day about the Fibonacci Sequence. I don’t remember why.

The Fibonacci Sequence is an infinite list of numbers. The first number, F1, is 1. F2 is 1. Then the nth number, Fn, is Fn-1 + Fn-2. For example, F3 = F2 + F1 = 2. Thus the first seven numbers are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and 13.

There are many articles describing how Nature loves this sequence. You can find Fibonacci numbers in the spirals of sunflower seeds or pine cones. You can also find writers who debunk the idea, accusing its proponents of collecting examples that bolster their case, and ignoring contrary data.

In any event, true or not, it is a poetic idea. I asked Suzy to find some Fibonacci in Nature. I used the sequence to determine the number of syllables in a line. I stopped at 13. It was fun, if you like to play around with words, and ideas, and puzzles. The challenge is to make the phrases fit the line, as much as possible. I invite you to give it a try. There are worse ways to spend a few hours. Post your results in the comments.
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