Kauai Revisited

The first time I visited Kauai, I flew in for a memorable photography workshop, and my daughter Erin met me there. The next time I visit Kauai, my daughter Erin will be leading me there to make some epic new memories — at her wedding.

As our family books flights and accommodations and looks forward to the big day, I took a look back at my 2014 photos of Kauai. Here is a waterfall image from the “Garden Isle” of Hawaii.

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You can see why Kauai is called the garden isle. It is not hard to find lush wilderness here.

Surely, our second visit to Kauai in July will offer many new photo opportunities on this beautiful Hawaiian island.

Turtle Independence Day

July 4 is a date that holds special meaning for all Americans, and for Sea Turtles, too! The Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii has celebrated Turtle Independence Day on July 4 every year since 1989.  They raise a group of baby Green Sea Turtles, known as “honu” in Hawaii,  in salt water ponds acquired from Oahu Sea Life Park. On July 4 the Mauna Lani celebrates their release into the ocean.

This photo is a sea turtle I found taking a nap on the beach in Anaehoomalu Bay ( a.k.a. A Bay ) on the Big Island of Hawaii. I have also seen large sea turtles swimming around me while snorkeling in Hawaii. Pretty cool creatures!

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Sea Turtle found napping on the beach in Hawaii.

Nature Photography Calendar

As 2016 rumbles to a close, I’m preparing for a busy 2017. I expect 2017 to be a year of practice, focus and growth.  I  look forward to a July expedition to Iceland to explore and photograph the marvelous scenery there.

But we would not wish to say good-bye to the sights and memories of 2016 without a chance to reflect on them. A September trip to Hawaii and Maui provided most of my year’s photography opportunities. I’ve assembled some of the best images of 2016 in a Nature Calendar, and I am making it available to you. Measuring 14″ wide by 22″ long, it is printed on premium card stock.

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Memorable landscape photography from Hawaii in Cathy Kelly’s 2017 Calendar can brighten your home or office, available for $26 plus shipping.

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Taking a Walk in Hawaii

In taking stock of the photos I shot in 2016, I came across this photo I shot with my Nikon D800 while taking a morning walk in Hawaii: a bright orange crab perched on coastline lava. It’s definitely fun to take a vacation in a faraway land where the wildlife and the plant life offer a visual surprise. Take a look at those eyeballs!

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Look who I met on my morning walk. Hawaii is another world with amazing wildlife.

 

 

Tropical Christmas

It’s such a busy time of year. While the rest of my family members are on the highway or in the shops today, I am grateful to have a few quiet moments to work on some special photos from 2016.

This tropical bloom from the Big Island of Hawai’i says Merry Christmas to me today with its brilliant magenta and green colors. Can you identify it? Could it be ginger?

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Merry Christmas from tropical Hawai’i. Photo processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Simplify.

Kohala Waterfalls

The Kohala Peninsula on the Big Island of Hawaii is drenched by four meters of rain a year, while the dry side of its mountain range looks parched. On the wet side, you can see some pretty spectacular waterfalls after a good rain, especially from a Blue Hawaiian helicopter.

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Two images merged in Photoshop show the Kohala waterfalls from clifftop to base, as seen from a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter.

Tropical Memories

It’s snowing and blowing outside in Pittsburgh, today, but I am focused on memories of the tropics. This is the highest waterfall and pool of the Seven Sacred Pools in Haleakala National Park in Maui. I could not see over the vegetation myself from the hiking path, but I set the camera and raised it over my head, mounted on its tripod to capture this view.

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The lush vegetation of the tropics frames the waterfall on Maui on a lovely late afternoon in Haleakala National Park.