I always long to be near the ocean to watch the waves roll in and then reach a full crest before they fold into each other.   It was nearing sunset and the crest of the wave was lit still with sunlight while the tide closest to me had reached dusk. To me it’s the definition of serene.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Serenity

Finally between vacations and just uploaded a boat load of pictures to my PC. This is not one of them though. This bridge spanned a small stream below somewhere on Kauai. The people on the bridge lingered so long that they were between me and my effort to get across the bridge to see what was on the other side.

Between the Bridge
Between the Bridge

Catching a few winks, this little Hawaiian Monk Seal was sleeping on a beach in Kauai. It’s almost as though he was giving us a wave or high-five as he turned to sun his other side.  This one might be a stretch for the weekly photo challenge, but the wave only lasted a moment before he sighed and dropped it to his side and went back to sleep.



Photoshop:  I finally got tired of typing in my signature for each picture and created an action to add it automatically. Had totally forgotten about actions.  🙂

Zebra Doves are found on Kauai.  Often they are around people probably begging for food.  They where introduced originally from South-East Asia.  They may be a nuisance to some people but to me I found them delightful to photograph.  This particular one was puffing up his chest in greeting.

Zebra Dove Puffing
Zebra Dove Puffing
Zebra Dove on Kauai
Zebra Dove on Kauai

Click on the image below to go to the full size image in SmugMug:

From a whale sighting trip in Kauai on a cool February day (2010), we lucked out and sighted both dolphins and whales during the trip. It was quite cold during February, but I couldn’t miss out on trying to get these pictures even in brisk weather.

I never thought we would see so much action and it was exciting to be there.

I’m not quite sure if this is two whales but it appears so. One is breathing out from the blowhole and the other is just ready to slap his tail and go under. Whales breathe just like human only through the blowhole. I never thought I would have the opportunity to photograph these elusive sea mammals and my heart was pounding every second.
This trip was in 2010 so my memory is not as vivid as I wish, but pictures do help to revive the sensation. I think this first larger picture may be a pair of whales based on the positioning. One is blowing and the other is just ready to splash the water.

One whale or two? What do you think?

The second large image was one that I thought would be impossible to capture and it almost was. I must have taken over 50 shots to get just this one. It may not be perfect but it was close to what I was trying to achieve. The water is deep blue, the tail is horizontal and there is water flowing from the “Flukes”. Did you know that each side of the tail is called a Fluke and that together they are called Flukes.
Each fin is named based on where it is located on the body of the whale. The fin on the top is called the “Dorsal Fin”. The fins at the side of the body are the “Pectoral Fins”. There is your whale and dolphin education for the day.

Never thought I would capture this image!

The names for fins hold true for the dolphins that are pictured below and for porpoises.  These pictures were taken on that same day in February a little earlier in the day, they are of dolphins.

Porpoises have smaller mouths, a more portly body and what is called spade shaped teeth.  I didn’t see any porpoises so there are not pictures of this sea creature to share.

The pictures below are probably of dolphins, not porpoises.  Dolphins tend to have elongated beaks or noses, a curved dorsal fin and a longer leaner body that a porpoise.  The dolphin is also a marine mammal like the whale. It is also more common to see dolphins than to see porpoises.  Just the same I was thrilled and lucky to see as many as I did.

When Gus and I started dating an eon ago, our first vacation together was to Maui, Hawaii. At that time, a long – long time ago, digital cameras had not been invented. So, you know how ancient that was. In learning to use this Nikon FG camera I was self taught and I loved it. It was somehow easy for me to just adjust the aperture and timing knowing what was going to be achieved. Instead of looking back at the image you saw what was happening through the lens and adjusted accordingly. Later that camera was stolen from our luggage while on the way to a trip to Tahiti. I didn’t get to take a single camera shot of that trip. After that I started using the Minolta DiMage but greatly missed the Nikon FG. I do need learn to use the manual settings again.

Upon returning home it was with at least 20 rolls of film in hand. I still have the negatives from that trip but the one for the Maui Shack was lost. This picture is a picture of a picture since I had the negative enlarged at print. Still, for some reason I loved it so much that after learning how to use Photoshop I went about recreating it to hang in the bathroom along with The Chocolate Factory.

Original Scan from 8×10 image

The scan has been manipulated with Photoshop;  the colors enriched, enlarged to fit a 20″x24″ frame along with whatever other tricks in Photoshop I could find to make for a more dramatic finish.  Photo-painting can be a lot of fun and gives you a vast amount of creative liberty.

Maui Shack After Photoshop
Maui Shack After Photoshop