Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kauai 2013: day 5

Day five saw my parents and I invited to take part in a blessing ceremony for the young granddaughter of some family friends. I don't believe there was any formal religious basis to the ceremony itself; the best way I can describe what happened, as I understood it, is that it was a kind of christening that welcomed her to her extended Hawaiian-based family. It was a very special thing to be a part of, and I feel very fortunate to have been asked to attend. I didn't speak to anyone about whether or not I could post photos from the morning, and as it was a private gathering of family and friends I figure the right thing is to maintain that privacy. However, I do have a few pics from the day I feel comfortable sharing, starting with the sight that greeted us as we gathered on the beach that morning—I'd call it a good omen if ever there was one:

Some of the items used in the ceremony, including a gorgeous conch shell, a coconut, and some Hawaiian salt:

A shot of the shoreline, as the water was an absolutely gorgeous blue that morning:

And finally, a blossom on a tree that caught my eye later on in the day:

The next day was a banner photography day, as it included my first visit to Kilauea of the year and my first luau ever, so stay tuned for a photo bonanza...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Kauai 2013: day 4

My mom's probably going to have a coronary incident when she sees I've updated my blog...

Day 4 was pretty mellow, as we scheduled a day of massages with an awesome masseuse my folks met during last year's trip. She comes right to your place, so all you have to do after she's finished with you is ooze on over to a comfortable seat until you feel like moving again; in our case, two of us would sit out on the lanai to provide some privacy while the third had their turn. I took these shots after my limbs felt like working again.

 A zebra dove in the shadows:

It took a little while, but I finally managed to capture a Java sparrow as it played a bit of hopscotch:

Checking closely to make sure no stray seeds were missed:

And finally, a few closeups of some Javas on the railing.  Given how many pics I took of the Java sparrows last year, I didn't spend a whole lot of time photographing them this time around. But they're always a lot of fun to watch, and I look forward to spending time observing them again next year.