Aloha all and welcome to another one of these photo diaries from the beautiful island of Oahu. These photos were all taken this past weekend. I hope you enjoy your visit here.
The Ko'olau Range
From the town of Kane'ohe you look up at the face of the Pali, or cliffs that run along the entire windward side of Oahu. This long cliff is actually the remnant of the headwall of a gigantic landslide that occurred 1 to 2 million years ago (possible several events). Almost half of the ancient Ko'olau volcano fell into the ocean creating a debris field that stretches 100 miles to the northeast of Oahu on the seafloor. The tsunami this event generated must have been immense.
Another Ko'olau shot
A very common alien species in Hawai'i
Experimenting with motion blur during a period of heavy overcast. I lowered the ISO to 100 and used an exposure of 1/20 @ f/22 and panned with the surfers. You get a lot of junk shots but occasionally you get one with the surfer sharp and everything else blurred. It is nice to be shooting digital and not film with all the wasted shots.
Ulua Fisherman at Laie Point
Green Sea Turtle or Honu
They are great subjects while sleeping in caves during the day
The wreck "The Mahi" off the leeward coast of Oahu. It is an old minesweeper that was sunk in 90 feet of water as a artificial reef.
Beautiful neon colors on this little wrasse.
Another wrasse, this is one of my favorites.
This ornate wrasse is an Ornate Wrasse.
Manybar Goatfish or Moana and Cleaner Wrasse.
These goatfish turned from red to white as I was taking photos. I am not sure if it was a sign to the cleaner wrasse.
Green Sea Turtle
A little silhouette action, this monochrome shot looked better to me as black and white.
The fish are a mixed school of yellowfin goatfish and bluestripe snappers.
Oh yeah... I got to swim with dolphins again. I am so lucky to be able to spend time with these amazing creatures in the wild.
Gold Lace Nudibranch
A beautiful and tiny sea slug.
Yellowfin Goatfish and Cleaner Wrasse
I liked this shot because the wrasse is inside the gill plate going after parasites.
Hawai'ian Monk Seal
According to the NOAA volunteer at the site this seal is named Honey Girl and she is pregnant. Sadly (according to the volunteer) her three previous pups all died, two caught in gill nets and one of unknown causes. Gill nets are actually still legal in Hawaii under restrictions (2 hours maximum time in the water) that are often not followed. There is little enforcement of the law. They should be banned. Monk seals are highly endangered with only about 1,000 individuals left and population decreasing.
A little infrared action.
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