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Turtle Spotting, Slow Motion Sunset Watching, And Gentle Nudges Full of Intention

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time.

Sometimes I need a gentle reminder to slow down for a bit. A gentle nudge on the shoulder telling me that my life isn’t a timed race to live. There is no one at a finish line waiting to give out medals to the person who went the fastest. I don’t need to be going 150 miles-per-hour all the time. Gentle reminders, like those I get when I see turtles like the ones I photographed below, remind me to live a more deliberate life full of intention and to create moments that are full of value.

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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2016

Traditions are a great thing to have and to keep. Photographing the first sunset of the year has become an Exploration: Hawaii tradition that I’ve kept going since 2013.

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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2015

I guess that if you do one thing enough times, it becomes a tradition. It has become a tradition for Exploration: Hawaii to capture the first Hawaiian sunset of every new year. In 2012, we said hello to the new year at Waimea Bay. In 2013, we found ourselves on an empty beach in Maile. In 2014, we caught a beautiful sunset at Ko Olina. And in 2015, we ushered in the new year by driving the farthest west that we could, to Keawaula Beach on the Waianae Coast.

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A Pokai Bay Sunset

It was one of those, “hey, let’s go shoot the sunset” kind of days. Of course, there’s no better place to catch the sunset on Oahu than the west side. You’re guaranteed a show from any beach along Oahu’s Leeward Coast, really. We chose Pokai Bay, with the hope that we would get to see one of those purple and pink cotton candy sunsets. It wasn’t meant to be. No complaints, though, as the sunset was spectacular nonetheless.

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A View of the Sunset from Queen’s Surf Beach

It’s called Queen’s Surf Beach because it used to be the site of Queen Liliuokalani’s personal beach house. Indeed, this Waikiki beach has a very rich history. On a lazy Wednesday, I plopped down on the beach with my good buddy Ryan, who was visiting from Boston. We set up shop at around 11am. We did take two breaks from the cool beach water for a quick lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and then a few hours later for Mai Tai’s and Blue Hawaii’s from Tiki’s Bar & Grill. We didn’t leave Waikiki till close to 8pm. I haven’t bummed out at the beach this long for a long time. I won’t lie, it felt good. Soaking up Hawaii is definitely good for the soul. Just remember to apply sunscreen first.

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Watching The Sunset At Waikiki Beach

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam Festival. The event featured twenty vendors serving a variety of foods made with the timeless meat in a can, SPAM. During the madness, I decided to take a break and check out the sunset on Waikiki Beach. Located next to the Cheesecake Factory is a little alley that’s lined with surfboards. The alley will lead you straight to the white sands of Waikiki Beach. I walked along the beach and watched as the sun began to set. It was quite a sight. And then I went back to eating SPAM.

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Turtle Spotting On A Lazy Saturday

Sometimes, it’s best to just take it easy. Of course, turtles know how to do that the best. Here are a few shots of a pair of lazy turtles, sunbathing to their heart’s content. They were both very photogenic.

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Shells In Macro

She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

Over the weekend I decided to go turtle spotting. Along the way, I found a handful of sea shells. I decided to use my Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens to see what kind of shots I could get. This is what I saw: