SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 019

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer yet more galleries from The Big Island. The first is about us just going for a stroll and me having a camera with me . . . what are the odds of that!? Before we go on, the post associated with the first gallery can be found HERE.

We begin with ‘helmet urchins‘ which are sometimes referred to as ‘shingle urchins’ . . .

“Are those real? They look like armored cars.”

Yes, yes they do, Bob. If you remember the waves from the post last week, then you know these guys (and gals) can really hold on. They won’t let go even when battered by powerful waves. They have more staying power than a crooked politician.

Anyway, when we go on a walkabout, I’ll generally snap a quick photo and move on because Melisa is all about the walk. If I want to have a photography walkabout, we tend to linger as I snap four-thousand photos. On this day, I snapped diverse photos of diverse subjects in diverse areas. How’s that for diversity?

And what did we see?

A wooden elephant . . .
A flying Grinch . . .
A surprised rock (turn your head 90° sideways) . . .
A neat boat, and more.

Of course, being near the ocean, there’s a lot of ocean-related stuff . . .

Because of the nature of lava, there are a lot of tide pools.

In this next photo, if you look carefully, you’ll notice the coral pieces are underwater. That water is very clear . . . and, that piece of worn coral looks like a toad half-immersed in water. Well, it does to me . . .

You don’t always walk by the water . . . but you can still see motifs reflecting you’re on an island . . . .

That’s a rolling gat in front of a house on the shore . . . I bet it cost a pretty penny or two.

The details are amazing . . .

The next gallery is short, and the post describing the photos is HERE.

As I mention in the post, I was sure I snapped more photos than I did . . . but, 25 photos is all I have of my visit to Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park.

The park is pretty good size, but the interesting stuff is about a mile inland from the parking lot (it was — surprise — a warm day).

Not that I didn’t find interesting stuff to photograph on my way to the shore and where all the good stuff be at.

. . . and yes, I found some interesting stuff along the shoreline . . .

By State and Federal Law, you’re supposed to keep at least 20 feet away from Green Sea Turtles . . .

I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that it kept getting closer. Luckily, there were no rangers nearby, and as soon as I realized it had gotten way too close, I backed off . . . after snapping some photos.

What I remember most about that day is that I had dropped off Melisa at the hairdresser. It was supposed to be a two-hour window, but I got the call that she got done early, so I walked-ran the mile back to the car (lugging photo gear) and go to pick her up. Did I mention it was hot? No? Well, let me remind you it’s the tropics . . . it’s always hot.

Anyway, give them galleries a look-see.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of A Day of Stuff — 48 photos

Slideshow of Kaloko-Honokōhau NHP — 25 photos

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