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…
Wailua Falls on the island of Kauai, Hawaii:
These waterfalls are easily captured from a roadside stop — but that’s both good and bad. Â Good if time’s short, but bad because you’ve got just one perspective you can take on the subject. Â There areâ€¦ informalâ€¦ trails that lead down toward the level of the pool at the bottom of the falls. Â But so many people have died falling from them, that they’ve been closed off for years. Â Officially, at any rate.
Seen at the Ali’i Gardens in Maui, Hawaii:
My apologies for the dearth of posts lately, but my computer’s hard drive has been getting flaky (bad enough to cause issues, but not bad enough to make the source of the problem obvious), and finally died yesterday. Its replacement should be online within a few days.
Not landfall, land — the new, volcanic kind:
Along the south coast of the big island of Hawaii. Another shot from this fun trip…