ALWAYS BELIEVING that there is more to life than what comes through the five senses, and owing to the fact that my Mother died on Thanksgiving day in 1991, Thanksgiving has had a different meaning for me than for most celebrants.
This Thanksgiving (2012), June and I had decided to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Kauai, Hawaii, at which time two strange events occurred: When I was living with my Mother, at the time I went off to college, she had moved into a new apartment complex near the Pentagon whose address was 1111 Army-Navy Drive. Now, at one of the resorts we were staying in on Kauai, our room number was 1111. The zip code of the above address was 22202. The room number at our final resort was 2202; mere co-incidence, I think not.
Besides marking this marriage milestone, another reason for returning to the Islands was to complete a visit begun 20 years ago to several of the major islands including The Big Island, Maui, Molokai, but not Kauai as our trip was cut short by the devastating arrival of Hurricane Iniki.
My “assignments” were twofold: first, the usual photographic challenge of making the ordinary appear extra-ordinary and second, to achieve Relaxation.
Considering the considerable number of images I returned with, even after my usual ruthless editing, I give myself an “A.” Of course it helps to start off with extra-ordinary subject matter to begin with.
The second challenge, not so well: “D+.” I did experience my first jacuzzi ever and on another occasion, while having to wait 15 minutes for a table to become available at dinner, sat in silence next to my wife on adjacent lounges near the beach holding hands, but that was about it. As a Serious Photographer I really didn’t come to such a place to just lie around.
In less than 3 weeks we drove more than a thousand miles and except for a rogue wave wetting one shoe and dampening my sock, I believe my record stands as The Only Person Who Came To Hawaii Twice And Never Went In The Water.
All of the above images were produced using a Canon PowerShot G-12. Only in the case of the “Koi Feeding Frenzy” was a polarizing filter used.