Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hiking Time

We went for the first hike of the season last weekend on the Silver Falls Trail in Mount Rainier National Park. It was one of those overcast and rainy days at my house but we decided to head out anyway. It doesn’t rain when you’re in the forest anyway, right 🙂 Well, when we got to the North-East side of park it was nice and sunny like our own oasis of sun. It was perfect hiking weather and great to be back on the trail.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” – Psalm 37:3-4

Hiking Time

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Chetzemoka

On my way to the Point Wilson Lighthouse I spotted this little boat on the sand quite a ways from the water. I wondered why it was there and not in the water. Upon further inspection I realized why. The bottom of the boat was missing. I’ve heard of glass bottom boats but a no bottom boat. That would make for a real short boat ride.

Chetzmoka

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Hanalei Bay

If you’re ever on Kauai looking for a good place to surf, check out Hanalei Bay. When I was there the waves were a nice learning size and you didn’t have to paddle very far to catch one. The only problem is that it can get crowded but everyone else is a beginner out there so you don’t have to worry about stealing someone’s wave and getting punched in the face like Johnny Utah. Also, I don’t know about you but I get paranoid about sharks. You’re just so helpless in the water and having a bunch of people around helps lessen the probably of becoming a tasty treat. It’s all about the numbers. At least that’s what I tell myself…

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Hanalei Bay

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Should I Stay or Should I Go

When I first got to Shipwrecks Beach for sunrise I almost turned around and went to Poipu Beach where I noticed some high clouds turning a nice pink color. At Shipwrecks Beach there were these very low clouds that looked like they would block the sunrise and not in a cool way. It was quite a should I stay or should I go dilemma. Fortunately I stuck around and the sun did poke out enough to make things interesting. I probably would have missed the nice sunrise colors by the time I made it to Poipu Beach anyway so I’m glad I stayed.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” – James 1:5-7

Point to Point

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Twofer

I set out one Sunday afternoon to photograph one lighthouse. Instead I ended up shooting two. We packed up the kids and headed out to the Point No Point Lighthouse. When I finished shooting the lighthouse it was still early enough in the afternoon and my wife wasn’t quite ready to head home yet. I suggested we head to the Port Wilson Lighthouse and, bam, two lighthouse in one day. A twofer. It was a good day.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

Port Wilson Lighthouse

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Ten Stop Believin’

The nice thing about a ten stop ND filter is that once the sun starts coming out you can still get a nice long exposure. The only drawback is that the filter is nearly opaque and mine is the screw on type. This means that if I accidentally bump my tripod I have to unscrew, recompose, and then screw it back on. It’s kind of annoying especially if people are waiting on you like your wife and kids. The exposure times with the filter can be pretty long so “just one more shot” can draw a couple groans. But hey, “you got to hold on to that feelin'” right?

This is just after sunrise at Shipwrecks Beach on Kauai.

Shipwrecks Beach

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The Phorce

Have you ever driven or walked by something and had the intense desire to photograph it even though you don’t really have time or shouldn’t stop? Well I’m calling that the “phorce” (make sure to pay me a royalty if you want to use that phrase 🙂 ). Here’s an example:

I was driving around Kauai with the family. I have two kids under 3 who are usually pretty good in the car, however, there are times when the dark-side creeps in where they get overtired and can’t fall asleep. Then you know that the nice peaceful drive is about to turn into mass chaos. It becomes and Indy 500 race to get them home before you go insane with all the crying (they should really have a special lane on highways for situations like this). Knowing we were almost to the point of no return I spotted two old wooden wheels along the fenced entrance to a farm. The phorce was strong with this one but the sanity of my wife and me was at stake so I passed it up. As I got further down the road I thought to myself I may never come here again so I hit the brakes and turned around. I just couldn’t pass it up. My wife graciously stayed in the car with the kids so as a thank you a sat in back with them and did my best to fight off the dark-side. I won a couple rounds but in the end I lost the fight. Sometimes there’s only so many silly faces you can do. It was worth it though.

Kaui Farm Fence

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After Sunrise

After shooting the sunrise at Shipwrecks Beach I headed to Poipu Beach. It was still early in the morning and I couldn’t waste the good light so I wandered around looking for some blue skies and palm trees. I don’t know what it was but the sky just seemed so blue and I was really into it. I guess it must have been the overcast weather we were having in Western Washington before we left.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

After Sunrise

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Shipwrecks Beach

Ever see the movie Six Days Seven Nights with Han Solo and Anne Heche? Well that cliff in the distance is the cliff they jump off in the movie which is located at Shipwrecks Beach right in front of the Grand Hyatt in Kauai. I wasn’t able to stay there but if you can afford it you won’t be disappointed. That hotel is amazing although I find it kind of odd that they built such a nice hotel in front of beach like Shipwrecks. It’s a good place for surfing/body boarding but not so great for kids or snorkeling which is what I think most tourist like to do. Nonetheless it is very scenic.

Shipwrecks Beach

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Hanalei Grey

I had seen some really cool shots of Hanalei Bay so while I was on Kauai I decided to head out there for sunrise. I set my alarm for 4:50 AM to give me enough time to get there (I was driving from Poipu) and find a good spot. As I was getting closer to the North side of the island I noticed it getting more and more cloudy. Sure enough when I got there it was overcast and rainy without really any sun breaks. That was okay though because even though it was grey out I thought a black and white shot with the pier would be nice.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” – John 16:33

Hanalei Bay

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