Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! I can see the weekend peeking over the edge of Friday, and I’m looking forward to its arrival. There’s not going to be a lot that we are doing, but sleeping in a minute would be really nice. I hope y’all have had a good week. It’s been busy here because Sweet Husband celebrated a birthday. (Happy Birthday, Sweet Husband!)
In other news, I’m almost to the end of my Hawaii photos. I’m pretty sure I said that a month ago, but it’s really true this time. I’ve got this week’s photos from Shangri La, the Doris Duke Center for Islamic Art and Culture, and then there will be a few more sunrise photos (hopefully complete with a rainbow). After that, there may be photos from a luau, but I’m not sure about that. It will depend on how they turn out. While I’m sad to be near the end of this particular series of photos, I’m excited about some of the photos I’ve been taking lately as well as some of the shoots I have planned. (New Orleans for Halloween, anyone?)
We only had 6 days in Hawaii, which seems like it’s going to be enough time but it’s really not. There were several things that we wanted to make sure we saw, including Pearl Harbor, some time on the beach, and a sunset sail. With those things outlined, we started working on filling in other blocks of time with other activities. When I googled “things to do on Oahu,” Shangri La came up as being highly rated.
A tour of Shangri La gets you admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art, which we didn’t spend much time exploring. there wasn’t enough time before our tour, and after our tour, we were hungry. We could have gone back, but that was one of the afternoons that we decided to get in the car and let the GPS point us where it would.
Taking photos inside Shangri La is prohibited. The docents are wonderful about telling you where you are free to shoot away. I wish I could have taken photos inside because it was absolutely stunningly amazing. Not only is the house full of art, it is art itself. As our docent said, when Doris Duke was traveling, if she saw something she liked, she would say “I want that. Have to have it.” More often than not, whatever it was, came home with her. You can browse some of the collection by exploring at the Foundation’s website.
The grounds are amazing. Doris Duke installed a pool on the grounds and then she had ocean water pools created as well. Building her estate and creating privacy for herself was a serious undertaking. Workers had to raise the elevation of the entire property.
On the day that we were there, there was a photo shoot happening down there on the rocks. Our friend said that while it looks like a very inviting spot, Duke would have built the pool on the grounds because the beaches near Diamondhead are very rocky, composed of a great deal of lava rocks. While swimming isn’t out of the question, it’s not necessarily the most comfortable of pursuits. The water, though – look at that stunning water!
On the tour, they do their best to keep you moving. Generally there are two tours happening at once, starting at the opposite ends of the property and coming together at the end. I didn’t have time to take all the photos that were calling my name.
On another note, if my birds of paradise plants would bloom, I’d be overjoyed. None of mine have ever bloomed. Seeing these in Hawaii made me remember why I bought the plants in the first place.
If you’re going to be in Honolulu and you have a couple of hours to spare, I would recommend booking a tour to Shangri La. While there are lots of things you can do last minute, I recommend booking this tour in advance. Limited spaces are available on the tours. Booking online allows you to see how many seats are available.
When you travel, are you a take-the-tour kind of person? Or do you prefer to play it by ear and design your own tours? Tell me about it in the comments!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Last week was an outstanding week for us. Not only did a ton of you participate, but you really did an awesome job of visit each other’s links. Thank you so much for that! That is really the best part of the link-up: the way you support each other. It makes my heart smile!
Last week our most viewed link came from Ruth at Tanama Tales who took us on a bike tour of Budapest.
Our final link came to us from Patrick at Adventures in Weseland who took us to the Presidio in San Francisco. I loved taking a look around a place I’ve been many times but haven’t been back to in years. As always, some of your fellow blogger photographers add some incredible photos later in the weekend. If you missed them, consider going back and taking a look at them!
Now it’s time for this week’s link-up. Let’s get to sharing!