Circle of Life

by James Bokovoy November. 08, 2019 327 views
A collapsed lava tube collects water from the huge crashing surf as it flows over the lava shelf and back out to the ocean.

A collapsed lava tube collects water from the huge crashing surf as it flows over the lava shelf and back out to the ocean.

This rock that we live on, Planet Earth, is truly incredible! And this "Little Rock" out in the Pacific Ocean, known as "My Happy Place", "Kauai", "Freedom", "Paradise", "Heaven" and many other names, raises the bar! If you are willing to venture outside in a respectful manner, Mother Nature will reward your journeys. Go ahead, get outside, travel, explore, find adventure, leave places better than you found them and you will start filling life's treasure chest with riches unimagined by those that are unwilling. One morning, I ventured out before sunrise and met a great friend for an adventurous hike. We started the adventure bumping and sliding down those red, muddy backroads of Kauai hoping to reach our hiking point with plenty of time to make it to our final destination. My friend finally pulled off the road and parked his Toyota truck under a tree in true local boy style. We quickly jumped out, grabbed our gear and headed down the rocky path towards the ocean, praying that the morning light would be happen for us. We carefully made our way to the rocky shoreline, using our headlamps to light our way through the lava boulders strewn everywhere we looked. Finally, we arrived at our destination and carefully picked our shooting spots. Off with the backpacks, out with the tripods, we laughed, told stories and caught up on the local news as we set up our gear. The laughter and stories soon faded away as we attached cameras to tripods and refined the compositions that we envisioning. With such beauty before us we wanted to get it right. We keep a watchful eye on the rising swell to make sure that our gear would stay dry with the compositions that we had selected. Human legs and tripod legs would get soaked that morning, but that was just fine with us. We just didn't want us or the gear to take a bath. Whenever you are by the ocean you can never be too careful and never turn your back on the ocean, unless you have a spotter you trust with your life. As the swell continued rising, so did the morning sun, bringing a soft warm light to the scene. We started shooting and our conversation ebbed and flowed just like the water in front of our lenses. Occasional moments of laughter mixed with the salty ocean air and warm morning light as we created memories and images. We moved around the scene several times searching for unique and creative compositions. This image was created just before one of those moments laughter floated through the salty morning air. Laughter because the exploding wave frozen in time on the right hand side of the image shown in this post was not frozen at all. It was alive, powerful and moving rapidly to where I stood. It quickly surged over the flat lava shelf, pocketed with Puka's filling each one of them completely. It rushed towards me and my gear, filling me with questions about my recent compositional choices. As soon as I heard the shutter closed on my camera, I grabbed the tripod, pulling it high in the air. The wave swelled around my legs, almost reaching my waist, as I stood there holding my camera as high as I could, hoping not to slip into the salty water. The water swirled around me and so did my friend's laughter. He had retreated to a huge boulder and was safely looking down at my predicament. When the water levels retreated to acceptable levels, I just had to check the screen on the back of my camera to see if I had got the shot! Shouts of joy mixed with the laughter from my friend as soon as I saw this image on the screen. I hope it brings you joy as well. I was soaked, but throughly satisfied with my with my additional morning shower. Soon our camera batteries were low and memory cards full! We retreated to the truck and took that bumpy road back up the hill to Kilauea Bakery & Pizza a wonderful little bakery and coffee shop. We filled up on warm coffee and a tasty breakfast while we continued to fill our relationship with the memories that matter most. These were treasured moments in the circle of life. Friendship and aloha. Gotta love Kauai!

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 5 months ago

So impressive my friend in nani honua!

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Benny Law 1 year, 5 months ago

Great story and awesome shot, James!

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James Bokovoy Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 5 months ago

Mahalo :)

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Marsha 1 year, 5 months ago

Amazing! Photography can be such an adventure.

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James Bokovoy Replied to Marsha 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! Adventures await!

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