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Waimea

2 Dec

One day we decided to head over to Waimea to see the falls.  You have to hike back through the gardens to get to the waterfall though where there were so many different species that scientist can’t even estimate how many are in the garden-forest area.

Huge lily pads!

These were not all true, at least on the day we went.

These leaves were HUGE!

Walls of ivy.

Looking up.

Pathways.

The falls.

The classic Hawaiian Hibiscus!

At the end there were peacocks!  There were a few of these large, beautiful birds just walking around.  I wanted to just reach out and pet one but the entire area is somewhat of a reserve so I figured I probably shouldn’t.  They are incredible though.  I loved them 🙂

Waimea is right by Haliewa where we stopped to see the surf comp.  The gardens were beautiful and all but I wouldn’t say it’s a must see of Hawaii.  It’s $15 to get in and just do the walk to the falls that you can’t even jump off of which was the whole point of going in the first place.  It’s extremely beautiful and if you are just looking to go shoot photos or walk around, this would be the place to do it.  In Waimea they also have a famous beach across the road known for it’s extreme shore break and is worth seeing.  Hawaii is truly magical and this might wrap up my Hawaii posts but I might sneak one in next week with all my extra photos just to reminisce again about my wonderful time last week 🙂

Waikiki is for lovers

1 Dec

We spent a day cruising around Waikiki and of course I shot some photos.  It’s so interesting to see huge skyscrapers right down on one of the most beautiful beaches overlooking Diamond Head.  Anyway, here’s my take in pictures of Waikiki/Honolulu over the holiday!

Beach walk.

Diamond Head.

You know my love for modern architecture… this building was very interesting!

Surf boards and Christmas wreaths, I love it!

One of my favorite parts of the day!  We walked by this shop that had high windows and when the dog heard us he came running to window to greet us.  His tongue I’m pretty was stuck outside of his mouth though so it gave him an adorable “flaw.”

I’m sure he has to be really well known in the Honolulu area.  He’s too damn cute to not notice!

We also walked around the Royal Hawaiian which was BEAUTIFUL.

Pillars and columns everywhere.  I love symmetry in architecture and the Royal Hawaiian was stunning.

They were setting up for a wedding.

Hawaii is a must see if you’ve never been and like sub-tropical destinations.  It’s incredibly beautiful and well worth the vacation!

Nighttiming – I’ve been trying to work on long exposures

30 Nov

I was playing around with long exposures in Hawaii because I think great ones are phenomenal, especially star circles.  Mine are far from fantastic but I had fun cruising around and shooting these photos!  I took many at the new Disneyland resort, the Aulani.  It’s pretty incredible in the pool resort area.  Anyways, enjoy and any good tips on long exposures is greatly appreciated 🙂

The sun starting to set.  This was about a 10 second exposure.

View from the balcony.

Walking to the Aulani.  The white building is the JW Marriott in Ko Olina.

Aulani lobby.

Aulani pool.

More Aulani pool.

Aulani infinity spas.

View from my Aunt and Unlce’s.  During the day you can see the ocean perfectly.  What if everyday you woke up to that?  It’d be beautiful!

Hanging around – why not spend a non-traditional Thanksgiving in Hawaii?!

29 Nov

More pictures from my getaway last week 🙂

Hawaiian Skies

28 Nov

OK, since I have the obsession with taking pictures of sunrises, sunsets, cool cloud patterns, etc. I thought I’d start my week of Hawaii posts off with some shots I snapped of the Hawaiian skies.  I do have to say that the colors in Hawaii are next level beautiful.  The skies are so blue and the sun so red, making for some of the most perfect sunrise and sunsets I’ve ever seen.  Enjoy and Happy Monday :-)!

Another Samurai sun!

It was only fitting that on my flight home I witnessed thee most un-real sunrise I have ever seen.

Zoomed out version of the photo above.

The light was shining right on Waikiki beach.

I have so many more blogs to come.  I’m rejuvenated and ready to get back to work as the new re-inspired (if that’s even a word) me 🙂  I promise I won’t include any sunrise or sunset photos in the next Hawaii posts, I just can’t help but love them.

Welcome to Vacation!

23 Nov

Hawaiian sunrise

Hawaiian sunset

I haven’t really been able to blog since I’ve been here but I thought I’d put a few pics up.  I have SO many to share and can’t wait to update my blog when I get back.  This place is amazing and I’m finding myself enjoying the downtime more than ever before : )