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“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”  Emelia Earhart

We’re hiking around the north shore rocky beaches of Kauai today.  I had my 105mm macro lens on the camera taking shots of rock crabs and whatever else caught my fancy.  Then I sat down to just take a little break and this caught my fancy!  Sand on my shoes.  The story here is that I really hate getting my shoes mucked up – with mud or sand or anything else.  Usually I would take my shoes off to walk in the sand . . . but the beach we’re on today is just too rocky and I would cut my feet if I climbed on them in bare feet.    So – here are my sandy shoes soaked with salty Pacific Ocean water . . . but so what!  I’m having a great time and getting some really great shots . . .

I can always buy another pair of shoes!

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  C.S. Lewis

I am 60 years young.  I’ve had some pretty great experiences in my life, as well as some not so great.  But that’s life . . . and I create in my life the experience I want from it . . . no matter what “happens” to me.  

Right now . . . I’m sure enjoying this Hawaiian Experience!  

We were in Hanalei today just snooping around for some good photo opportunities.  I saw this old snag out in the middle of the mouth of the Hanalei River and thought it looked like a great 365 photo op.  I carefully set my camera up on the tripod, dialed in the settings I wanted, set the self-timer and away I went to get in position.  I had Glen standing out there to set my focal point.  However, I just couldn’t get out there fast enough.  The current was strong enough that it was hard walking against it.  So this was the best I got.  We did have the pocket wizards with us, but they were in the car at the other end of the beach.  By time we were done running back and forth here . . . I was just kinda done with the whole process.  Time to move on to something else!  I kind like this shot anyway . . . Glen waiting so patiently for me while he is watching the camera take the shots . . . and it’s a lovely view back to Hanalei and the mountains.  

Just another beautiful day in Paradise!

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“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of sprinkle startdust over the lives of little children.”  Alex Haley 

My beautiful little almost-2-year-old Grand Daughter has come to visit with her Mommie for a week.  If you’ve read previous posts, we had her here for three weeks last winter while her Daddy had open heart surgery.  I am so excited that Mommie has decided to spend her vacation time here in Canada with Papa G and Ya Ya.  She absolutely loves her baths . . . in fact she is a water baby – loves anything that involves water – even the rain!  She is an absolute delight.  I love the sound of her laughter ringing through the house.  It’s going to be a fun week ahead!

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”  Mark Twain 

I spent the last few days trying to get the perfect “shower shot” with the water flowing off my hair.  It’s incredibly difficult to get tack sharp focus when I’m doing this with the camera’s timer and trying to guess where focus should be.  In this shot, I noticed as I was editing – the reflection in the shower head.  So I cropped in, and this is today’s picture.  Shutter speed was quite slow, so the water is more of a steady stream.  

This shower is one of my guilty pleasures . . . hubby custom built it with the big 12″ rainhead, 6 body sprays, two hand held shower heads and three addition shower heads in different locations for optimal coverage.  It’s a water waster for sure . . . and so sublime!  I tend to only use the big rain head and the shower sprays.  It’s my own personal spa.

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“I don’t sing in the shower at all, and I don’t sing in the shower, either.”  Pia Toscano 

I’m working on trying to get a good shower shot.  I’ve seen a few photos of water cascading over wet soapy hair and it looked really cool.  Unfortunately, I’m shooting through the glass of the shower so it’s not very crisp.  You can see the “rain” from the shower head though which is kind of cool.  I thought it looked better in black and white.  

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  Dr Seuss 

Going for the abstract . . . but I’m in there!  I’ll leave this one to the imagination . . . 

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“Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”  Sasha Cohen

I love Water Aerobics.  There’s just something about not feeling the sweat of your workout because you are already in the water . . . plus it is an amazing all-body workout.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been for almost a year.  I was gone for most of November and  December last year . . . between my Granddaughter’s 1st birthday in California and a 3 week vacation in Hawaii – we arrived home just 3 days before Christmas.   The New Year brought several close family situations that consumed me  . . .  but now it’s time I get back to my healthy lifestyle.  It’s so easy to STOP working out . . . and really, really tough to get going again.  Why is that?  For me, I know it’s all mental . . . I create my own roadblocks.  I feel so darn good when I am working out on a regular basis.  Intellectually, I know all about the benefits that support working out and staying fit . . . but then it’s just so easy to “get too busy” or “just not get around to it” and then the day is over and I’ve not done what I said I was going to do.  One day soon becomes a week, and a week becomes a month.  Suddenly almost a year has gone by!  So – enough is enough – no more waiting for “tomorrow” or “next week”.  And if doing it for myself isn’t good enough then I’ll do it for my Grandkids and (future) Great Grandkids.  They deserve to have me around!

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“In every drop of water, there is a story of life.” Leena Arif

I’m playing around with my D800E and the 105mm Macro lens.  Since the sprinklers were on in the garden it was a prime opportunity to get some cool water drop pics.  I have alot to learn to maximize the potential of this lens . . . but I was pretty impressed with what I did get.  Can you see my reflection in several of the water droplets?  I had to really decrease the size of this for posting purposes.  These images tend to start out (in RAW) at around 40 mb.  I’m finding I really don’t need to do much post processing other than maybe a tad bit of sharpening.  The SOOC quality is quite stunning.  Coming from a crop factor camera (the D7000), it’s quite incredible.  

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“Grandchildren are loving reminders of what we’re really here for.”  Author: Unknown
 

I had the pleasure of taking my youngest Granddaughter (20 months old) to feed the ducks at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville.  I took her there a few months ago and she had so much fun.  What a difference a few months make though!  Wow!  She, again, enjoyed herself tremendously however this time she was running everywhere and just SO excited about the “birds”.  I was challenged to keep up with her!  We went through two containers of bird feed – the last one she just dumped right in to the pond, container and all.  I think she would have jumped in and gone swimming with them if I’d let her!  It was a great fun afternoon and no one went swimming other than the ducks.

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“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”  Walt Disney

I drove out to the beach today as I thought it would be cooler than staying here where it’s getting in to the 90’s this weekend.  Of course, everybody and their neighbor thought it was a great idea too!  It was a challenge to find a beach with close enough parking for me and the little one to walk.  I did finally find good parking at San Gregorio Beach just south of Half Moon Bay.  It was actually the perfect beach because of the little bay with a sand spit between it and the ocean.  Baby girl was elated at the opportunity to play in the sand, get her feet wet, then venture further out where she could actually dunk herself completely.  This little doll is not afraid of the water!  

I had to finally drag her back to shore as she was getting a bit too far out for my comfort.  As it was just the two of us, and there were tons of people at the beach, I wasn’t very confident in leaving my camera and purse on the beach while I went in to play with her.  So . . . sadly her fun had to end.  She cried all the way back to the car!  I felt so bad . . . however as soon as I got a bottle of water out to wash her down and change her in to dry clothes, she was happy again.  

If only we could just stay young and not have to worry about responsibility and just live life as we see fit.  She was having so much fun . . . screeching for joy every time she dunked herself in the water.  Truly, it was precious.

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