Hawaii was really wonderful. It is so warm and the water is so clear. We drove over to the east side of the island to see the volcano but unfortunately it was raining. The rain makes it difficult to take any photos of the smoke rising from the crater . We did get to have lunch in the old Volcano House hotel. I got to sit by the fireplace. On the way home we stopped at the black sand beach. It was a wonderful beach with black volcanic sand and it had 9 turtles resting in two rows in the sand. One of them had his head resting on another one’s shell. There were also 2 little puppies on the beach; I love puppies; so now we are home and continuing to pack. We decided that we would probably not live in Hawaii. That 6 hour airplane ride to get to the mainland is long and we love to travel.
This is a place that makes you very aware of how wonderful and intricate are the creatures and beauty of the earth. We are snorkeling almost everyday. Here are some creatures that I have gotten to take some photographs of. This is a rockmover Wrasse. He gets his name because in order to find food under the rocks and sand he lifts them with his mouth. Next is a snowflake moray eel; He slithers along the bottom of the coral looking for food to smash; he does not have teeth but 2 very hard disks in his mouth.This is a Hawaiian turtle. He was looking for food in the rocks on the side of the bay. That box on his back is a radio transmitter. He must be in a scientific observation.
And finally , this is one of my favorite photos taken as the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. This is a man looking at the sunset. He is dwarfed by the ocean, clouds and sun. This reminds me that we need to take care of this beautiful land and this fragile earth.
What a good excuse to go to the big island of Hawaii! We are enjoying great snorkeling here in the Kona area. I followed an morey eel with my underwater camera. And this group of yellow tangs eating And this circle of convict fishes looking for food. You probably noticed that there are no photos of houses….oh yes…houses???