I’m not quite sure what it is about palm trees that fascinate me but, I kept taking photos of these graceful, statuesque, tropical icons. I took this before sunset trying to get the trees in sihlouette, the exposure set for some blue sky, and a bit of sun flare peeking through. I can picture this as a postcard with “Aloha from Hawaii!” in a cursive, sunset orange font…can’t you?
Growing up, my papa was always the photographer and videographer (remember 8mm films?), so there are TONS of photos and movies of my mom and us kids, but, nary a photo of my handsome papa. The other day my hubby was talking to my daughter on the phone and asked “make sure to get some photos of mama too!” So, this is “kind’ve” a self-portrait since I set up the manual camera settings, told my niece how to compose the shot then just let my D5000 do its job. Vwallah! A photo of me with my daughter on Sunset Beach! As WordPress automatically publishes this scheduled post for me, I will be in transit back to our sweet Pacific Northwest home. But, I am not done posting my Hawaii pics. 17 days in paradise and I “only” ended up with ~ 600 pics with maybe enough good ones for my 365 project for a few more weeks? So, I will reminisce about our sweet vacation and post more tropical pics here for awhile. Thanks for joining me on my photog journey in Hawaii! Aloha!! See more of my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens
This roll was soooo good I had to order two! “Spicy tuna, avocado & cucumber roll fried in tempura batter served with a garlic ponzu sauce.” OMG…happiness in my mouth! Two thumbs way up for this one!!! Go to the North Shore Marketplace in Haleiwa, Oahu and check them out. Banzai Sushi!
We have visited the Kahuku Land Farms outdoor market around the corner, daily, making sure we stay stocked up on mangos, papayas, apple bananas, and coconuts. On the weekends we load up on the skewered BBQ chicken and pork and freshly fried plantain bananas from the filipino stand. The eats are sooo good here. Visit these local farm stands and you can affordably eat tasty grub on da island. Sooo ONO!!
Almost everything about Hawaii appeals to my senses…the taste of the local tropical fruit, the humidity on my hair and skin, the buoyancy of an ocean swim, the stirring of my spirit at the sight of magnificent breaching whales and basking green sea turtles, and the feast for our eyes surrounded by swaying palm trees and vibrantly colored flowers. One of my favorite reasons for visiting Hawaii is the relaxing effect the island environment has on me. Now in the North Shore, as opposed to bustling Waikiki, we can sleep with the windows open, feeling the gentle breeze from the tradewinds and listening to the rustling of the palm trees and waves crashing. Nature’s best lullaby ever. Awww….
In anticipation of this Hawaii vacay, our girls were probably most looking forward to seeing turtles. During past visits I had been fortunate to always see turtles at Laniakea Beach, also called Turtle Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, and once again, we lucked out and the girls got to meet Miss Olivia-Dawn, a ~40 year old female green sea turtle. We watched other turtles, big and small, frolicking in the waves, while eating our burritos from Carol’s burrito stand at the tiny, but sweet, Saturday country market at the Sunset Elementary School. The “pipeline” and “sunset” burritos were da bomb; perfect for a substantial meal on the go and cheap “ono grinds.” Gotta’ get into da island groove, eat where the locals “mek plate” and learn a little pidgin, yeah? Oh, yeah…da island life is good!