Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Maui Flora and Fauna

I did not take many photos of vegetation but there are so many variety of plant that are amazing.  The two that I once photograph that are always amazingly beautiful are the dragon fruit and lilikoi flowers.  I hope to take more photos of them again in the spring.  Until that opportunity enjoy the hodgepodge of flora and faunas I have captured.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Maui Sunset Part 2

On my sunset ritual I spent some time scoping out a location of my next shoot.  Something that would be more dramatic and hopefully more interest than just the sky and the clouds.  Maybe next time I will continue to photograph a sunset at a new bay each night along the west Maui coast.  For now enjoy the Napili Bay's sunset.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Maui Sunset

While super-storm Sandy was blowing high winds and trying to take down my house I sat in the dark thinking of these photos.  How on west Maui everyday ends with a beautiful sunset.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day Trip

This was my last full day in Maui and as I mentioned previously I was not able to snorkel, thus, we went to the aquarium.  As it turns it we made a day of traveling around.  We so much driving into so many various parts of central Maui that I wished I spent more time documenting the process.  When you're in the heat of the moment and trying to get to the destination it's hard to see the overall picture.  It would have been fun to see the whole progression of almost driving all the way up to Haleakala.  The family minivan was not able to handle the rugged road too well so we gave up nearly at the end. Maybe next time we'll actually travel on the crater road and head up the into the crater and watch the sunset.  For now enjoy the lowland and the view from above.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Snorkeling and Tropical Fishes

I haven't been really successful at snorkeling.  As it turns out the first time I went snorkel I became very nauseous after 5 minutes and could barely walk out of the water.  I felt like I was on a boat with violent waves pushing me around.  I didn't realized that I was so sensitive to motion sickness but after some research it was a result of the fire ant venom from the day before.  My right foot was covered with boils and blisters from the fire ant bites  and I still went ahead and tried to fit in the snorkeling fins.  Atlas snorkeling was not meant for me even after more attempts to calm my sensitivity but I was still very nauseous immediately into the swim.  For the few minutes that I was in the water the tropical fishes were barely visible and very lackluster.

To combat my inability to snorkel and see the fishes in their natural habitat I went to the Aquarium to see the fishes up close and person with perfect lighting.  These are the results and it felt so much better than wobbling around after a swim and trying to my balance.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Coconut Bonanza

The coconut tree in the backyard can only quenched our thirst for so long.  The family pooled together and went in-land and visited a Hawaiian friend with more than amble quantity of coconuts to go around.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gotta love the coconut!

I've seen this coconut plant in the backyard for years.  I've actually never had the pleasure of eating its fruit or see it bare fruit at all until this year.  I have to say it's pretty awesome.  This is the few type of coconut tree that does not grow very tall and have normal size fruit.  Easy to cut down and easy to enjoy!

Miniature coconut tree with tons of fruit.
My very first time cutting down coconut. I mean when am I ever going to be eye level with a coconut tree?The coconut is surprisingly heavy, I had a pretty tough time holding on and carrying it inside the houseI think this is a classic photo. Gives me a feeling of what hanging out in paradise is all about.Call him the coconut master, he is quite good at chopping it for consumption. He makes it look very easy cutting through the tough outer skin.
While putting these photos together I realized something.  Usually I like to tell a complete story from beginning to end yet I feel that my photos have not.  I've shown the coconut being cut, carried, and chopped but not the final product or even the aftermath.  I think the same for the photos of 'Trimming the Tree', I had the before and after photos but I was missing the critical middle photo of how much green product we had to dispose of.

I hope that in the future I will think about the whole photo process during my travel photos as I do on my wedding photography where I always try to tell a complete story. I hate the feeling of seeing missing pieces or something lacking after sorting through my images.

Come back again for more amazing coconut photos!