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.