My family was walking and bike riding home from the supermarket in Grace Bay. Truthfully I was rushing as fast as possible (not always easy with three woman and retail stores) to get back to the beach to capture a spectacular sunset. Never did make it but I was not going to allow that to stop me from finding something to photograph. I darkened the lower portion of this image because it was a field with junk in it. The result was a very spiritual image with rays of sunshine bursting from behind the seemingly boring tree. Just need to look around and take it all in!!
People familiar with my work refer to this image as my Ansel Adams photograph. His art has inspired every photographer and I can only imagine what he would think about todays camera technology.
What unfolds as you travel the Fjords of Norway, is a fantastic vision of water and rock. Fjords were carved by a massive sheet of ice that covered Northern Europe in a succession of ice ages. A Fjord has steep land on three sides. If the geological formation is wider than it is long, it is not a fjord. Then it is a bay or cove.
Years ago I asked a seasoned cruise ship captain where is the most beautiful place he had ever sailed. He declared without delay, "the Norwegian Fjords." And so began my journey to cruise the Fjords.
The Fløibanen funicular in Bergen leads to the top of a mountain with the most spectacular views of Norway. They say on sunny days there is nothing quite like sitting on the steps of Mount Fløyen with a melting ice cream in your hand while you try to pin point the sights you will check out later. On a rainy summer day this is what you get. Trees that are seemingly from a fairytale and they appear to be capable of uprooting and marching up the mountain to fight a mythical battle. I will take the rain and fog anyway to see this once in a lifetime emerald forest of Norwegian Wood.
Every night in Kona the sunsets quickly. Its not like Scandinavia or Canada where the sun takes hours to go down. In Hawaii the sun drops like an orange marble into the ocean. This tree provided the perfect subject to an already spectacular apricot glow over the pacific. This is how I imagine the sunset will look in Africa.