Monday Photo Minimalism ~ Releasing Stones

In a wonderful Hawaiian book written by Pali Jae Lee and Koko Willis, Tales from the Night Rainbow, a story is included that I’d like to share here, hoping you won’t mind a bit wordier post than usual for the minimalism theme. It seems to connect with my subject matter here on Monday mornings.

“Each child born has at birth, a Bowl of perfect Light. If he tends his Light it will grow in strength and he can do all things – swim with the shark, fly with the birds, know and understand all things. If, however, he becomes envious or jealous he drops a stone into his Bowl of Light and some of the Light goes out. Light and the stone cannot hold the same space. If he continues to put stones in the Bowl of Light, the Light will go out and he will become a stone. A stone does not grow, nor does it move. If at any time he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down and the stones will fall away and the Light will grow once more.”

Release the stones. All manner of stones. Make room for your Light. See what’s important.



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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ Nature’s Design

Simple perfection in its mystery.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ A Photography Tour

A very good thing to do when in Hawaii is go on a photography tour with a guide who is a photographer. Along with the food tour the Sunday Traveler took on this most recent trip to Oahu, this photography tour with Blue Hawaii Photo Tours was incredibly rich in opportunities. The guide, and owner, Marie Turner, drove us to scenic spots and, the best part of this tour for me, was that Marie took me and my camera in hand and gave lessons and pointers for settings; after four years with this camera it became my bff. It was also very fortunate for me that there was only one other person on this all day tour with me, so we both got a lot of individualized attention. A day made in heaven!

I’ll just take you on a little tour of my own that took place over the ten days I was on the island; I also have been posting many photos over on Instagram, and I hope you’ll join me there as well.

In another life I hope to come back as a surfer

Or maybe just come back as a kid living in Hawaii playing in the water all day.

I’ll be revisiting my Oahu trip again with you, probably as Sunday Snapshots, after I return from another two-week adventure (happy face). In the meantime, you know where you can find me (Instagram). I come up for air there a lot, just like the Hawaiian Sea Turtle, or honu as they are called in Hawaii.

Aloha, and as always, thanks for traveling with me.



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Monday Photo Minimalism~Focus

Walking the path seeing the decay and crushed. Focus on the whole, the one thing that appears to call out to your eyes. Let all else recede.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Hawaii Food Tour

First day on the island and the Sunday Traveler took off on one of the best tours ever taken while traveling. Why had I not thought of a food tour before after all these years of coming to Hawaii? Hawaii Food Tours proved to be an excellent choice in revisiting the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, and eating a lot of the wonderful foods of the area in local establishments.

A group of nine got comfy in a van with our hosts, Matthew Gray and his partner in crime, Lin Kensington to get acquainted as we drove towards our first stop of the day. Matthew is a chef who started out in Los Angeles, and worked with some of the stars while there, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Pink Floyd are some of the names mentioned. My fellow touring partners were mostly from Australia, and were fun companions. Our first stop was at Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop where Lin jumped out of the van and picked up a preordered box of malasadas, a most delicious donut popular in Hawaii. We drove to Kaneohe Bay Lookout to eat these delectable treats, stretch our legs, and take some photos

Onward we motored farther into the North Shore for our second stop at the Waiahole Poi Factory for a traditional type feast of Hawaiian food, Kalua Pig, lomi salmon, hand-pounded poi, and pork lau lau, with a haupia/coconut dessert. The Sunday Traveler was so ecstatic wandering around the small factory, talking to my table mates, and enjoying the food, that a photo of said plates of food never happened. Oops; I think I was still on a sugar high from the malasada. Matthew and Lin got back in the kitchen at the poi factory to put our plates together; this was a great local place with authentic food

Completely happy we all jumped back into the van to head towards more of the North Shore, and more food. We were headed to Ted’s Bakery for Garlic Shrimp, a really big item all over the North Shore in restaurants and food trucks. The Sunday Traveler has had this dish from a food truck on past visits, but Ted’s Bakery version….oh my; as the Hawaiians say, it was ono (good/delicious)

What you see in the photo is a typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch, scoop of rice, scoop of mac salad, an entree; the garlic shrimp that I will be dreaming about until my return to the islands. Pie from Ted’s was purchased by Lin, and saved for our last stop of the day at the Waialua Sugar Mill to enjoy with coffee

Haupia Chocolate Cream Pie. And I’ll just leave you with that to think about. If you ever go to Oahu do not miss a tour with Hawaii Food Tours, they also have other tours in Honolulu, check out their website (link at top of post) to see what’s available.

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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ Lighting the Way

We don’t always need a spot light to find our way. Little bits of light are all that is needed some times to help us find our focus.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Floating

Nine days floating along with the tide and trade winds. I went where I was led by intuition most days, and discovered new places, new people, did new things; isn’t that what travel is all about?

I’ve just returned and have a camera full of photos that need to be worked on; the photo above is from a Waikiki beach where I watched sunsets every night, not one the same, all brilliantly glorious in different hues of color that leave one in awe of a universe that is so beautiful.



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The Sunday Traveler ~ Sunday Sunsets

Sunsets along the Carquinez Strait here in Northern California bring a bit of peace as the sun sinks into a fog bank farther out from the bridge. The sun that is still shining bright where the Sunday Traveler will find herself in a week’s time. A break will be taken from this weekly posting for a few weeks while I go discover new adventures. I’ll see you when I’m back on this side of the bridge again.

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Monday Minimalism on Tuesday

Lost in thought, he stands transfixed on the stairs. I pass him invisibly.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Adjusting the Speed

The Sunday Traveler is still kicking around the new home town, learning the ropes and finding the nooks and crannies where gems are hidden; some are out in plain sight. A lesson being learned to adjust my speed and savor it all on slow. The big boats speed by in a hurry to somewhere. We’ll all get there on fast or slow. I’m adjusting my speed.

Letting the wind carry me for now, knowing that travel will be soon.

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