The first time we went to Tower Hill in Victoria, Australia, I was just starting to get into photography. We went in the middle of the day, and the critters were few and far between. Since then, my technique has improved, and this time we went at dusk, when they were really active. There was a flock (herd?) of emu wandering around near the parking lot, so I had time to practice shooting – trying to get the focus on the eye. For some reason, they just wouldn’t hold still long enough, but this one gave me a couple of chances.
We set out from Valdez for a day-long cruise into Prince William Sound on the Lulu Belle (highly recommended if you’re there). It was a beautiful day, crisp and cold – just like how I enjoy July, when we came upon these guys sunning themselves on a classic “Alaskan Beach”. They looked at the crazy humans bundled up, then just rolled over and dived into the brisk water.
As I started getting more serious about taking photographs, I started geotagging them so I could both return to the site and remember where it was! This image is from somewhere on the North shore of Oahu. As I recall there’d been a rainstorm that morning, and the waters were turbulent and muddy. The flower perfectly captured that trip – life was turbulent, yet the time in Hawaii was completely relaxed and serene.