Sunday, September 24, 2017
Today we went to a swimming beach that was lovely. Then we went in search of a shrimp truck for lunch. Someone asked the shrimp truck guy if there was anything interesting nearby, and he suggested staying on the road for a few miles, which would take us through the most recent lava flow on Maui, which was in 1790. When we got to the end of the road, as we were turning around, we saw two young men who had been fishing carrying a styrofoam container with fish. Liz asked if she could see the fish. One of the young men immediately reached into the ice filled container and started bringing out their catch, and putting them on the cover of the container. He knew the name of each of the fish as he took them out!
One of the fish has poisonous spines on his dorsal fins and they mentioned that you would not want to come in contact with these, because it would hurt. The fish is called an Ala'ihi.
So this is a portrait of the two fisherman and their companion. I didn't ask their names or their relationships. I did find out that they were catching fish for a going away party for a friend of theirs to be had this evening. They were so generous with their time in explaining about their fishing and their fish. It was such a wonderful Hawaiian thing to do!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 2:13 AM
Saturday, September 23, 2017
We left the big island of Hawaii this morning and arrived in Maui, the third and last island of our visit. In the afternoon we drove north, along a coast road on the west side of the island. Once again, amazing landscapes. We stopped in the town of Lahania and wandered around the shops on the main drag. At sunset we happened to be right by the harbor and I found this scene. Then it was off down Front street again to look for a restaurant. We found a wonderful fish place. While eating dinner, I happened to see this couple, seated about two feet away from me. We were eating in a dining room with open windows facing the bay, and tiki torches burning against the sunset sky, and a crescent moon setting. And this couple were on their phones! Once again, the glow of electronic screens trumps all.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 2:16 AM
Friday, September 22, 2017
We drove from Volcano today, to Hilo, Hawaii, which is on the east coast. It's the only other city of some size on the big island of Hawaii. This was the first thing I saw down on the main street, while looking out to the harbor.
As we drove around town, we started seeing a whole bunch of Banyan trees. They are just amazing in their size and complexity! There is a road that goes by a park, with a divider in it, and Banyan trees are the only thing planted there.
We went to Rainbow Falls, and while wandering around there, saw this beauty of a Banyan. The number of individual trunks just seems impossible to count.
And to top it all off, so to speak, here is perhaps the largest tree we saw, in a park in Hilo. I did this shot while waiting at a red light, and it was only after I took the first photo that I noticed what appeared to be a homeless man sleeping on the grass in the foreground.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 2:46 AM
Thursday, September 21, 2017
We spent today in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, starting out in the morning. The first thing we did was walk through a lava tube. They are formed when molten lava flows along and the bottom and sides of the lava begin to cool, while the center lava remains a liquid. Then the top cools and you have a "pipe." When all the liquid has finished passing through, you have an empty tube. Lava tubes can be small or they can be huge, as this one is. You can see some people way off in the distance to give you a sense of size.
Then we spent a good part of the day driving down Chain of Craters Road, stopping at every pullout to get out of the car and walk around on the lava and photograph. The extensive lava flows that we saw were astounding. Some lava has flowed for miles, from the Mauna Loa volcano, all the way to the sea. Here two trees have been surrounded by molten lava while standing up, and the trees caught fire on the bottom of the trunk, burning it. They then fell over onto the now cooled lava and were bleached by the sun. A spectacular sight to see an occasional white tree on the black landscape of the lava flow.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 12:45 AM
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Today we arrived on the big island of Hawaii. We drove for two and a half hours to where we are staying in the town of, believe it or not, "Volcano." It is only a mile and a half from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They stay open at night so visitors can see the glow of lava from the lake in the caldera, if in fact there is any visible. Well, we hit the jackpot according to the park ranger. There was a large bright pool of molten lave about a mile away from us. This is what it looked like from a distance.
I didn't have a telephoto lens with me, but the ranger had set up a spotting scope, so I put my camera lens up to the eyepiece of the scope and was able to get this view. This is a boiling, leaping mass of lava that shoots globs and streamers of lava into the air! It was absolutely spectacular to see in person through the spotting scope, and I was thrilled I could capture this image with my camera.
Within an hour or so, two more pools of lava became visible, for a total of three! The ranger was astonished. It would be a really big deal to see just one lava pool, and tonight, for about 15 minutes there were three! It was a rare and astounding sight to see!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 1:16 AM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
I am shooting photographs at a furious pace! I had to go out today and buy a small portable hard drive in order to store everything, I have so many photographs so far. So today we went to a magical place that is picture-perfect. This is Hanauma Bay, on everyone's list of the best beach on Oahau. It is made up of about 3/4 of an old volcano cinder cone, open on one side. You can see some of the dark lava in the shallow water. The population of fish swimming in and around the lava underwater is just astounding. We went snorkeling and in the first minute I saw about 7 or 8 fish! It as if I was swimming in a fish tank. We spent most of the day there. Then the women went downtown together, and I went exploring. I had my heart set on hiking up Diamond Head, but the trail was closed for repairs. I was driving back to the hotel when I saw this stone wall, with a lot of people looking over it. There was a beach about 200 feet below the wall, and so I started taking photographs. I did find a trail and walked down to the beach, but it was after I had hiked back up the trail that I saw this scene from above, and while I was shooting this woman walked right through my picture! Wow! Lucky me!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 2:03 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017
We all had to wake up at 5AM this morning in order to get to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in time to get tickets. Liz phoned at 5:30 as we were about to leave and said "You HAVE to come by and see the sight out of our window!" We did and this is what we saw - A thin crescent moon and the planet Venus, against the background of Diamond Head, the remains of a volcano just south of Waikiki Beach where we are staying. It was a spectacular sight! Please click on the image to see it in more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 1:21 AM