Fresh back from Europe and I am ready for more adventure. When I decided to go with my friend, Alesia, on a tropical vacation, I did not take into account some realizations. I had all my energy in planning for Eastern Europe. The Hawaiian trip was planned long before, and it did not dawn on me that the Hawaiian Islands lie some 2,400 miles off the coast of California. They are a very geographically isolated population center out in the middle of a very big ocean.
What made that light bulb go off was seeing how long a flight it was from Seattle to Maui – 2,646 miles if you are a crow. When checking out flying across the Atlantic at least there was a few places of refuge (Newfoundland, Azores), but the Pacific it just looks like Hawaii is it.
Hmm, not being fond of flying, I really will have to put that thought out of my mind – and keep in mind those waiting white lounges above calling my name. They were a bit of heaven on earth in St. Lucia.
Tsunamis are a threat, as are hurricanes, whose season runs from June through November. I am visiting in January so hopefully no tsunami decides to break our way. What brought this to mind, I just finished watching Tsunami, The Aftermath Part 1 and 2 on HBO. I have a lot to stop thinking about now it seems. I am not fond of swimming either. Hey, I have issues with situations where my feet don’t touch the ground!!!
I know when I visited St. Lucia in January 2013, I never once got the feeling of being confined to an island. I could see other islands off in the distance. Horizontal to our location was Costa Rica, a place I was in the 90’s.
Costa Rica was not that big and four of us hiked up the mountain in the Central Highlands of Monteverde, seeing both the Pacific and Atlantic. Right after that magnificent sight, we got stuck in a monsoon, with rain so hard you could not see in front of you. That was one very long, wet walk back. I bet there are movies about being stuck on a far-off island or lost in the rainforest too.
I was surprised to read that there are familiar Northern Cardinals in Hawaii. Now how strange is that? They were brought there around 1929. I am not sure how much wildlife I will see. I thought Eastern Europe would have lots of birds, but boy was I wrong. I am pretty sure to see beautiful flowers on Maui though, just like in St. Lucia. Hopefully, fish too.
Which camera to take? I want to snorkel for coral and fish, so the AW100 for sure. The P510 is handy being small. If we go watch whales, the volcano or lava flows, then I would surely want the big camera. I may have to plan activities to decide. Having the little cameras in St. Lucia, I was not disappointed in either of them, especially the P510 with perching hummingbirds. Only with hummingbirds in flight did I wish I had the speed of the larger Nikon.
What kind of images should I take for the authentic island experience? Have any suggestions? Food might be a good photo subject to try. Street scenes would be interesting. Of course, the big epic scenery and surely, the beaches. Plenty of you have had Hawaiian vacations, let me know what you might have missed photographing and wish you did.
Oh the beaches await…
Over on Nature and Wildlife Pics, the post CoverSquirrel. Cute look at a few forest squirrels. Please have a look at our furry friends.