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The Magic of Kauai

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The island of Kauai has always had an almost spiritual power for me. The challenge of photographing this spectacularly beautiful island is to find a way to move beyond the obvious, and much photographed, beauty. My goal is to find a way to evoke a feeling of wonder from those who view my photographs.

On our most recent trip I managed to get several unexpected shots. Like so much of life, showing up is the first requirement. On the first morning of our month-long stay Bob and I woke before dawn, saw from the clock that it was 6:30 (sunrise was at 7:10), fell into our clothes, grabbed our cameras, and headed for the door. Once outside we realized that it was really very dark. Way too dark to be so close to sunrise.

We looked at each other and said, what time is it? Turns out that the clock was an hour off. Instead of 6:30 it was 5:30 – well, 5:45 by then. Instead of going back inside we decided to do our customary walk backwards, starting out on sidewalks instead of lava. Uneven lava in the dark seemed like a bad idea.

As we rounded the corner to head for the ocean this is what we saw:

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Before sunrise and just before the new moon. We would never have thought to plan it.