n joss
Morning Soppy Sundayers. I’m in charge of the tour today. Walk this way…
n autumn forest
And this is the enchanted forest.
n badger
Please tell the Brits to stop killing my friends and family.
n belles
Blue is a lovely colour for flowers.
n bryce snow
Bryce Canyon, Utah, in the snow.
n buchanan castle
Buchanan Castle, Scotland.
n from space
Scotland from Space.
n getting teeth
Look, everyone, I’m getting my first teeth.
n corvin cstl rom
Corvin Castle, Romania.
n Hanokohau Falls Hawaii
Honokohau Falls, Hawaii.
n jamie
n sad dog
So, a walk is definitely out of the question then?
n rovaniemi isladn finland
Rovaniemi Island, Finland.
n lion
Five mates out for a drink.
n crock
Mum… don’t forget I’m in your mouth, will you?
n moorhen
Come on, the water isn’t cold.
n hippo
I’m one good looking hippo, aren’t I?
n magnol
Magnolia blossom.
n needles iow
The needles, England.
Baby Orangutan at Chester Zoo
Oh, you catch me having my elevenses. Hope you had a good tour. See you next week.


69 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Quality assured on a Sunday, thanks Tris. Isn’t nature a wonderful subject for photography, soon the apple and cherry blossom will be out, something to look forward to.

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    1. Thank you, Gerry. Cherry blossom out on some trees already hear. As you say, it will soon be apple blossom time.

      Late this year.

      And nests everywhere… Bees and birds

      I love it.


  2. I ALWAYS learn something new on MR.

    To wit: They have an awesome high waterfall in Hawaii!

    But there may be some confusion in the hallowed precincts of Google and Wikipedia about where exactly it is, or if there may be more than one waterfall that looks almost the same.

    First I simply Googled the word “Honokohau”….which is said to mean “the bay where waters congregate.” There are a ton of places in Hawaii that have this word in their names, presumably because lots of water is always congregating someplace in Hawaii. However, more importantly, almost all English renderings of words in the Hawaiian language are just random arrangements of the letters H and K and the occasional N or L, with sundry vowels scattered around. As a result, most Hawaiian words in English look the same and can mean pretty much anything you want them to.

    But I DID finally manage to Google up a “Honokohau Falls, Hawaii.” It’s on the Island of Maui, in an inaccessible location visible only by helicopter tour. According to this article, what exactly you see on your tour depends on the tour operator you do business with. Something called a “Wall of Tears,” may or may not be part of the same natural wonder of nature. The tour operators on Maui do not seem to agree on the point.

    BTW……this place is NOT to be confused with “Honokōhau Settlement and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park” which is not on Maui at all, but is on Hawaii (the so-called “Big Island” by that name.) Do NOT be confused by the H’s and K’s….we’re talking about an entirely different island here.

    Finally… the midst of total confusion among Wikipedia disambiguation involving the word Honokohau, I was redirected by Wiki to a place on yet ANOTHER island…..the island of Oahu (where Honolulu is located and the tourists take the sun on Waikiki.) The high waterfall there is located in a gorge called Sacred Falls State Park.

    From Wiki: Sacred Falls State Park (Kaliuwaʻa in Hawaiian), is a closed state park located in Hau’ula on the North Shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The park encompasses Kaluanui gulch and the waterfalls at its end, after which it is named.

    Note that Kaliuwa’a State Park is closed. People have been killed there by falling rocks. The same thing unfortunately happens with some frequency in Yosemite too of course, but even the politicians of the famously leftist nanny state “People’s Republic of California” do not close the place to tourists. For that matter, even the Big Island’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is open to tourists, the danger of falling into a crater of molten lava notwithstanding.

    So approach Hawaii with caution. The language is confusing, the locations mostly have about the same Hawaiian names, and the natural wonders may or may not be open to the public.

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    1. Well, Danny. I had been thinking of popping over this afternoon, but that’s put me right off. LOL. I’ll just wander down to the supermarket instead and get Munguin’s dinner.

      Is the language actually used in Hawaii or is it only alive in the unpronounceable place names?

      I’m reminded of Finnish where they seem to have such an abundance of Ks that they just throw a handful into every word, making it unnecessarily long and K-looking.

      Or Greenlandic where it is Qs they seem to have been blessed with too many of.

      It’s the only language in which I’ve ever seen a double Q!… as in ujaqqatut!

      But they have a propensity for double letters… Ittoqqortoormiit is a corker.

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      1. Tris…..I can see that Greenlandic would never be a second language for me. Actually, I read a little bit about the Hawaiian language in Wiki a while back. There are two short articles.

        The native Hawaiian language had no written form. A written form of the language was devised by early missionaries for the purpose of printing Bibles and communicating scripture. Mostly, the written Hawaiian language uses a Latin alphabet rendering of what the early Americans and Europeans in the islands heard phonetically. The first form of the name of the Islands was written by Captain Cook as “Owhyhee” or “Owhyee.” After the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy by a coup of American business interests, and throughout territorial days, conventional English was what the kids were taught in school. The language was not exactly outlawed, but the law required that only English be taught in schools. School children heard using the Hawaiian language they heard spoken at home would often be punished. The Hawaiian language almost died out in territorial days. But beginning about 1950, Hawaiian language immersion schools were established, and the language has made a comeback. National Parks in Hawaii are now named in the Hawaiian language by federal law. Today, the constitution of the state of Hawaii recognizes two languages for official purposes…..Hawaiian and conventional English.

        The Hawaiian alphabet has only eight consonants, consisting of H , K , L , M , N , P , W , and the glottal stop ‘okina. There are the five standard vowels A, E, I, O, and U………with diacritical marks differentiating vowel sounds, and a number of commonly recognized diphthongs. Wiki says that “the five vowels with macrons – Ā ā, Ē ē, Ī ī, Ō ō, Ū ū – are not treated as separate letters, but are alphabetized immediately after unaccented vowels.”

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  3. Nice view of Scotland from space.

    Interesting that although Buchanan Castle was built as a private home by the 4th Duke of Montrose in the 1850’s, it has already fallen into such disrepair. A Wiki picture from the 1890’s:

    The steel walkway at Corvin Castle is interesting. Resting on the remnants of a grander entrance-way from an earlier time.

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    1. Hi, Danny, Scotland, this wee country, has an abundance of castles, from the ancient to the (relatively) recent, from the huge to the tiny, from the well-preserved to the extremely ruinous. I love them. The Scots have always been a combative people and if we weren’t fighting the English, we were often fighting amongst ourselves. Battles between clans, between noble families, between religious adherents, between rivals for monarchy. And, of course, you had reivers – cattle raiders – to contend with as well. Having your own castle was no bad thing and even landowners who only had small estates (bunnet lairds) usually had a castle, often of modest size, called a tower house, basically a fortified house with a few gun loops. Some tower houses had a murder hole just inside the entrance passage, a hole in the ceiling through which an unwelcome person could be shot from directly above. We Scots are a lot more hospitable now, I hasten to add.
      Buchanan Castle wasn’t a real castle but a large house with mock turrets, battlements and the like, purely for decorative use. The style is usually referred to as Scots Baronial and many houses built in the style were called Castle. Of course, many of them were/are on the sites of earlier real castles which the owners pulled down once they could afford something more sophisticated, i.e. warm, less draughty, damp-free, spacious. After the First World War, many of the castle owning classes could no longer afford to live in such huge piles which needed a small army of servants to run. The dastardly working classes were demanding unreasonable things like wages you wouldn’t starve on. Many of the big Baronial houses were sold off as hotels, hospitals, nursing homes or even just left to decay, sometimes with the roof removed so that taxes didn’t have to be paid.
      Many of Scotland’s castles and Baronial houses are still well-preserved, however, and many open to visitors and they’re well worth visiting. I also enjoy finding and exploring the ruins of old castles. Most of these are shown on our Ordnance Survey (O.S.) maps and Scotland’s “right to roam” legislation most are accessible to those who care to look for them.

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      1. Tris……I’ll certainly be on the lookout for that murder hole in the entrance of any unfamiliar Scottish residences I’m invited into. 😉
        I see that Andrew Carnegie would occasionally leave his ugly smoky steel mills in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania,) where slave wages paid to steel workers helped make him one of the wealthiest men in the world, and return to his native land to holiday at Skibo Castle north of Inverness, which he bought and fixed up starting in 1898. (Now a posh members only resort.) By all accounts he played at being a Scottish Laird with considerable aplomb.

        I thought is was odd to read that the roof was removed from Buchanan Castle in 1954. Seemed like a strange thing to do to a perfectly good structure. Now I see why that was done.


      2. Hi Andi….a thousand pardons for my incorrectly addressing Tris instead of yourself in reply to your informative discussion about Scottish castles. In particular, thanks for clearing up what had confused me about the removal of the roof from Buchanan Castle. I was quite confused about why Wiki made such a point about the roof being removed at a time (in 1954) that the walls were said to be intact and serviceable.

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    2. Corvin castle is certainly more impressive and clearly built to last.

      Buchanan castle should have lasted longer. It’s not clear why it was allowed to deteriorate in the 1950s, and why the roof was removed then. Nor why planning permission was refused to make it into flats (apartments).

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      1. The roof removal would at least suggest some financial distress I guess. Buchanan castle still the seat of the clan Graham according to Wiki.

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  4. Lovely stuff. The Himalayan poppies were stunning. I’m not a dog peraon but grudgingly those two were quite cute! Very unusal to see so many boy lions together – must have been the only waterhole for miles or they are forming a boy band!

    My life is affirmed too – 3 orang pictures! I probably looked a bit like that last picture yesterday. I hadn’t realised quite how big the bananas were when I bought then.

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    1. I love poppies, and blue ones are particularly nice. I’ve got loads of Icelandic (yellow) ones in the garden.

      The boy band could be called Mane Men…

      LOL… I’m now picturing you trying to cram a whole banana into your mouth. 🙂


      1. I don’t think these are poppies in the picture. Mecanopsis Betonicifolia (Himalayan poppy) looks like this:

        I have to admit that I can’t identify the blue flowers in the picture. I thought they might be Anagallis at first then I thought naw, then I thought Tecophilaea cyanocrocus but the stamens are wrong.

        I bet it’s something really simple and I’ll kick myself when I find out so can anyone identify them and put me out of my misery?

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  5. Tris, lovely pics – as always – Ta. I think the pic of Scotland (or at least a big Highland chunk of it) is amazing. It’s great fun to be able to identify islands, lochs, even individual mountains. If the astronaut had had an even longer lens we might even have been able to pick out some Hielan Coos here and there 🙂


    1. I’m told Munguin Towers can be seen from space…


      Glad you enjoyed. I always worry a bit that the pics aren’t up to last week’s standard, but you’re all very kind.

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    2. Andi……..I was surprised to see such a relatively cloud free picture from space. I was similarly impressed with this view of the entire British Isles. Make you think that the cartographers actually know what they’re doing.

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      1. Not only do they know what they’re doing, Danny, they always seem to know where they’re going. 🙂 Seriously, though, I love maps. I can spend ages poring over them. I find place-names fascinating, particularly when you can trace them back on older maps. I live on a 20thC housing estate, but back in 1865, on the O.S. map the place was a farm of the same name. I’m pretty sure that the name is of medieval origin. Many of the places around where I live feature in Blaeau’s Atlas of Scotland published in 1654. The spellings are different but the place-names are easily recognisable.

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        1. Andi…….amazing that names from the seventeenth century survive like that. Maps are surely important source materials for historians, and are certainly valued collectibles. The permanence of place names is quite amazing. My family lived for generations in the rural farm country of Missouri, and would use place names handed down through the generations to refer to particular locations. Often a place to make a turn in a road would be identified by the name of an old country school that stood there and was in use a century ago. Or there would be a name associated with a little town that was never officially incorporated as a municipal entity in the state and has only a few crumbling structures remaining. It’s amazing how many of these old names have survived and are now searchable in Google Earth.

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        2. PS Andi…….I see that I made a reference to a view of the British isles from space, but failed to actually post the image. 😦 So here it is:

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          1. Danny, it is pretty obviously either a BBC weather map or something taken from an equatorial orbit. England is a lot smaller than that! See here:

            Not quite the same thing?

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                    1. Been in Crieff all day visiting my brother with my sisters so I didn’t respond to the cherry blossom posts earlier.
                      My cherry trees have a quite sparse blossom this year thanks to a combination of the beast from the east and a gale last Saturday, but I’ll see if they get better and maybe send a pic.

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                    2. Yeah, we have them in the street here. They are late, but just blooming now, but I’ve been picking the blossoms of the car becasue the wind has blown them off.

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                    3. I’ve just seen Eddjasfreeman’s post on Wings Tris. Brilliant and should be repeated much and often. Perhaps on here?

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              1. dc…….For some reason, I was at first unable to get an image in your posting, and then got all sorts of images from a Wikipedia article. Actually, the one I posted was one that I picked at random from Google image search that didn’t seem to have been photoshopped. It turns out that I chose a NASA image published by the Daily Mail. So I knew that it must be the genuine article. 😉


                I think the one that you may have intended to post was a .PNG file. Seems that WordPress wants .JPG files to form images. At least that’s my working hypothesis. 😉


                1. Danny,


                  You are too kind.

                  I wll try to improve my skills elsewhere. Frankly, the lack of an edit facility on here has shown me up.

                  I am right and embarrassed at the same time!

                  Best wishes.

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                  1. dc…..I just wish I could figure out how it is that my previously hidden errors suddenly appear as soon as I hit “Post Comment.” 😉

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    1. Tatu3……..As long as the pasted URL address shows a .JPG file format, my experience is that it becomes an image in the text as soon as you click on “Post Comment.” I have occasionally posted an image address that has some other file format that only shows up as a posted link. But it’s clickable, so the image is still accessible.

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      1. Yes. Lake Manyara is famous for its flamingos. They come for the salt I think, which is what the lion is walking on.
        Glad the link worked. I have a Chromebook and it doesn’t seem to like jpeg! I’m still working on it.

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        1. Tatu3……..The lion showed up very well when I clicked on the link. Very nice picture! It seems that WordPress only creates an image if it is a .JPG format. But it does post links to other image addresses, and all you have to do is click on it to see the picture. I’ve also encountered those LOOOOONG computer generated addresses. I assume they are some sort of security device, but I’ve usually been able to copy and paste them with success as a clickable link as you did.


  6. There is always something to be gained from reading this amazing space , be it politics or old pics of forgotten times and places , the Sunday orangutan and the banter below . So with that a little pointless morsel , the 1980’s programme Tour Of Duty dealing with the Vietnam war , the first series was filmed in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks , later the series was filmed in LA and California to save money . The shows theme song was ‘ Paint it Black ‘ by the Stones . The vertigo inducing pic of Honokohau Falls triggered that memory for some strange reason .

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    1. Thanks Ricky.

      It’s mainly the banter that does it.

      We’re blessed with some right wits… and some half wits… here.

      All good for a laugh and some amazing details… including your own contribution there…


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