Summer, summer break – vacation … settling into a new time zone five hours different from that of my year’s norm finds me out of our hotel with camera and tripod early in the morning, walking, gathering photos of Honolulu’s Waikiki – the day of the surfer and vacationer (from all parts of the world) prior to that day beginning. Surprisingly, even before 6:00 a.m., surfing instructors are out on the beach, with early morning animation, drumming up the day’s business, ready to take out the novice surfer. Looking from the beach to the ocean, before 6:00 a.m., finds surfers already surfing on moving and curling waves and along trails of the Waikiki strip joggers are already jogging. People conclude their sleep in city parks where they’ve been sleeping through a tropically warm summer night on the grass. Looking towards the buildings, Waikiki hotels are being restocked in daily essentials prior to the day’s formal start, Coca Cola products included. All this occurs before the sun crosses the horizon bringing us into day – fodder for photos.
Listening to – Glenn Miller’s band perform ‘Tuxedo Junction’ and Satchmo sing Happy Birthday to ‘Poppa’ Bing Crosby.
Quote to Inspire – “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams
3 thoughts on “Waikiki – Dawn”
So … did you take a surfing lesson? 🙂 I love being out in a new city early in the am, time zone change or not.
Hey there, LB:
The surfing lesson – it was much fun talking things through with the instructor; but, it was for my dancer daughter who’s twelve going on thirteen that I was inquiring. 😉 Watching surfers, floating alongside them on a rubber raft and the whole vacation has given me something to shoot for – I’d love to be much, much more limber than I am currently and able to ride the curling waves. And, I should let all who read this blog know that there were at least two or three people a day being pulled out from the ocean after having slammed into rocks below or the surf board itself. They’d gotten surfing but needed more solid awareness of context – good environmental awareness is needed … something you’re likely to pick-up on successive visits (if this makes sense). My next opportunity to ride the waves is likely to be in Tofino, British Columbia.
I like being out in a new city early in the a.m., too. It seems that the last time was too many years back in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Are you a surfer? 😉
I have never surfed … and would probably be one of those pulled out of the water! I have used a skimboard on the edge of the bay and wiped out several times just doing that 🙂