We all love water. Watch children scream with delight when you take them to the beach or a pool. Our bodies are 70% water. Without water life would not be possible. When one spends over 2 weeks on the Baltic Sea, or its ports which are criss crossed by inlets, ponds and canals, the impact of water on one’s vision is undeniable.
Blogger and photographer Malin H. made me aware of this quote: It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)
This series includes photographs from, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and on the High Seas.
South of Kona there are a series of nearby beaches. Place of Refuge is a Pu’uhonua o National Historic Park and it is adjacent to Two Steps Beach, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot. Further down the road is Hookena Beach Park where I photographed some locals and their boats.
The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy.
While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.
It’s getting close to the end of the photos from my South Africa trip. This group of photos was shot near the middle of the trip and includes a variety of subjects. The exotic birds were photographed at Birds of Eden, a bird sanctuary that is a cage so big the birds don’t realize they are in a cage. It covers several acres and the net is about 100 feet overhead. A funny sign graced the men’s room at Monkeyland nearby. Bloukrans bridge is the largest in South Africa and known for its bungee jumping. The foot bridges by the sea are at the mouth of the Storms River. A bridge through the forest was captured at Monkeyland. The black and white landscape and oyster sign are from Knysna. If anyone knows the correct names for the birds, please leave me a comment and I will change the captions.
About halfway across the Southern tip of the African continent lies Tsitsikamma Park. Storms River is a major landmark in the area. It is crossed by a suspension foot bridge. This is the only national park that I have ever entered where the gatekeepers made me sign a liability release as if I was engaging into some very hazardous activity. Perhaps waking across a swinging bridge with a bunch of retired Germans is dangerous. Also in the park is the Bloukrans Bridge which is the largest bridge in South Africa and the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Despite it’s reasonable price, I passed on the jump. Besides, they don’t let anyone take cameras or mobile phones out to the platform. They are happy to sell you a CD shot by their photographer. The panoramic photo of the gorge is made up of six 36MP shots with a net 100MP in the stitched image.
The pano is 1600 pixels wide. Click on it to see it large.
These photos are from a shark diving trip which launched from the Gansbaai area. Shark Diving Unlimited ran the trip professionally. On the boat there is a steel cage so the sharks can be viewed at water level or slightly below by divers. The water was cold and the sea was rough, so I did not last very long in the cage. These are Great White sharks which are nearly extinct.
On the way back to San Francisco the sky was white all day. I was lucky it did not rain but a few drops. By a round about route I traveled to the Point Reys area, Muir Woods and finally, across the Golden Gate bridge. My only hope is these do not look like the usual shots from those places.
Galveston has a population of under 50,000. Right now it seems like more than 50,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles are there rolling up and down the streets without mufflers. Bikers are a bit nuts, but the girl bartenders who wait on them in Galveston are even crazier. Some are serving in bikinis or outfits more suitable for a burlesque performance. Their behavior is as outrageous as their outfits with the girls asking for tips to be tucked under the elastic on their hips. On the historic Strand there is a constant drone of Harley V-twin motors as the sound reflects off the buildings on either side of the street. The weather was perfect today with lots of sun, pretty clouds, temperatures in the low 80′s and a nice sea breeze blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. It is possible that the Lone Star Rally is the largest motorcycling event, even bigger than Sturgis. I hope my viewers will understand why I did not take pictures of the mostly middle aged male riders. It’s just biker madness and Galveston craziness. What can I say?
San Miguel is the main town on the island of Cozumel. Cozumel is know as the busiest cruise ship port in the Caribbean and possibly the world. The island is also a major destination for scuba divers and vacationers who stay outside of town at all inclusive resorts. I go scuba diving there in the morning and after lunch there is time for street photography. On Sunday nights there is a dance in the center square of San Miguel. The cruise ships are gone by then and most of the tourists are back at their hotels stuffing themselves at the chow line. The night shots were taken at that dance. This set was shot in July of 2012.
These photos are of contestants in the 2012 Galveston Beach Swimwear Review which was done on a vintage American swimwear style theme. Many of the girls also wore vintage hair styles and makeup. The styles ranged from a self constructed 1920′s swim dress (#38) to a 1960′s bikini (#45). Think about it. Sewing your own vintage swimsuit and modeling it before a crowd along with the hair and makeup. These girls went all out. None of the girls were introduced as professional models and only one out of the 50 contestants when introduced mentioned an interest in modeling. However, I heard many are pin-up models and the organizers keep it quiet. They all wore heels which are lovely, but not the best for walking on beach sand. This shoot was not planned in any way. I had gone down to Galveston to enjoy the weather and was driving down Seawall Blvd. when I heard the announcer. I was lucky enough to find a parking spot and a place on the beach to shoot.
These images are of contestants in the 2012 Galveston Beach Swimwear Review. These girls went all out. None of the girls were introduced as professional models and only one out of the 50 contestants when introduced mentioned an interest in modeling. However, I heard many are pin-up models and the organizers keep it quiet. Here they are. They all wore heels which are lovely, but not the best for walking on beach sand.
This set is more edgy than the last because all the girls have visible tattoos, some large and dramatic. One candid street shot of bicyclists is there for good measure.
This tour contains 16 images in two blog entries arranged as if one started at the highest point of Wiamea State Park and drove back to sea level, and then North around Kauai finishing near Tunnels Beach at the opposite end of a fabulous Hawaiian island. This post contains 8 photos from what are called the South and middle sections of Kauai. The first three photos are at the top, roughly 5,000 feet in altitude looking out over the Napoli Coast, only a few miles away from Tunnels Beach as the crow flies, but over a three hour drive because the roads do not go all the way around Kauai. The stitched panoramic photo of The Grand Canyon of the Pacific was shot on the way down the canyon at an elevation of 4,000 feet. ”Wasted Sugar Mill” is at sea level not far from the park entrance. One Tree on a Hillside is near Hanamaulu. The final two photos are off Hawaii Route 580 near Wailua.
The first two photos are from the Maha’ulepu trail which starts right next to the Grand Hyatt. It is under 2 miles each way and does not have large changes in elevation. The remaining photos are from hikes on the Kuilau trail. This is one of the easier hikes on Kauai at less than 2 miles each way. I highly recommend Kuilau. It is sometimes referred to as the trail near the arboretum.
Just a short ferry ride away sits Capri, playground of the rich and famous, while swarming with ordinary tourists like myself. The views are fabulous and the people walking around, amazing. Here is just a little bit of what I saw on the island. I did get to speak with the lady from Miami. She is a down to earth gal.
These photographs are from from Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, a true bucket list destination.
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San Pedro is a little beach town on Ambergris Cay in Belize. Accommodations in town are reasonably priced, but above typical backpacker levels. Away from town there are expensive resorts. Food is good, cheap and always accompanied by Marie Sharp’s habanero pepper sauce. The scuba diving is noted for large numbers of nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, black grouper and Jewfish. The reef there is one of my favorite diving areas and is where I learned the basics of technical diving. You can kick back, have a beer and listen to Dennis Wolfe and the Usual Suspects at BC’s beach bar where the first 3 photos were taken. This is also the island where the famous John Mcafee lived for a while. Don’t worry, there are lots of strange and mysterious people left.