Friday, January 15, 2010

The Ones that Got Away

We had a wonderful time in Hawaii - 12 glorious, sunny days full of sun and activities. We took a lot of pictures, but missed getting some of the best shots...
  1. Double Humpback Breech 50 Yards from Boat - wow, wouldn't that be a great title for the picture? We had no idea how cool it would be to be on a boat during whale season. We were happy to miss some of the snorkeling just to have a chance to see more of these amazing creatures. And yes, while we were out sailing, two large (adult) whales did breech just 50 yards from our boat - it doesn't get much better than that... unless your camera is ready, which ours was not.
  2. Christopher befriending a whale - one of the whales was slapping his pectoral fins not too far from our snorkeling boat. Christopher would wave to him, he would slap, C would wave, he would slap - and this went on for a while. Again, no pics.
  3. Swimming in breaking waves - as I watched Annika and Benjamin playing in the surf (pretty heavy during our stay) they had a great time jumping waves. If they were in just the right position, just before the wave broke, you could see their legs kicking madly away, backlit by the sun in the green of the wave, clouds of sand washing up from the bottom. But as many times as I tried, I couldn't make it happen.
  4. Helicopter Tour - we took a long and windy road to Hana, then caught the helicopter back - and it was awesome! The helicopter tour came with a DVD that you could buy at the end of your trip, but of course, it didn't work... Just as we took off, we saw two humpback whales swimming together, just below the surface. I tried a picture, but just got the water, now whales.

I guess I'll just have the memories... and all the other pictures I did manage to take!

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