Vacation

Hawaii, June/July 2012 Day 8, Part 2

We left the beach and drove north.  The elevation increased dramatically and soon we were amongst the clouds.  (If you know anything about me, I am a SUCKAH for cloud pics.)

Then, we found ourselves chasing a rainbow.

As you can see, these pictures were shot from a moving vehicle, so the quality isn’t outstanding.  But it’s a RAINbow!! We drove THROUGH a RAINBOW!!

AND we even got to see where it ended.  Look closely for the pot of gold… 🙂

This is the view from the other side, after we had driven UNDERNEATH A RAINBOW!!!:

By the time we finished “up there”, it was time to head to the airport.  On the way down, we got treated to a most amazing sunset (although, really? I’m beginning to think that every sunset in Hawaii is spectacular).  This one looked at first like something was literally on fire.  Nope.  It’s just the sun and clouds doing their thang.

Then, we topped the ridge and started heading down toward the ocean.

At this point, I was close to tears, not only from the sheer beauty I was witnessing, but also the fact that I couldn’t be still enough to get a good shot.  Although, I don’t even think the best picture I could have taken would have truly represented the splendor that I saw.

Looking back toward the way we had come, the clouds were still putting on their show:

This is the last shot I took:

Goodbye, My Love.  Until we meet again.

Vacation

Hawaii, June/July 2012, Day 7

We took a lazy day and mainly just hung out at or near the hotel.  We swam, we walked over to the market at Waikoloa Village, and just generally loafed by the pool.  I took the opportunity to explore the hotel grounds.

The hotel’s fish pond
Our hotel as seen from Anaeho’omalu Bay

I had heard that there were sea turtles living on the hotel beach, and I walked the length of the rock pier to see if I could see them swimming.

No dice.

I decided to walk along the beach away from the hotel.  The rocks on the beach were incredibly sharp, and I had to carefully watch each step I took.

As I’m walking with my eyes to the ground (literally), I happened upon this:

I stopped in my tracks, afraid I would scare them.  But they were asleep, and I was able to get very close to them.

The colors in Hawaii are amazing.  I know that the sun has everything to do with how vibrant a color is, especially in nature.  I shoot in Manual, and I do my best to capture the color and the light as my eye sees them.

(I also like to play with tiny focus points)

Then of course, I had to play with sun flare.  It’s one of my favorite things to do because shooting in digital leaves very little room for anything unexpected showing up on your photograph.  But sun flare!  You never know where the little prism of light is going to show up on your picture.

Bonus!

Here’s one of my favorite “candid” shots of the trip.  What is Hawaii, if not for lovers?

The kids finally joined me and I was able to get “The Christmas Card” pic.  I avoid using a flash when there is natural light available, but it was necessary for this pic.  I turned the strength down on it so as not to make them pasty white.

Vacation

Hawaii, June/July 2012, Day 1

* Remember you can click on any picture to enlarge it. Enjoy!

Q: How do you eat an elephant?

A: One bite at a time.

Q: How do you blog an entire trip to the most photogenic place on earth?

A: One day at a time.

So… the first picture from Day one was taken after 8 hours in an airplane, an hour at the airport, an hour in the car, and while we were waiting on our luggage to be brought up to the room. We just sat in awe of the view from our balcony for awhile.

When we finally got our bags, and I got my camera, we went for dinner and a drive into the hills above Honolulu. First stop: to let the kids run off some energy at a city park. This was the only picture I could get them to stand still for, and then just barely.

While we were up there, we saw our first rainbow of the trip.

(Doesn’t it look like it’s actually hitting the palm tree?!)

After the drive up above Diamond Head, we went back to our hotel and hit the beach.

The kids played for a long while…

They were in heaven!

The light cast a delicious golden glow on their skin… Yummy!

And then… there was the sunset to blow away all other sunsets. I thought that Hawaiian sunsets like the ones I’ve seen in pictures happened only rarely, but I learned that every sunset is a spectacular display.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful, the light changed and created something completely new.

Every sky looked as if it were a painting or a watercolor. Magnificent. Speechless.