Sunset Over Kalalau Valley, Kaua’i
I had a great time in Hawaii, and made it back home safely. I very much appreciated the words my friends suggested for this series of articles. I want to talk about one more word… “inspiration”.
Hawaii is a pretty inspiring place, especially for a visual artist. Remote islands with beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. Grab your camera and just head out for the day to see what you’re given.
But as I’ve said before, the most important inspiration comes to me from the people around me in my life. Family and friends. Really amazing family and friends. Amazing. And imperfect. And courageous. And especially, inspiring.
Thank you all for being here, for gathering here, in my life.
A reminder that I asked a few friends to suggest words to inspire topics in this blog.
Today’s word is “strength”.
I found out this afternoon that one my best friend’s dog passed away. Those of you who know me know that I’m a dog person, and I was deeply affected by this news. My heart goes out to Shelley, Cory, Sierra, and Lyla for the loss of their family member.
I also learned today that two people were killed Tuesday in an ultralight plane crash along the Na Pali coast of Kaua’i. I didn’t know them, but I saw the police and ambulance crews rushing to the north side of the island.
We get through times like these with strength—our own inner strength, but more importantly, the strength of our friends and family. People who love us and care for us, and make us feel better when we lose loved ones and we hurt.
Today’s images are from the Na Pali coast. These photos are taken with my Nikon D200, which I had converted to an infrared camera by LifePixel. These daunting cliffs, especially rendered in infrared, say “strength” to me—Nature’s strength, the strength of the Hawaiian people who lived there, and the strength of the people who visit the coast today on foot, on the water, and in the air. This is a challenging place.
I hope tomorrow’s better. See you then.
We had a tough day today. The weather didn’t cooperate; only a bit of rain, but a lot of clouds that socked in some of the canyons all day.
Today’s word is “wonder”, which is what you feel all along a hike we did to the top of Waipo’o Falls, in Waimea Canyon. The canyon is up to 3000 feet deep in places.
This is an HDR (high dynamic range) image, created from three exposures with a one stop difference between each.
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I spent the weekend with my good friends Crystal and Paul. On Saturday, we went to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. The image above is an infrared shot of the Wukoki Pueblo (approximately 800 years old) at the Wupatki National Monument.