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Meet Tim

Tim the Manta Ray

I’m no Jacques Cousteau, but for a brief while I felt as if I might have been. Gliding by just a few feet below me was a several-hundred-pound manta ray, his winged silhouette illuminated by bright lights shining down from the water’s surface.

Tim is one of numerous manta rays that come to feed in a cove off Hawaii’s Kona coast, one of the few places where you’re almost guaranteed a sighting. The ocean dwellers—whose wing spans generally range from three to twelve feet—know that a buffet awaits them there each evening. The lights in the water attract plankton, which in turn make a tasty meal for the manta rays—and great spying ground for snorkelers and divers.

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The argument I’m glad I lost

Black lava and green trees

Something Shannon neglected to mention in her awesome retelling of our Hawaiian lava trek is that we almost didn’t go. And had we not gone, I’d have been to blame.

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Swinging by the Seaside

Hawaiian Seaside Swing

Somewhere along the southern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island near Kalapana, we happened upon a lonesome swing in a cool section of coastal woods. Without much specific on our day’s agenda, we decided to hang out and keep it company for awhile.

Gorgeous Hawaiian Coast

Big Island Hawaiian Coast


Every once in a while I capture an image that makes me regret the layout of this blog. This is one of those photos that really deserves a larger format display. For what it’s worth, I left the image larger than normal so you can click on it and download a bigger version.

A Darker Shade of Black

Kaimu Black Sand Beach, Big Island Hawaii

One thing you soon realize while exploring a volcanic island like Hawaii is that black sand beaches are more the norm than the exception. The other thing you realize is that not all black sand is equally black. The younger, it turns out, the darker.

And sand doesn’t get much younger than the twenty-three-year-old variety found on Hawaii’s Kaimu Beach. It’s not often you get to walk on sand nearly half your age, but we did here.

Of course the word dark has more than one connotation and both of those meanings are applicable to Kaimu Beach. Not only is the sand black as night, but so too is the history of the place.

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