Back to the Grind

So, what do you do after a week-long trip to Hawaii if you get tired of sitting at your computer processing shots you’ve taken? If you’ve managed to bring the sunshine back with you, like we apparently did, then you head out Sunday to Theler Wetlands to see what has changed since you were last there.

We discovered that a few Barn Swallows

have joined the Tree Swallows

on the boardwalk railing.

There’s at least one Great Blue Heron that hasn’t started nesting yet.

When we checked the Port Orchard marina we discovered a single Horned Grebe in breeding colors

despite my fear they would all be gone before we got back again.


When I think of of Maui I remember ocean, and ocean is about as hard to capture through photographs as Space is. If the island of Maui is Yang, the ocean is its Yin; the two are inseparable.

Nakalele Blowhole is one of the most photogenic points where the two meet.

I’ve spent much of my life trying to capture the beauty where shore, ocean, and light converge. Knowing I can never really do it just makes me keep trying, and Hawaii was certainly a great place to try again

and again.

Consolation Prize

I didn’t manage to capture the most memorable image from our Hawaiian trip, a sea turtle diving into the green depths at the beginning of our snorkeling trip. I didn’t even manage to capture the second-most memorable moment, when we watched several turtles swimming past the dock when we ended the snorkeling trip — and I still didn’t have a camera with me.

Instead, I had to settle for this shot of a turtle sleeping on the beach where the kids were surfing.

Nor did I manage to get a good shot of the porpoises that were jumping into the air while we were at Honolua Bay. Instead, I had to settle for several shots that offered proof that we did, indeed, see porpoises

feeding in the bay.

Perhaps in the not-so-distant future we will be able to record what we see without a camera-per-se. Until then, we will just have to live with the realization that the best pictures are the ones that only live in our memory.

The Walk Down to Honolua Bay

Jungles are mysterious and beautiful. I expected to see a lot of jungles in Hawaii, but we actually spent most of our time in well-manicured resorts. I did enjoy the walk down to Honolua Bay, which I tried to capture in these shots.