Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! We’ve made it through another week of work, and our reward is some incredible photos and fellowship with our photographer blogger friends! I don’t know about you, but once again, I find myself in need of calm and serenity that comes from photography.
I don’t know what it is, but every year I seem to forget how intense the beginning of the school year is. You would think that after 12 new beginnings, I would remember how drained it leaves you. Somewhere locked deep in the fibers of my being, there has to be a memory of how difficult the transition to constant awareness and decision-making is. I just can’t seem to retrieve it until I am absolutely spent. Even if I don’t consciously remember it, certainly the fact that I spend my weekends sleeping should be a clue, don’t you think?
This week I had a student threaten several staff members, assault one, and essentially tear apart an administrative office. Another left campus and almost got herself killed in traffic. Still another hasn’t figured out yet that he will break before I do because I’m the adult in the room. On top of that, I’m apparently taking two graduate classes that started…this week. My gardens and flowerbeds are suffering, as is the level of cleanliness in my home and car. We’re also holding our breath as we approach the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina because there’s a storm out there that could be coming our way. It’s enough, and I’m pretty sure that after two martinis Friday night, I’m going to be snuggled up under the covers for the better part of two days. After we stock up on water and assess our non-perishable food supply.
This evening while waiting for parents to arrive for Open House, I sat editing pictures and remembering how absolutely beautiful Hawaii is. Just looking at the shades of blue and greens is calming. I actually think I might see about getting some poster-size prints to put in my classroom, maybe paper the walls with them. Surely if they soothe my soul, they’ll soothe my students’ souls too.
This week’s photos come to you from He’eia State Park in Kaneohe on the Windward Side of Oahu. The Sner and I toured Shangri La on a Saturday morning and then decided that we wanted to drive around the island a bit to see some of the places we probably wouldn’t see on our tour with the Polynesian Cultural Center. We got a bit lost because we were just driving. There wasn’t a text to our friend to ask what direction we should travel, and we didn’t consult a map or a Top Things to Do on Oahu site. We just went.
And we wound up in another little pocket of paradise. We noticed He’eia had a ton of cats in addition to the chickens that you find all over the place. I didn’t snap any photos of them because I couldn’t get them to stand still long enough to make it worth my effort.While we were at He’eia, there was a wedding about to start. No wedding complete with drunk groomsmen making a questionable decision about where to relieve themselves, and this was no exception. I guess that things like that contribute to the overall sense or feeling of decay at He’eia. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System, and it is in dire need of funds for maintenance, upkeep, and repair. In many states, the state parks are in a similar situation, if not worse. In nearby Alabama, many state parks have closed while others have closed seasonally and still others have increased fees. I can’t imagine Hawaii and funding for her state parks are any different.One of the things to do He’eia is to kayak out to sandbars for snorkeling adventures. I was reading some reviews about the park and there were comments about massive (500 lb) sea turtles. I’m ready to go back to do things we didn’t have time for during this trip. Snorkeling with honu is high on my list.
In Hawaii beauty lurks around every corner. I suppose that is true of anywhere you find yourself…if you are willing to look for it. While I’ll be sleeping a lot this weekend, I’m planning to get out with my camera. I’ll find some beauty along the Coast here. Where are you finding beauty now? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! You guys share some outstanding work, and I continue to be amazed at how you support each other! Last week saw our most entries ever along with the greatest number of clicks (visits to participants’ submissions)! Y’all are AWESOME!
Our most viewed link from last week came to us from Judy at J Bigg’s Little Pieces. She shared a selection of barns, blooms, and birds from Kentucky. I have to admit that I am a bit biased as I love and miss the Land Between the Lakes. I used to camp there every fall. It’s a gorgeous place!Our final link came from Sue at Image-in-ing. As always, make sure to go visit some of the links added later in the weekend! There’s some great stuff there!
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week so let’s get started!