Not sure if you can throw words together, randomly in the Hawaiian language, but this seemed appropriate.
Moku Lani (Island Heaven)
A few years ago, while taking refuge in Ohio. I decided to change the way I viewed things.
Life had been this horrible merry-go round that was full of loss, and hard times. I was constantly thinking, “What did I do to bring this on.” And other than choosing to allow some people into my life, whom I never should have… I had no answers.
I decided the answers I seek must lie within me, and that I was what needed to change. Make changes within myself that I hoped would in turn create a much better life, full of calm, happiness and peace for me.
So I began to work on myself. My thoughts and beliefs.
Things I always thought of as coincidences are now viewed as blessings. Blessing in the way of good karma, you know all that spiritual mumbo jumbo…
I try not to question what comes my way anymore. This has been a difficult task at times, but I am getting better at it. I treat the bad as a learning experience, and the good I accept with grace and gratefulness. No questions asked. (the grace comes after I do the Holy Crap!! stuff…)
My time here in Hawai”i has been full of these unexplained “moments.”
Welcoming them seems to be the key…
When my stay here is up in November, I will head back to the mainland and Arizona (the Man and the State) Kind of like referring to him as Arizona, gives him an air of mystery. I miss him and the Desert.
So back to the good Karma stuff: I am currently trying to work out the details of a South East Asia offer that has been generously suggested. Again, out of the blue, a wonderful note arrived offering to help expand my global market, with my photography
So SE Asia, may possibly be my next big adventure. Who knows. If that is where I am suppose to be, I will find myself there…eventually.
A hui hou kakou
(until we meet again)
Getting to know the people on my ride….
The gracious Lady in Pink….and The Empress of Hilo
The Empress had me in stitches the 35mile ride home, what lovely characters.
Thermal pools~Puna district
I saw these two out in the waters, thigh deep. Asked if they were ok with me watching and taking some shots. As one threw the net the other snorkeled to keep the nets from catching on the sharp rocks. They said, sure…they could use all the luck they could get.
I stood in the cool waters of the Pacific watching and waiting. I didn’t need to wait very long. The net was thrown, and a school of fish were caught. The excitement and happiness these two exhibited, was infectious. They emerged from the sea, one with a sack of fish thrown over his shoulder like an Hawaiian Santa while the other came out a little bloody from his legs being scraped along the jagged lava rocks. They told me they guessed the haul at 125lbs, and it would feed their families and relatives well. I asked if this was typical, and they said, not at all…..
They were happy to pose for some shots and gloat about their catch….
I am sure the Luau they planned was a huge success…..
I like being in the right place at the right time….…
It has now become a ritual to settle in on the cliffs, chuckle to myself as I glance down the coast and then out to sea, and say aloud, I am on an Island in the Middle of The Pacific!
I’m surprised I haven’t considered pinching myself.
The ocean was spectacular today. Multiple colors and she alternated from calm to fierce. I finally found a couple ways to get down some of the cliffs to get a better angle for my shots…. the Lava is rugged and sharp, like glass. Falling on this stuff is not something I want to do.
I spent the majority of my afternoon here today. Lot’s to think about. I have been offered to possibly go on another adventure, to a far off land. I do not want to go into any details yet, I have this habit of getting myself all worked up and then things fall through. But it would be a photographers dream, and a chance to spend some time with an old friend. My mind is working overtime…. I am grateful that this opportunity has even been suggested…. I am sure I will have lots more to say on this subject, once I can think about it clearly….
I am a sucker for Ocean shots especially when the water moves the way she can…So I hope you enjoy today’s photos… I know I enjoyed The Sea and her Dance