Saturday, November 19, 2011

Simply, Love

It's beautiful to see two people in love.  Nothing to prove, no one to impress.  Just two people who knew didn't want to live without each other.  On a breezy, balmy evening at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, Jim and Marcia sealed their love with a ring and a kiss.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Anaeho'omalu Bay

A perfectly peaceful way to end a wonderful day -- at "A Bay" on Hawaii's Kohala Coast in the Waikoloa Resort.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sri Lanka

Such a brief visit to this beautiful island nation.  Lots of driving, lots of looking.  Not much "walk around" time to photograph the markets, the scenery, the kindness of the people, the speeding tuk-tuks. There were school girls in their crisp white uniforms walking along a path in a rice paddy.  Buddhist monks in their bright orange robes walking the sidewalks with cell phones in hand.  My car just sped along with me in the back seat looking at life going by.  

Just three very quick days, starting off with an incredible sunset view from our hotel window.  

Here's Bob and the first of the TV interviews the afternoon of his concert at Calvary Church in Colombo sponsored by CHRAFT:

A lady's livelihood - posing with her porcupines for a few rupees

En route from Colombo to Kandy, we stopped by the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.  Too cute!

And just before embarking on our 53 hour journey back to Hawaii, I dipped my toes in the Indian Ocean.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Dubai. A most modern Arabian city with a goal of having the "biggest of" in every possible category. Biggest mall, biggest hotel, biggest aquarium, biggest airport, biggest building, you get the idea.  With only 20% of indigenous population, the world has come to this most famous of the United Arab Emirates.

During our brief visit, Bob and I got to visit the Burj Khalifa. At 2716 feet (828 meters), the towering building can be seen from 60 miles (95 km) away.  The trip was complete with a quick ride to the 124th floor's "At The Top" observation deck.  It is situated right at the Dubai Mall, which is not only the world's largest, but is also the most beautiful I've ever been to.  Can't wait to return!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A visit to Idaho

My Daddy and his dear wife, Diana, have lived in Boise, Idaho for a number of years.  A few years ago, he moved to the Boise Veterans Home due to his advanced Alzheimer's disease.  In the entry hallway are photos of all the residents in their youth in their military attire.  It is so great to see how these men and women are honored by the staff who lovingly care for them.  A couple of times a year, I'm able to visit Daddy, and though he usually seems like he doesn't know me, and no longer speaks, I have to believe that somewhere deep down, he knows it's me.  This time, as I was leaving, he gave me that old, familiar loving look.  I told him "I love you, and I know you love me too".  And he looked me straight in the eye and said "Yes".  

My good friend, Brenda Mallaburn, also lives in the neighborhood.  We've been friends for years, and not only did our photo schools together, we also did a couple of very fun photo trips to Sydney, Australia and Fiji.  The autumn leaves of southern Idaho were putting on a grand display the end of October, so we took some time together and had a blast!