Weekly Photo Challenge: One

Diamond Head Light House

Diamond Head Light House

While coming back from Hawaii, I read an article Odyssey Of Mind by Rob Britton (http://hub.aa.com/en/aw/remembering-travels) in the in-flight magazine in American Airlines. The author says that at some point in our life we get caught up when we will have no time to travel. He says,

Although trip recall is often spontaneous, our senses usually are our boarding passes. Our senses of sound, smell, taste and feel can serve as similar tickets to another time and place.

We left Maui reluctantly, thinking we could have spent more time in Maui. Reading this article was a consolation to my mind. Ever since I returned from Maui, I have been revisiting whenever I narrate my experiences to friends or when I wrote posts on this blog about my travel.

Like Rob Britton said in his article, senses of sound, smell and taste take me back. Every morning I close my eyes and breathe the fresh air and the smell takes me to Maui. The sound of running water in a fountain at my office takes me in front of those waterfalls and the black sand beach. I come home and listen to Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia’s flute, and next second I am in Halemano. While cooking, I open the kitchen rack and the tinned Dole pineapple chunks remind me of Honolulu. Pesto Penne Pasta reminds me of Halemano, since we cooked the same at Halemano kitchen for evening dinner.

Looking at the photos that we captured in Hawaii again takes me there and all other places we have visited so far. There’s no 6 hour flight and journey is free of cost.

Re-posting some of my favorite photos, some are taken by my husband and couple of them by myself. The picture of a flower in snow, was not taken in Hawaii.

Koki Beach Park

An island seen from Koki Beach Park

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A distant tunnel seen from Nu’uanu Pali Look out

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A Beetle on a plant

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A man skiing at Ho’okipa Beach Park

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A flower covered in snow

A pineapple at Dole Plantation, Hawaii

A pineapple at Dole Plantation, Hawaii

Scenery on Kamehameha Highway

A tree on Kamehameha Highway,Hawaii

 

Dancing girl at Thanksgiving Parade – Waikiki

Statue of Kamehameha I the great

Statue of Kamehameha I the great

Puua Kaa State Wayside

A waterfall- Puua Kaa State Wayside

Our cottage at Halemano to the left

Our cottage at Halemano to the left

Morning Sun rise

Me sitting on the bench at the edge of the cliff watching the morning Sun rise

Written for : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/photo-challenge-one/

First and unexpected snow

We were sorting out our photos today morning when I  came across some of the old albums. I found these photos of my first snow experience. I was lucky to witness a snowfall just after ten days I arrived in America. It usually didn’t snow in the town we lived. My husband said this was his first snow either in six years of his stay. I was extremely thrilled. Our friends wrapped in jackets, snow hats and gloves, came to our place. We got ready to step out and play with the snow. It was an amazing experience to see the snowfall. I would catch the snow flurries, hold it tightly in my hand and crush it. I open my hand to see nothing but water. We went around the town to see people rejoicing in the first snow of the year. I guess nobody stayed at home. There were snowman everywhere and we made one of our own and took pictures.Oh I felt so nostalgic looking at them today. Here are some pictures of my first and unexpected snow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

Kochi port Kerala

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This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s topic is to go out and take a click of “The Golden Hour”. Golden Hour is first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photography has not been my hobby but I very much wanted to buy a camera for myself since my college days. After I started working, I bought myself a Sony Cyber Shot Camera DSC-S730 with 7.2 Mega Pixels (basic model). These two photos are initial photos I took from my camera when we went to Kerala to attend my Team Lead’s wedding. I have not done any photo editing to any of these photos. Continue reading