• Hawaiian Turtle

    Hawaiian green sea turtle swims near the surface of the water.

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    Every time I go to photograph underwater I realize how difficult it is. Everything is moving constantly, the light is always changing and not as bright, and whatever you swim towards swims away. Not to mention how hard it is to see the camera screen because of the reflection of the sun creating a mirror over the screen. Most of the time I find myself aiming in the direction of what I want to photograph and most of the time I either miss or crop the object in half. Then there are the times I get lucky.

    I was swimming around looking for turtles, but couldn’t find one. Instead I though to capture some patterns and sun rays when this turtle swam under me as if to say hello. The spot I was wasn’t very deep. I could stand up and have my head out of the water, so it was that much more exciting to have that close of a visitor. I followed her around for a little bit and then as sudden as she arrived, she was gone.

    The photograph I came away with is one where she came up for air a was slowly beginning to dive back down to feed. I love how the shell is reflected in the underside of the waves as they pass by.

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  • Gecko Smile

    A gecko smiles while sitting on a large leaf.


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  • This Isn’t Working

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    This image of a female Jackson Chameleon was overlooked a couple of years ago, but when I was digging out images for a project I came across it and brought it to life.

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  • Deep Sleep

    A sleeping Honu, turtle, on the dark lava rock of Anaehoomalu Bay. The absence of light reduced the shutter speed enough to give the waves more character.

  • Female Jackson Chameleon

    Amazing day!

    I have been looking for a Jackson Chameleon for so, so long. I was beginning to get frustrated because the rest of the family sees them all the time, but the moment I go to look for them I see nothing. Last weekend I spent a good portion of the day in a tree, waiting and waiting with no success. Well, today I just randomly walked outside, looked up in the tree I spent my weekend in and there starring at me was a female Jackson Chameleon. I couldn’t believe it. I am over joyed.

  • Hermit Crab

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] A ring flash opens up a whole world of expressive opportunities.[/title]


  • Heart Shaped Butterfly Wings

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Photography looking straight up at the blue sky [/title]


    Lying on my back on the cold hard tile, I gazed upward at some thing quite opposite. Swaying in the gentle breeze were the delicate flowers on top of the purple orchid tree as butterflies gracefully fluttered on and off each flower.  Nothing could be more serene and peaceful and so needed at this moment.

    At least a dozen butterflies were dancing around this tree and with the gentle breeze it was impossible to predict where they were going next. At the moment I would even think the butterfly was going to land or cross the sky where I thought, another butterfly would come and they would begin dancing around and then separate into different directions. That was the relaxing part of this morning, the waiting and watching.

  • Up For Air Honu

    I took a walk to a familiar place at Anaehoomalu to search for Honu, turtles. At the same resting spot there were four honu sleeping, however, there was also a gathering of people watching them sleep. Instead of being apart of the crowd I continued to walk on by. Instead I walked across a section of lava rock that jetted out toward the ocean. There I noticed a honu feeding below the surface. There I waited around 5 minutes for him to surface before I was able to shoot this image. Patience paid off.


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  • Old Turtle in Kiholo Bay

    Kiholo Bay was extremely windy the day I decided to go and enjoy this prized location on Hawaii, however, it was beautiful and offered it’s own unique counteraction to the weather. The wind rippling the surface of the vibrant turquoise water created a nice design by the distortion. I had to be careful though not to be taken off guard by the sudden gust of wind. Nearly pushing me off the rocks at times. I had to find a place to snorkel fast before one was chosen for me. A dark silhouette of a large turtle was the deciding factor for me and I readied myself to enter the water. As I went to enter the water the turtle was gone from sight. I proceeded with the hope that luck was on my side.

    The water was nothing I have ever seen before. The sandy bottom was stirred up and laid milky, preventing me from seeing anything past two feet. It was a rather eerie feeling. Especially when the turtle I was searching for began to rise up out of the fog below me nearly gave me a heart attack.

    I had never seen a turtle this big in Hawaii. It was almost as big as I am. I snapped this picture then decided to just observe and that was when I noticed two anomalies. The extremely large tail, which I wonder if this can determine their age.  The other was a shiny object under its front flipper. I couldn’t tell what this was until I was out of the water reviewing the pictures that I saw the fish hook tangled around the flipper. If only I was brave and knowledgeable enough to free it of this man made entanglement. This is just one small example of the effects that our trash has on other species.

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  • Lone Palm Honu

    Lone Palm. Between Kiholo bay and Waikoloa, traveling on HWY 19, there is a turn off with a single palm tree in the parking lot. Here is the start of a pathway that cuts through the treacherous A’A lava field that takes you to a black sand beach with a lone palm tree. Hence the name… Lone Palm. Here is where I have camped several times with my family and knew the reef was still alive and not yet destroyed by the presence of careless people.

    I am completely fascinated by turtles, Honu in Hawaiian, and was fortunate to find one swimming nearby. I think I followed him around for a good hour, photographing and watching his habits. As big and bulky as they seem they are quite graceful in the water. Gliding up and around the rocky shore. I shot this last photo of the turtle before leaving the water, which became one of my favorites of the day.

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  • Kahaluu Honu #3

    This Hawaiian turtle peers back at me as I photograph him swimming along the surface at Kahaluu beach park.

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  • Kahaluu Honu

    Snorkeling around Kahaluu in search of a turtle to photograph with no success, I just about gave up and headed back to shore, but then I spotted him… right underneath me.

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  • Sleeping Honu

    I came across this sleeping Honu, turtle, during a beach trip to Mahe’ula state beach park just north of the Kailua Kona, Big Island, airport. What grabbed me to photograph this sleeping honu was the colors of the lava rock it was resting on contrasted against the tattered colors of its shell. How beautiful is the deep volcanic reds against the blues of the same rocks found muted in the shell of the honu.

  • Manta Ray Night Snorkeling

    Last night, thanks to a friend of mine, I had an awesome opportunity to go snorkeling and watch the manta rays feed on plankton. What an awesome experience. Thank you John!

  • Gecko Shadow

    Such a cliche shot… I know, however, it was a shot I’ve always wanted. Being my first attempt I will be going after this shot again until I get the composition I’m looking for. This shot is tougher than I first imagined it would be, so my goal is set.