Posts Tagged: pacific ocean

Honolulu, Day 1

American and United having a bit of a Race
Breakfast at LAX Breakfast at LAX Goodbye LA fog! Lovely blue sky, clouds, and ocean. Views from the taxi to the hotel Views from the taxi to the hotel Raining in Honolulu View from our Hotel Room Balcony Ala Moana Lagoon Diamond Head Mom and I on the beach in front of the Pink Hotel (Royal Hawaiian) Catamaran coming into shore Fabulous Ficus Tree: Bottom Fabulous Ficus Tree: Middle Fabulous Ficus Tree: Top St. Augustine's Catholic A-Frame Red Crested Cardinal The Remanents of the Garden at the Royal Hawaiian Orchids We called it the Red Lipstick Plant Fort DeRussy Tree A flock of Waxbill Finches

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Sun 05.17.09 – Here are my photos from our first day in Honolulu / Waikiki plus the travel to get there. I am here for Alex Hernandez and Paige McCormick’s wedding, when my mom and sister heard I was going they decided to come to Hawaii, too. Family Hernandez plus the wedding party are staying at a rented house on the North Shore of Oahu, and we are in Waikiki.
My favorite moments of the day involve birds: of the feathered and metal varieties. On the flight over, about half way through, I noticed out my window that a United Airlines plane was quite close to us, close enough to get a photo with my camera phone. Of course, I ran the GPS so that I could get an accurate geo-tag on ShoZu and then map it to Flickr. My idea of entertainment mid-flight when there is no wi-fi on board. Once we arrived, my Mom and I took a big walk (probably about 4 miles) down the length and breadth of Waikiki, and I was delighted by the lovely birds and flowers we encountered.
To end our long day of travel, we had an excellent dinner at the Bombay Indian Restaurant on Ala Moana Blvd. I would definitely go back. Tasty!

Washed Up Carnation and Seaweed Bulb at Low Tide

Carnation and Seaweed Bulb at Low Tide
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N79.

Tues. April 21, 2009 – Carnations are interesting flowers, in that depending on place and culture, they can be seen as cheap, throw away flowers of the industrial flower age or as a flower of celebration and history, or as flowers of ritual, time and place.
In California for most of my lifetime, they are the cheapest flowers that one can buy in a mixed bunch at the supermarket or on a busy street corner. To purchase carnations says that the buyer did not think, as well as the grocery store carnations smell bad in a clean sort of industrial way.
According to various sources online, carnations have a grand and long line as a meaningful and majestic flower through history. And last year, when I was in the south of India, they were everywhere and beautiful. Bright red and yellow carnations floating in big bowls of water, being strewn in the streets of Chennai by a funeral procession, or in the streets of Panaji as a shrine, used as the flowers in garlands for wedding and laced along gates & buildings, temples, and trees.
Given the context and color and look of the carnations in India, they did not convey cheap and industrial, but were lovely, sacred, and vibrant.
When I saw this typically modern American red & white carnation washed up in the intertidal zone of the beach today, instead of thinking of my not so great American carnation associations, I thought of the loveliness of the flower in India and its role in ritual.
I wondered who tossed it in the Pacific Ocean and for what life occasion. Then, with the diurnal ritual known as the tides, the Pacific brought it to the beach. And I photographed it.