ABC Wednesday ~ T~ is for Trail

Wikipedia's definition of TRAIL is:
a thoroughfare with a rough beaten or dirt/stone surface used for travel. Trails may be for use only by walkers and in some places are the main access route to remote settlements. Some trails can also be used hiking, cycling, or cross-country skiing and less often for moving cattle herds and other livestock.

The last week of October, my daughter, her friend, and I took a vacation to Oahu, Hawaii.
Usually when I take a vacation, I plan out several things to do. This vacation was different.
Was it a planned vacation? Yes . . . and No.
Yes, in the sense that I knew that I would be taking a vacation at this time.
Hopefully, someplace warm with a beach.
No, in the sense that it would be Hawaii.
This was pretty much a "last minute" choice, booked 21 days before the date.
The deciding factor in choosing Hawaii:
My Niece and her family are stationed there. My Niece's husband is in the Army and will only be
there until the end on January.
Because it was just "us girls" I felt more comfortable going some place where I knew someone.
I wanted to be able to do things that the "locals" take part in.
One of "those" things? Hike to a waterfall . . .
Would we have done this trail if we knew what it entailed?

It started off pretty easy.

For a short time, the trail was fairly wide.

But sometimes, you could hardly tell where it was.

And most of the trail was fairly steep.

Of course there were times it evened out.

All in all the 1 &1/2 hour hike was well worth it.

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I heart faces| Scenic B&W

I have had this blog site on my favorite's list for some time now. However, this is my first photo entry.
My purpose is not to "win"something (although that would be WONDERFUL), my purpose is to get feedback ... on what I'm doing right ... on what I can improve on.

                         Sharks Beach,
                         Oahu, Hawaii

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Thematic Photographic 125 - Sepia

Another week ... another challenge...


To me, SEPIA shows . . .
a weathering . . .
a fading . . .
a place in time that has passed . . .

The days of summer are passed. The brilliant colors of summer have turned to the muted colors of winter. Here is but an echo of what once was.

Thanks to Carmi  and his blog at Written Inc for this weekly challenge


ABC Wednesday ... S is for SCHOOL SPIRIT




Do you remember having "School Spirit"? I was in high school in the 70's and what I remember about School Spirit was wearing our "School Colors" (navy and light blue) to sporting events and shaking small pompoms. And of course stomping on the bleachers.

Well ... "School Spirit" has come a looooooooonnggg way from that ... at least in the small town we live in now.
Now there is "SPIRIT WEEK"! A whole week to get involved, to have fun and of course to show your "SPIRIT".

"SPIRIT WEEK" is in October. It is the same week as Homecoming.
On Monday, well ... I'm told Monday is a LAME day and not too many participate ... so let's just move on to Tuesday.

Tuesday is "70's Day"
Apparently, everyone dressed in Tye-dye in the 70's.

Wednesday is "Class T-shirt day.
On this day you MUST wear a T-shirt that has the year you will graduate on it.
Each "CLASS" has a T-shirt made for this day that the students are able to purchase.
But some students make their own.

Thursday is "Class Color Day"
Each year, the "Classes"  Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors,  choose what color they will wear for this day. Seniors are always dressed in PINK.

Sophomore year PURPLE was the color of choice.

Junior year, ORANGE was the color of choice (Sophomores are BLUE)
And as always, PINK is the color of choice for Seniors.

Friday is "School Colors" Day.

Almost every student and every Faculty member in the school district wears the colors of the High School.
I LOVE this day!! I LOVE taking pictures on this day!
Here are a few of the reasons why ...


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Thematic Photographic~CANDID~ What might happen ...

when you have 3 "bored" teenage girls.

One day, this past Spring, I heard my daughter and some of her friends out in the yard. Wait ... let me rephrase that ... First they came in the house, got a small step ladder, took it outside and then I heard laughter. Here is the result of looking, me, out the window.

None of them had the slightest idea that they were being watched, let alone photographed
. . .
at least until a few months later when they got copies of the pictures as part of their Graduation  Gifts.


Thematic Photographic 124 - Candid

This week Carmi has chosen "Candid" as the Thematic Photographic theme.

 People photographed on candid shots either ignore or accept the close presence of the photographer's camera without posing. In some cases they may not even realize that they are being photographed.

My favorite "candid" photography is "sports photography". Yes, people may know I am there. They see me with camera in hand, but they aren't really sure about what I am taking photos of. They are not POSING, they are PARTICIPATING. I may or may not get eye contact. AND I may have to shoot 100 photos just to get a handful of engaging photos. But as a Photographer, isn't that what it is all about ... getting that 1 extraordinary photo.

Here are a few of my favorite "candid" shots.

Take a peek at more Candid Photos here.