Thursday, July 04, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I am not a photographer. I take pictures... a lot. I look for good lighting, focus, interesting angles and subjects, but I am not at a point where I would wear a press badge, or have business cards printed. Since I blog, I do (honestly) try to limit myself to posting "good" pictures, and not publishing all of my pictures! And if you have a digital camera, then you know... a picturing snapping fan, can take a lot of pictures!
On this trip, I have been burning through a lot of memory... On Big Black Beautiful Camera, and the iPhone, as well as a water camera. Geoff has been helping me manage storage. Max helps me hit delete. But, but, but... sometimes I cannot hit delete, lose forever the precious moment digitally preserved, and recalling a scene to treasure, always.
Okay. Lets face it, not all of our vacation photos are worthy of the cover of National Geographic. But for me, some of the worst offenders are more dear, more meaningful than any Conde Nast spread. There are good postcards at every corner store, and plenty of coffee table books, and Internet sensations have Hawaii and beaches, and fish, and palm trees quite well documented. Nonetheless, some of the pictures downloaded from our camera, lousy as they are, are for me, utterly undeletable.
And so, in honor of all beautiful bad vacation pictures everywhere, I present our too precious to delete, but really not so great beach photos!
In 2000 we came to Hawaii with Grandmother, and I never had so much fun watching someone else enjoy an adventure. She belongs in a place where dresses are floral, and flowing. Where aloha and gentle melodies are generously shared. I certainly am thinking of her today. With every tropical breeze, pretty lei, and sweet aloha moment we enjoy, I am wishing she were here, too.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
In Volcanoes National Park, we enjoyed more generous weather... more blue sky, more comfortable temperatures. And also spectacular volcanic activity. It's a place that makes me appreciate the scale of planet building! It also makes me feel respectfully, mindfully small!
In one epic adventure day we were up before dawn to see the lava glow within the Halema'uma'u Crater, then on a double hike down into Kilauea Iki Crater, up again and around the rim, and then through the Thurston Lava Tube! It was such a treat to share this with the children, who were enthralled and each uniquely engaged in the adventure.
Suddenly we see the crater floor. The depths and heights and distances make it impossible to know the scale.
Banana break. We reached the bottom, and paused to take in the scene. We are sitting inside the caldera of an active volcano!
Taking a moment, to catch my breath, to marvel at the scenery and to be utterly astonished at how much better the cell reception is in a caldera than back in our home!
Anxiously awestruck... the drop is sheer and unforgiving!
Next: Thurston Lava Tube!
We like the free Blogger app enough to add it to the iPad, so soon I can post pictures from my Big Black Beautiful Camera. Although, all this posting might slow down, too... we're in Kona, now, and the ocean is calling!
*thank you, iPhone, for taking remarkably worthwhile images!
What a lovely place and so much easier to appreciate when it's not raining. Maria was enchanted by the waterways and little bridges, the fish, the crabs, and those amazing banyan trees!
Some trees are fun to climb on. And some trees are made for climbing in! Max challenged Geoff with a game of hide and seek, when he went up and into a banyan. He was lost from sight, and when he answered Geoff, it was as though the tree were speaking!
Blue skies over Hilo Bay.