Sunday, February 16, 2014

Maui: Sun’s (Finally!) Out ~ Surf’s Up!!

Those postcard images of Hawaii came to life Saturday morning as we began our final week of timeshare life in our new digs on the island of Maui.

(As I have noted periodically on Facebook, this has been a wetter, more windy winter in these tropical islands than we’ve experienced in previous stays. That’s not a complaint, just a weather fact around here.)

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I’d been wanting to test out my new Fuji camera – the first one broke during our cruise to Australia last fall and was replaced by the company from where it had been purchased. 

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On Saturday I finally got the chance to check it out and these are some of my test shots.

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The break in the clouds prompted everyone, it seemed, to hop in the car and head out to the beaches. Even the smallest of pullouts were full of parked cars along the roadway at Maui’s north end, as people lined up to photograph and watch amateur surfers out ‘hanging ten’.

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It was picture-perfect Hawaii.

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And at the moment I took the photo above I knew I was in love with my new camera!

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Our explorations continued as we rounded the north end of the island and found ourselves traveling a narrow one-lane (speed limit 5 m.p.h. in places) road that might make the infamous Road to Hana seem like child’s play. It was probably one of the top five most beautiful drives we’ve ever taken and a delightful change from tourist-clogged Ka'anapali Beach where we are staying – I’ll post photos and tell you about it later this week.

Thanks for your time spent traveling the roads of Maui with us today. Hope to see you back again soon!

Linking up:
Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Discovery
Kent Weakley's Sweet Shot Tuesday

29 comments:

  1. Wait! Go back to Tahiti!! Ok, ok, ok...let's see, Maui huh? OH Maui!! Sweet! Though we are no longer married I got engaged there. Awesome memories!! We stayed at a really nice hotel in Wailea. But, I think the entire property was razed and something else was built there. Weird, because it was really nice. Just to the north of the Grand Wailea. Enjoy my dear! :)

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  2. Funny you should mention Wailea Mike, we went there today to visit friends. And we walked through the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons and Marriott and now there is a huge two story shopping center there as well, The Shops at Wailea (pretty much like shopping centers everywhere, btw). Oh and did I say it is pouring rain again? Thanks for visiting - glad you have great memories from the island.

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  3. Jackie,

    Your camera's magic is even evident in the thumbnails which made me scoot right on over to check out the AMAZING photos of the surf!! Sun or no sun, your pics are gorgeous!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Poppy! I was amazed that I did capture a surfer or two in the photo and not after they'd shot out of the viewfinder range.

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  4. The weather and the surfing look wonderful~

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    1. The weather was wonderful on Saturday - been rainy and cloudy since our arrival Friday with the exception of the one day. Oh well, guess that's what keeps it so lush around here. Thanks for visiting, Irene.

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  5. Great photos of Maui. Good surfing shots. Enjoy your new camera.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Donna. Most appreciated.

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  6. Nothing like enjoying a day on the beach on a good day...at the moment though it's raining on the big island so i'm enjoying your surfing shots....nice pics to!

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  7. Odd my profile above didn't register on google, i posted just earlier.

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    1. I knew from the comment, Noel that it had to be you. Google likes to keep us bloggers on our toes, never know what will happen to or with comments. Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  8. Love the photos of the beautiful warm weather. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Can't wait to visit and get photos like this myself.

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    1. You'll get here, I am sure of that Tonya! Let's hope when you do, it isn't quite as gray and wet as it has been this year during our stay.

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  9. Maui is very special, we've visited several times. You can just breathe in the tropical air and feel yourself relax. The beaches are lovely and the village of Lahaina is always fun. Haven't tried surfing, not brave enough!

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    1. I am with you Patti! I would much rather photograph surfers than be one!

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  10. Great place to be there on a saturday morning.

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    1. It was a picture-perfect Saturday morning, Christian. Thanks for taking time to comment! Come back soon~

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  11. I give the camera and your skills a big thumbs up. Tough to get those action shots. Well done!

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    1. Thanks much for the vote, Cathy. And thanks for stopping by today.

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  12. *looks at the images... drifts off into dreams of summer

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Hi Molly! It is enough to send you into daydreams isn't it? Thanks for dropping by - love seeing comments from you!

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  13. great surfing shots - particularly that last one. Nice capture. Surf photography certainly is an art form on its own. I have always wondered how they manage to get those "in the tube" shots. Looks like you have had a great time, whatever the weather. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

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    1. Yes Jill, I see those photographers with two foot long lenses posed and ready to capture a shot and think how in the world do they do that for hours on end? Good to see you again and look forward to stopping by your blog again soon!

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  14. I'll take the Islands whatever the weather! Enjoyed your shots - looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. June, thanks so much for your comments! Yes, even in 'bad weather' here it is better than most weather back home - we are with you on the weather here. Look forward to seeing more comments from you in the future.

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  15. Your camera is worth the love you've given it. The pics show the love.

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  16. I love Hawaii! Haven't been to Maui in many years, but your photos make me want to plan a return trip!

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