My blog entry comes a little late for at least one update... I finished my 2017 calendar last year and updated the link. It is still available for purchase, although I realize one month has already passed.
My communication and work on my site slowed last fall due to family matters, and I've just recently been able to carve out the time to get back on track. I've been spending time going through photos from my shorter outings over 2015-2016, editing the images, and putting them together into categorized albums. Over the last few days I've been releasing the albums online: three bird albums, one waterfalls, and one of critters that didn't have the volume to fit into their own album.
During the past year I've also been spending more time with film photography, working out the kinks in home made and converted cameras and establishing which ones help to bring forth my creative vision the best. I'm very excited to have found this new source of inspiration and it has put me on the path to a more concrete plan of action (rather than my previous "film for the sake of film" varied exploration) After this series of digital photography updates, my intention is to bring my film albums up to date as I continue to explore shooting film on my outings.
Over the past week I've updated three more galleries from my trip to Kauai last February.
The first new gallery is Kauai Waterfalls, which holds 10 images of a few of the waterfalls on the island.
Next comes the Kauai Landscapes gallery, with 25 images. The island's landscapes are varied, from deep valleys to high mountains, to rolling vistas of wild forests. This gallery holds the landscapes shot with standard lenses and aspect ratios. I will also have some more landscapes to share which are shot as panoramic vistas, as well as subjects shot with my Edge 80 optic.
The final update came this morning, my gallery of 15 "waterscape" photos... images which prominently feature the ocean or the shorelines.
Thank you for stopping by, comments are always welcome and appreciated!
Over the weekend I published three additional smaller galleries to the site; Seals and Lizards, Trees, and Sunrises from Kauai in February 2015.
The monk seals are endemic to the island, and endangered - I had the great luck of seeing three on our trip (one was at night and it was too dark to photograph) There is a federal law prohibiting getting too close and/or harassing these seals, who need to come on land and sleep without being disturbed throughout the day and night in order to recover energy from their hunting efforts. There is an island-wide team of volunteers who track these seals. They set up barriers to protect the animals, track their sleep and travel habits, and answer questions about the seals and their conservation program. One volunteer saw me taking photos of a nearby tide pool and invited me over to see the seal sleeping on the rocks (from a safe distance of course) and she gave my daughter a packet of information about the seals.
I spotted one lizard on a display of ginger root at a fruit stand in Hanalei, the others were all scurrying around alongside the ridge trail we hiked on towards the end of our trip.
I was very enamored with the exposed roots of the ironwood trees on Ke'e Beach, towards the north end of the island of Kauai. Over time the wind and water have exposed the roots, unveiling their intricate and abstract details.
Our condo sits on the eastern shores of the island of Kauai, just steps from the beach. Most mornings I woke before sunrise, made a pot of coffee, and wandered down to the beach with my camera gear to watch the sunrise.
My first new gallery from the photos I shot while visiting Kauai in February 2015, this gallery features birds of the island. The highlight of my birding experience on the island was to have found the Nene, the Hawaiian Goose, which is the state bird and endemic to the islands. That bird was the goal of my drive to the Kilauea Lighthouse Wildlife Refuge, and happened to be the first bird I spotted upon exiting the car. I hadn't walked more than 5 feet before the Nene appeared on the edge of the parking lot, waddling among the parked cars.
Last night I updated my gallery of other misc. birds from my Jamaica 2014 trip. This gallery contains all the rest of the bird photos which were not numerous enough to turn into galleries of their own.
Today will be my last update for some time... a collection of various scenery shots from Jamaica 2014. I actively tried to avoid sunset photos on this trip (because I've done so many in the past) and also tried to avoid too many foliage closeups (for the same reason) The way we travel in Jamaica does not usually offer the opportunity to stop and take wide landscape images... mostly our driving is from the resort to the destination, and some destinations (like walking up a river, or ziplining down a mountain) are a leave-the-big-camera-at-home type trips. On this trip, however, I had the opportunity to spend some time in a different area of the cliffs, where the resort was set on an outcropping affording a different view of the cliffs north and south. We also took a trip inland to a retreat set in the jungle with views looking out to the jungle below and mountains beyond. This gave me the opportunity to break out the wide angle and my Edge 80 Optic, and I was very pleased with the results.