Let ‘Er Blow – Water Droplets

This post is for #Sunday Stills hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.

After reading Suzanne’s post about putting your best “foto” forward, I spent a little more time on these photos than I usually do.

I took these blow hole pictures in Maui, HI. They erupted about every few minutes, each one a little different shape than the last one. We stood at the top of the cliff mesmerized by the shooting droplets. These forceful eruptions will suck in adventurous people who get too close.

I took these photos in Camera Raw, which at the time was a new term for me. I altered the temperature and clarity before I saved it and cropped it so that the blow hole was more in focus. I would have liked it a little sharper, but even using photoshop, this was as clear as I could get it.

I cropped this photo but did not change the color (temperature) of it very much in camera raw. It was too blue for me, so I adjusted the saturation level as a layer in photoshop. Water droplets are abundant in both the waves and the blow hole.

This might be my favorite of the three. I liked the shape. I warmed up the temperature (color) slightly, but did not crop the this picture.

From November through February whales come to Maui to enjoy the 75-degree water and raise their young in the safe warm environment. Humans like us come to see them blow their spouts.

Boats were restricted from coming too close to the whales, but they circled around if they found an active mom. The boat we were on had equipment so that we could hear the whales talking to each other. I cropped this picture so you could see more whale and less ocean.

I hope you enjoyed this short Maui Water Droplet Collection. Have a great week next week. Be sure and stop by Carrot Ranch on Oct. 1 if you like flash fiction. Rodeo Flash Fiction Contest Month is October.

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One of the Top Places to Visit in Maui, HI

Iao Valley State Park

I met a wonderful woman while battling the Hawaiian surf old-lady style.  On our last day there she told me about Iao Valley State Park where we had not visited.  So before we went to the airport we spent an hour or more hiking around this park wondering how in the world the ancient warriors ever hid behind this needle.

Watch your step; 133 steps to the lookout point!

So up we go to see this big needle that was a famous hiding ground for ancient warriors.  It’s so steep that we wondered what they did before these steps were here?

The climb was easy because we both stopped frequently to take pictures.  I got sidetracked by a spider web sparkling in the sun that wouldn’t cooperate.  Needle-like FOCUS Marsha.  (Self-talk is good.)

The vista was splendid and we are not even close to the viewing area!

Viewpoint Headquarters

This lookout point is as far as the paved public trail takes you. Still, we were not very close to the Needle.  So how DID those warriors get there?  It’s still quite a climb.

What goes up, must come down.

And what a journey down was.  It wasn’t raining while we were there, but the lush vegetation suggested that it rained often.

They don’t bother to post “Watch your step” signs here! (where it’s much more needed than on the safe stairs!)

Kids frolicked in the water.  I don’t advise walking on boulders with cool river waters gurgling over them especially over the falls!

There was something for everybody at this park.

Is he looking for the Needle? He’s not even close to the Haystack!!
It’s an easy walk down to the floor of the valley.


The day was hot, about 86 degrees and muggy, so a splash of cool water from the stream felt good. There were plenty of cool rocks to sit and rest before starting back up to the parking lot.

One traveler from California enjoys the cool Hawaiian weather. It was probably over 110 in Bakersfield California that day.

At the end of the trail, we sat in the shade and watched the vog roll in.  Vog results from the smoldering volcanic ash from a nearby island. Natives say that it’s no healthier for you than smog, but it’s a lot prettier. We sat and breathed it in for a while just to get a feel for the place.

The Needle

With a needle this big, who needs a haystack?  I have to say, this needle is a little disturbing.  Cross my heart and hope not to die, I wouldn’t want IT in MY eye.

Google Map Iao Valley State Park

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Beat the Summer Heat – Vacation in Hawaii Aug. 18-25, 2019

My husband Vince and I own a timeshare with Diamond Resorts. I’ve already booked this luxury Hawaiian resort, Ka’anapali Beach Club, my favorite place in Maui for seven nights. At $150 per night, it’s less than Expedia – $199 per night. August 18-25, 2019. This offer at this price is good until May 19th.

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How Do You Conquer a Bad Mood?

#NaBloPoMo Day 21, #Hawaii Trip, Cee’s Oddball Challenge Week 47

Put on a happy face.

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Where to Shop Like a Movie Star in Maui

#Cee’s Oddball Challenge

I appreciate creativity but admit that it eludes me.

We drove south from Lahaina to Wailea where movie stars come to Maui and shop at the Shops of Wailea. They close down the mall when someone famous and sensitive come to shop. Nothing is cheap here. Even a little ball of ice cream wrapped in a dough was about $2.00.

It was warm so I sat on the fountain enjoying the tropical breeze with Vince.

Carol Sherritt finished her ice cream, and rushed off, camera around her neck, and began shooting pictures of all the windows.

I must have been blind, I thought to myself. What does she see that I don’t see?

All that to display a purse. I wonder how much it costs.
All that to display a purse! How odd! I wonder how much it costs.

I followed her and started snapping pictures, too, just so I didn’t seem like a stupid travel blogger who did not know what captured people’s interest.

After I watched her excitement I decided that the window was interesting.

What do you think? No, don’t answer that! I’m afraid for you to tell me that I almost missed an opportunity to entertain you.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Chicken

#One Word Photo Challenge

Hawaiian State Birds struts their stuff!

Cluck Chuck, cluck!

in the park and

On the beach.

So sad, Chad!

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