Kaena Point Lifeguard Station in Hawaii

A lifeguard station on the beach at Kaʻena Point State Park on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi

A lifeguard station on the beach at Kaʻena Point State Park on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, as seen during our June 2023 Hawaiʻi Trip.

During our visit to Kaʻena Point, we happened to walk by the lifeguard station, which looked to me to be a good photo opportunity. For whatever reason, lifeguard stations are interesting to me, such as this one at Cocoa Beach, Florida and this one on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. In fact, the Kauaʻi station linked above looks very similar to this one, which would make sense as they are both part of the Hawaiʻi parks system.

I am thankful for those who are charged with saving lives, such as lifeguards. I hope I never need their services, but I am glad that they are there, just in case.

Hawaii Trip 2023


What frustrates you? As I am writing this, I am dealing with the frustration of our internet service being down. Hopefully, it will come back soon. Isn’t it interesting how much we take things for granted until they do not work? Of course, if you are reading this, either our main service came back up or I figured out something else, because how can I post this without using the internet?

Other things can be frustrating, too. People pulling out in front of you in traffic and then driving slowly, people talking loudly when they are not talking to you, things not working as they should, extreme temperatures in the weather, people writing pointless blog posts, and so on.

But then I wonder about the lifeguards in this lifeguard station. Maybe they get frustrated by people not following the rules and swimming when there are strong currents. Maybe they are frustrated by people getting injured because they swam near the rocks where the signs said there might be danger. And their frustrations probably come with bigger consequences than my frustrations, because theirs may involve life-or-death situations much more often than my frustrations do.

Often, it is all about perspective. And when I think about it, my frustrations are often small compared to those that others have to deal with. So I remind myself that I don’t have it that bad at all.

Keep your frustrations in perspective. And try not to be a frustration to others, too.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. - Romans 12:18

About the Photo

I intentionally gave this photo a slightly moody look. Most all of our photos from this trip have been bright and colorful, as we were blessed with beautiful weather for most of our trip. But for this photo, I chose to use more muted colors, just for something different. I like these tones, and I like the way the clouds look here.

This look actually took a bit more work than the standard color-saturated look, which probably explains why I used that look for the trip report photos. But the extra work was worth it. I actually used two programs for this look. Raw Therapee was for the main processing, and GIMP was used to get the brown overlay to look like I wanted it to look.

Just something to keep all the photos from looking the same around here.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 16, 2023
Location: Kaʻena Point State Park, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi


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