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

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

Surf’s up!

Here’s a shot of a surfer contemplating his plan of attack on the waves on Sandy Beach. That’s Koko Crater in the background. The sun is setting conveniently behind the surfer.

Koko Crater is a cinder cone, with its peak, Kohelepelepe (or Puʻu Mai), rising to 1208 ft or 368 m.

male sufer with Koko Crater in background on Sandy Beach

Aqua Man

Sometimes I like to mix things up and go with a slow shutter speed to create a more painterly look for sports photography. For this shot, I went with 1/6th shutter speed and panned meaning I moved my camera sideways to “follow” the swimmer from left to right. That’s how I got the water to blur (painterly) and the subject (swimmer) is mostly in focus so that you can still tell it’s a man swimming.

man swimming in pool in Hawaii

New flora to explore

I would normally expect to experience all blue skies everyday while on vacation in Hawaii but that’s not the case. The other day the skies were completely cloud-covered but I discovered that I could spend the afternoon using that otherwise dreary sky as a white background to photograph the plants and trees that are very new to me. It turns out cloudy skies make for a great white photography background!

flower against cloudy sky in Hawaii


Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” was one of my childhood favorite books. It was one of the first ones I read to my kids soon after birth. I even read it backwards one time to one of my sons. Yea, I’m crazy like that!

On a recent walk through a Hawaiian neighborhood, I recognized a tree straight from a Dr. Seuss book. I don’t know what these are called but I could see myself sitting on top of this tree eating green eggs and ham.

Tree in Hawaiian neighborhood

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

Getting my toes wet

Back in Oregon, my toes would be the extent of any water time at the beach because of the cold water. But here in Hawaii, my toes were just the start. My family and I probably spent over 4 hours at Kaimana Beach (Waikiki) today with much of that time IN the water!

If I lived here, I’m not sure if I could get any work done. I’d probably end up a beach bum! An underwater camera for Christmas would do the trick.

Chijo's toes photographed in the water a Kaimana Beach on Oahu