near endless pageload when adding image to product

I am experiencing a nearly endless page load time for adding images to my products.

I am linking to a ‘server’ image, so upload time is no factor at all.

My store is still very responsive in the front end while this page load is going.

I am not linking any thumbnails… I am having the system create the thumbnail, but when I look my server doesn’t seem to be overloading the CPU… so I ask why is the ‘save’ taking so long?? Is there any way to speed this up?

I experience the same EXTREME pageload time even if I am only changing the image ALT text?