On the water

Water lilies at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden in Hawaii
A sailboat off the coast of Hawaii
Two outrigger canoes off the coast of Hawaii
A surfer in Hawaii

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Water.’ See more responses here.

First up is a patch of water lilies on Lily Lake at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens, which reopened at the beginning of April after being closed all year. My wife and I visited last Friday and it was great to be back. As usual, I took a bunch of photos most of which still need processing.

Second is a sailboat running before the wind on the blue Pacific.

Below that is a pair of canoeists paddling along the island’s northern coast. Yesterday, I saw several vehicles going by with canoes, probably headed for Keokea Park, where they can put in safely, possibly for a race. One of the vehicles pulled in to the likely landing spot, where surf was crashing over the parking lot. The driver didn’t look too enthusiastic. I don’t know whether the race took place or not.

Fourth is that quintessential Hawaiian pastime – surfing. Watch out for those rocks!

Finally, a pair of northern pintails coast on a pool of water at Upolu. These used to be seen in large numbers in Hawaii, but not so much these days.

A pair of male northern pintails in Hawaii

13 thoughts on “On the water

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  2. naturebackin

    I enjoyed all these photos but particularly the rather painterly quality of the top photo. Nice to know that the gardens are open again – and that macaws have been relocated to what is hopefully a nicer place.

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  3. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    So good to see The Big Island once more. I know I saw only one side..the Kona side but as an Aussie growing up by the beach, the waters of Hawaii always fascinated me as we saw the big waves on North Shore Oahu. On the day I did my tour back in Jan 2006 the beach was flat! Thank you so much for sharing, I stayed very close to the water and the black rocks were amazing. I didn’t see black sand though. Denyse #sundaystills

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    1. Graham Post author

      I hope you enjoyed your visit here. Most of the black sand beaches on the west side require a bit of a hike to get to. I’ve only been to Oahu’s North Shore once and there weren’t big waves, but I’d love to go when there’s a big wave surf competition going on.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks, Brian. The garden’s been closed for a year, but they did quite a bit of work during that time. I think this was the first time I’ve seen the water lilies blooming.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks, Terri. It was wonderful to visit the garden again. They’d done some work on it during the closure so it was looking really good. The only thing I never liked about the garden was those macaws in the cage, but they’ve gone now, relocated to a nearby bird sanctuary.

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  4. Kirstin

    As always, love your photos. I would be afraid to canoe in the ocean…lol. I’d fee so exposed. I love water, but I don’t like always being on the water. Probably because I’m not an overly strong swimmer, though I did try paddle boarding last year and loved it.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks, Kirstin. I’ve done some ocean sailing so I’m fairly comfortable out there. I’m not sure about canoeing and kayaking though. Too hard on my back! I’m glad you enjoyed paddle boarding. I’m not sure I have the balance for that.

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