Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean


We saw these rowers on Kailua Beach in Oahu as they prepared their boats & equipment for launch, and then watched them as they moved swiftly into the waves.

late afternoon in Kailua

I like this picture because I love the way the sunlight bursts through the clouds and how it creates light and shadow in the late afternoon.

watery grave

I chose this picture for the theme of Ocean because it is the site of where the USS Arizona sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Rusted parts of the ship are still visible just below the surface of the water and I thought of the men whose graves lie below. In the memorial, there is also a list of the men who survived, but chose to be buried when they died here with their comrades.

Napili Shores Resort, Maui

This picture was a little washed out in color, because I shot directly into the bright sunlight. I thought it looked better in black and white/sepia tones, giving the feeling of an old photograph. But in fact, it was taken at a modern resort in Maui, where there is a famous restaurant called the Gazebo – their pancakes with coconut syrup are out of this world!! I took the picture while we were waiting to be seated in the restaurant.

black sand beach on the Road to Hana, Maui

With only two days to spend on Maui, a trip along the northern coast called the Road to Hana was a must. One of the places we stopped was this black sand beach. The beach actually has black pebbles, but as you get closer to the water, they become coarse black sand. I had been on a black sand beach on the Big Island several decades ago and I enjoyed wiggling my bare toes in the coarse sand on both of them!

3 (no, 4) Large Countries I would like to visit

Three countries that I would like to visit – this is a hard one for me, because I love to travel and would like to visit nearly every place in the world! However, I think I will stick to the theme (for the sake of being able to choose only 3) of “large” countries I would like to visit! I think the top 3 would thus be China, Russia and Brazil. I will start with the last of these three first. I lived in Brazil from 1978-1981 (with a few months break in the US in the middle of this), and have traveled there twice since. The first time I went to Brazil was in 1971, and I promptly fell in love!! The language, the people, the natural beauty of the country became so much a part of me, that I tell people that Brazil is the country of my heart (or perhaps my soul). I will be doing a lot more postings about Brazil, so for now I will suffice it to say that I can visit many more times and will still always want to return. Right now, my son’s paternal aunt and grandmother live there, as well as many cousins, so there is a family connection and thus a motivation to visit.

Russia – a land of great mystery to me, but a land with a very rich history and culture. The contributions of Russia in the arts, particularly painting, music, and literature, cannot be understated. And because I love all these things, Russia fascinates me and attracts me to explore it someday!

China – who isn’t fascinated by China these days? It seems as if everything we own is made there. I would like to walk on the Great Wall of China,  talk to ordinary Chinese people, learn about their culture and history. China is a place so different culturally from any place I have ever been and that is part of its fascination for me.

I simply have to include a 4th: Australia! I have always wanted to go “Down Under”. I realize that most of what I know about Australia has to do with marsupials, people whose accent you have to get used to – rugged sorts who live in dusty outback areas (too many movies!), and tales of the aborigines. I’m sure I have a lot to learn about this vast and faraway country.