Another icy morning

We continue to have very frosty, icy mornings here in Portland, Oregon and I’m still not satisfied with the photos I took a couple of days ago of my icy Japanese maple tree. So here’s round two of my tree.

icy frosty Japanese maple tree

Today, I also noticed some great frosty grass leaves so of course I had to get a shot of that. Again, this is just outside my front door.

frosty grass leaves

Icy trees

We’ve been having some really cold weather lately that is causing the formation of ice crystals on the trees in our yard. The mornings are still in the 20’s! Anyways, I once again proved to myself that I don’t need to travel to far away exotic places to capture cool photos. This shot is of a tree in my own front yard.

Ice crystals on Japanese Maple Tree

First time snorkeling

It was an exciting day for my 5-year-old as this was his first time snorkeling. And what better place to try than at Hanauma Bay, Oahu where the water is fairly warm and the underwater viewing rewards are many. He was so excited about seeing lots of colorful tropical fish up close in their environment.

Boy snorkeling Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

My other son (2.5-years-old) being a little too young to snorkel didn’t keep him from enjoying his day at the beach!

Toddler playing on beach at Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Monster waves

Winter on the North Shore of Oahu brings some crazy huge waves!

Oahu North Shore waves

See the person at the end of the point?

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

I wonder if this person survived this wave?

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

People actually swarm here to surf and the crazy part is that there was a guy out there on a boogie board!

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

Odd creatures abound

One of the cool aspects of traveling is the discovery of eating, seeing, hearing, and generally experiencing new things. This has got to be the biggest snail I’ve ever seen.

Don’t worry, this experience didn’t fall into the “eating new things” category. I photographed it to prove that this big one didn’t get away and then let it get away.

Huge snail I photographed in Hawaii near Hawaii Kai

Feeling like a kid again

Being on vacation somehow unleashes the little kid in me. This is great for infusing some new energy into my travel photography here in Hawaii. This is the trouble with photographers being on “vacation.” They’re never true vacations!

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A very warm Christmas

It does feel a little odd to realize it’s Christmas but it’s in the upper 70’s and I’m walking around in shorts! I wonder if Santa has a pair of red shorts??

I grabbed this shot of a yard with Christmas decorations and palm trees in the background as a memory of our warm Christmas.

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