It’s Friday again! Welcome to the second to last summer edition of Photo Friday. Here in the heart of the deep south, we are beginning to gear up to go Back to School. There is one more Friday before teachers report on August 1 (although some of my friends will be reporting July 28) and children report on August 4. I can’t believe that summer has whipped by so very quickly. Have you enjoyed your summer? I know that I have, and this week’s Photo Friday takes you back to Hawaii with me to visit the Tantalus Lookout in Honolulu.
Before we make it there, though, I have to show you Koko Head.
I don’t know if you can see it or not, but there are stairs that go all the way to the top of that hill. I would have really liked to have hiked to the top – think of the views and the possibilities of panoramic photos! – but we just looked at it in awe. Next week I’ll be bringing you photos from my hike to the top of Diamondhead, and the difficulty I had with the stairs on that hike mean that Koko Head is currently out of my reach.
I am a bit on the chubbier side. It’s something that I’m working on slowly but surely. One of the tenets of my life is that I try to not let the fact that I am overweight our out of shape limit me in significant ways. If there is something I want to do, I generally go and do it. Now, I might not do it quickly, but I do it. Here in south Mississippi, we don’t have a lot of elevation hikes so while I am used moving quite a bit – averaging between 10,000 – 15,000 steps a day – I’m not used to climbing. We’re flat country out here.
Climbing is painful. No Koko Head for me. The next trip, though, I will be all over that because I’m seriously considering joining a gym so I can do things like the stairmaster and get ready for more serious hikes!
Our friend Brandy grew up in Hawaii, and she gave us a little orienting tour on our first full day with her. I’m glad that she did because while our Polynesian Cultural Center tour hit some of the same places she took us to, it didn’t include places like Tantalus.
The gorgeous thing about the Tantalus Lookout is that it gives you a panoramic view of Honolulu and Waikiki. It allows you to see the density of the development as well as the incredible scale of Hawaii’s beauty. Off in the far distance you see Diamondhead and you can see the high-rises of Waikiki Beach. The turquoise water contrasting with the brilliant blue sky is almost magical.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it.
From Tantalus you can also begin to get a feel for the different ecosystems on Oahu. One of the things that surprised both my Sner and me was that Oahu isn’t all lush rain forest/jungle. In this photo you can see the undeveloped slope and begin to get an idea of what the more arid sections of the island are like.
One of the things that I’ve wanted to play around a bit with in terms of my photography are panoramic shots. I was doing a photography challenge earlier this year and one of the week’s themes was panorama, which I wasn’t very successful with that at the time. I couldn’t figure out how to stitch things in Photoshop, and I hadn’t taken the right series of photos to create the perfect panorama. Standing on top of Tantalus Lookout, though, I thought, “What a perfect place to try again!”
The problem is that when I went to edit my photos, I forgot that I wanted to create some panoramas. I was looking through them and couldn’t figure out why I had all these photos that were essentially the same. Then I remembered.
I think they turned out fairly well, particularly the first one. Unfortunately, Tantalus was the only place where I thought, “Hey! Let’s get some panoramic shots!” I suppose I’ll have to practice some more with them here along the Coast.
I leave you today with a photo of the Sner and me. I’m again in the picture, which I’m proud of. I didn’t think to get in the photo too many more times because when you’re always taking the pictures, it’s hard to remember to get in the picture.
(It almost looks like we were photoshopped into this picture, doesn’t it? We weren’t…we were right there)
I hope that you’re having an awesome summer and that you have a little while longer with your summer than I do. I think it’s one of the great cruelties of life that at least here in the South, we go back to school when it is still blistering hot outside. It’s kind of like, “The weather says it’s still summertime! How can you make us go back to school NOW? How are we supposed to concentrate?” Let’s talk in the comments about what you’ve been up to the summer, and if you’re headed back to school, whether or not you’re ready! (I’m firmly in the “not ready” camp)
It’s time again for the Photo Friday link-up! Thank you so much for joining us each week. I apologize for the delay this week; my procrastination habit combined with an electric strike that took out power and internet for two days bit me in the butt.
Last week our most viewed link came to us from Ruth Daly. She gave us a quick recap of some of the beaches she’s visited as part of her travels during the last year.
Our final link came from Aditi’s Pen, taking us to Switzerland.
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week, and I’m excited to see you supporting each other! Thank you for visiting and commenting on each other’s posts! That support is what makes this such a great community.