I spent Christmas Eve watching a beautiful sunset with a very good friend and I can't think of a better way to have spent the evening. Neither one of us had our cameras with us so I had to resort to a cell phone photo. It's a terrible thing when that happens but we had worked three art shows in a row and we decided Christmas Eve and Christmas day would be a no work zone.
Today will be an all day at the beach. They call it the three B's here. Beach, beer and a babe. Yes, it's probably a politically incorrect statement but it does seem to fit and the babe part of the saying doesn't mind in my case. There will be photographs today since she will be trying out a new GoPro 7 so hopefully I can post a few in a couple of days, providing she let's me play with the new camera!
I took this photo from my lanai last night as the weather man on the TV said we were getting torrential downpours. Don't these guys ever look out a window??
I was lazy last night and took this with my cell phone. Had I been more enthusiastic I would have been on a beach in Kihei taking photos with a real camera. In my defense I blame the weather man who said it was going to rain constantly so I didn't expect to see a sunset.
Maui has been lucky with this storm as it appears to be sheering apart and might not get to us at all. The poor folks on the Big Island have been suffering though. Some spots there have received over 30 inches of rain in the last two days and they are having massive flooding.
If you've been following the news at all you'll have seen coverage about the incredible number of forest fires in Northern California and also in British Columbia. Smoke from several fires nearby on Northern Vancouver Island made for a rather spectacular / apocalyptic sunset this evening!
I went to the top of the volcano a couple of weeks ago to get a few shots of the full moon. It was an interesting learning experience trying to get the moon and the ground with just the right amount of light.
This was shot with a 20mm f1.8 lens and that is why I ended up with the star burst around the moon.
A couple of friends of mine wanted to go see the milky way at Makena Beach Sunday night. Makena Beach is also known as Big Beach because, well, it's big!
There is a smaller beach over a lava hill to the north that is known as little beach for the same obvious reasons.
We got there just before the sunset and relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the sunset and then it was off to work, photographing the milky way.
There are usually fire dancers at Little Beach on Sunday night and we had planned on taking photos of the fire dancers from the hill with the milky way in the background but we discovered the police had shut down the fire dancing so we didn't get to take that shot.
This shot was taken at the top of the hill that separates the two beaches and I painted the beach with a flashlight for a couple of seconds when the wave came in.
I decided to go snorkeling on Thursday at Po'olenalena beach near Kihei not thinking about what the hurricane would do to the waters. Even though it was more than two hundred miles away the weather created a south swell which churned the waters up pretty good close to shore.
I had to swim out about 100 yards off shore before it cleared up enough that I could actually see more than 10 feet in any direction. I ended up with two decent turtle shots and that was it.
In hindsight I probably should have just stayed on shore and worked on my tan. The number one rule here is don't swim into the sandy/murky waters because the sharks can't tell you're not dinner and you could get eaten.