This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Frozen.’ (See more responses here.) Usually, when I post in response to a challenge, I hunt through my files to see what I have that fits. With this theme, I thought about a photo of snow on Mauna Kea, but I had none in my files and Mauna Kea was bare. While much of the U.S. battles winter blasts of one kind or another, Hawaii chugs along in its usual warm to very warm range. Last week, an unusual north wind dropped temperatures into the low 60s and – gasp – even the 50s. Oh, how we whined about the cold. But, ‘frozen?’ No.
So I thought of a few options and went out to see what I could shoot. Luckily, my first stop at a local grocery store met my needs. Most gatherings in Hawaii are outdoors and while barbecues feature in most of them, coolers are a must for all. Going to the beach? You’ll need a chair, towel, and cooler. To the local park? Picnic fixings, games for the kids, and a cooler. In your own backyard? Barbecue and cooler. And when I say cooler, it’s usually plural.
All those coolers need ice and most stores have ice freezers to meet those needs. This one was handily placed next to a display of silk flower leis, a Hawaiian party accessory. And, as if that wasn’t enough, moments after I took the first photo, the ice delivery man wheeled in fresh supplies and gave me a look, wondering why this strange person was taking photos of his freezer.