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The Bluest State of the Union

August 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Ahhh... the time is upon us, even though the election is more than a year away, all the coverage of candidates, party affiliations and political scandals is in full swing.  Turn on the TV or look on social media for more than five minutes, and you will have at least some exposure to "blue states", "red states", "swing states" and the like - it's overwhelming!

Recently, I spent five days in arguably the bluest state in the union, and that being the state of Hawaii.  I have no idea what the political makeup is of Hawaii, or where it's residents or representatives stand on political issues, but I can tell you that no matter where you go on the island, you will be treated to so many shades of blue, some that you couldn't even dream up!

Oahu BlueOahu Blue I have been to Hawaii many times, and have wonderful stories to tell from each trip, but this one was different.  It was different, because I traveled there with only one goal; capture the color blue wherever and whenever it appeared.  This is such a departure from previous trips focused on making family memories, relaxing, and just having a good time, but what an awesome week it was!  

One of the great things about the island is that you can pretty much get anywhere within an hour or so with no traffic, so my alarm was set for 4am each morning so that I could get out and photograph the transition from night to morning, typically on the windward side of the island.  From there, I was free to explore throughout the day and look for the location to shoot in the evening for sunset.  My travels took me around the entire circumference of the island multiple times, as well as many side trips into the stunning mountains and waterfalls that rise up from the flatland!  

Enough about me, and the trip... the BLUE did not disappoint - it was EVERYWHERE!  The water is clear, and all around the island, the beach material varies from volcanic rock to one of the finest grain carmel colored sand which provides such variety in the shades of blue.  This, combined with what the sky and weather is doing creates countless shades of blue which gives Hawaii my designation as the "bluest state in the union."  Hiking up to the lighthouse overlooking the Pacific provides views of deep blue waters; standing on a volcanic rock jetty provides views of rich teal colored tones as the sun penetrates through and reflects off of the darker volcanic rock bottom, and finally scrunching your toes into the light carmel colored sand, looking out to the almost fluorescent turquoise shades found on this windward facing beach - all of these experiences are found in Oahu.  No wonder that camping on the beach seems to be the favorite past-time for the locals - who could blame them!

Needless to say, the five days went very quickly, getting about four hours of sleep each night, it all felt like a blur, but looking back and sorting through the 2600+ frames taken throughout the week is getting me excited to go back as soon as I can!  I'm continuing to post photographs from the trip, so check back to By the Sea gallery for more!

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