The Limahuli Garden and Preserve is a neat little place to stop by should you ever find yourself up on the north end of Kauai (get to Hanalei, then continue west until the road ends). Â Beautiful views, lots of great plants and flowers to see and shoot, and you get a bit of history in the mix as well. Â Nasturtium was introduced to Hawaii in the 1800s, so this was shot in the “Plantation era” part of Â the garden.
A bit of soothing surf to help get you over the mid-work-week “hump” (direct link):
This short video clip is from a beach inÂ Waiâ€˜Änapanapa State Park near Hana, Hawaii. Â It’s a long drive from anywhere else on the island of Maui — but not nearly as difficult a drive as the souvenir T-shirts would have you believe (just twisty and narrow, so take your time). Â The pay-off is a series of black sand beaches and some beautiful views — but wear insect repellent, we got back to our hotel with arms and legs covered by bites!
Anti-solar rays (a.k.a. anti-crepuscular rays) seen from a jet window off the coast of Moloka’i, Hawaii:
Most of the time when I’m flying somewhere, I’m stuck in whatever seat I happened to be assigned. Â But every once in a while, I get lucky.
This was one of the very lucky times.
We took a family trip to Hawaii this past Thanksgiving (for non U.S. folks, it’s a harvest-related holiday in late November). Â One of the inter-island flights we were on happened to be very lightly filled — maybe one seat in 5 held a passenger. Â This meant, of course, that once we reached cruising altitude, I was free to move around and look for a good photo opportunity.
Since we took off just before sunset, and it had been a hazy / rainy afternoon, conditions were perfect for crepuscular rays. Â As it turned out, getting airborne made conditions even better for anti-crepuscular rays — in both cases, parallel rays of sunlight appear to converge thanks to the viewer’s perspective. Â In this case, the anti-solar point is just off the island of Moloka’i.
An interesting couple spotted on the beach in Aa’ena Park, Kauai, Hawaii:
The rock and bit of coral are shown just as I found them, resting on beach sand. So that should give you an idea of the scale of this scene — the coral piece is a bit over 1 cm across. Image taken using Olympus’ stellar 60mm macro lens for micro-4/3.
Seen on the beach at Ha’ena State Park; Kauai, Hawaii:
I’ll freely admit that I posed my model in this shot — we found it laying in the sand a few feet away from where I took this shot. Â I thought it’d make an interesting composition, so moved it over to this one little footprint-free patch of sand and waited for the sun to peek out through the overcast. Â I love the look of a “castaway” coconut, trying to make a life in its new home. Â I’m still debating whether I shouldn’t have brushed the sand off the coconut husk, though…