Thursday, March 10, 2011

Majesty in Hawaiian Waters: Whale Watching

"Whale Tale" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

"Whale Sunset Breath" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

"Whale Back" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.
Beaches are fascinating places. They are oases of serenity, safe havens where we can feel safe enough to reach within ourselves and embark on a journey of self-discovery... Beaches are not only that, though. They are unique in more than one way because they offer us a... platform, a place from where we can safely rediscover not only ourselves, but also the simple, yet so complex Nature around us.

I had the unique opportunity to watch whales on their way from Hawaii to Alaska last year, in April-May, when I visited the Hawaiian Islands. I was on a boat trip, back from Lanai to Maui, when, around the sunset hour, within the peacefulness of the ocean, I could spot the black back or the white tail (the back of the tail) of a whale, until one of them blew out some air and water right into the sunset glow. I was glad I still had my long lens on the camera. It was one of these moments when I realized that my long lens wasn't really long enough...

Watching whales respecting them and their habitat... there are only a few things as miraculous as serene as this kind of experience. It happened to me only once before, in Provincetown, MA.

Hopefully next time I visit Hawaii I'll be able to enjoy these majestic animals again... and maybe spot some dolphins, too