Manoa Falls Trail in Hawaii

On the trail to Manoa Falls in Hawaii

We saw lots of natural growth on the trail to Mānoa Falls on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi during our June 2023 trip.

Looking at this photo, you would almost expect an Ewok to jump out from behind one of those trees. Or maybe Bigfoot. Except that everyone knows Bigfoot does not live in Hawaiʻi. And Ewoks are on Endor.

The overgrown tropical rainforest look of the trail was perfect for me. It definitely felt like an adventure when we were walking it. Although it does not look like it here, there were several other explorers out there on an adventure with us, too. But it was not overcrowded when we were there.

With the previous post of a Reelfoot Lake trail, you might think I have some sort of trail theme going on right now. But that was actually not planned out. After posting that last photo, I chose this one, not really thinking about them being similar. But we do like hiking on trails, so perhaps that is an ongoing theme around here, even if I do not constantly post trail photos.

You can read more about our Mānoa Falls visit in Day 5 of the trip report.

Something Different

One reason that I chose this photo to post is that it seems like I post lots of beach photos from our Hawaiʻi trip. But we did go other places besides the beach. It just happens that I love the beach, and I love beach photos. So here is something to show that we did more than just go to the beach while we were there.

It is good to have something that you like. But it is also good to have more than one thing that you like. Having multiple interests is better than being a “one-trick pony”. And it makes you a more interesting person to others, too.

I like lots of things. You can probably figure out what many of them are by browsing the posts here, while there may be others that I am not quite as vocal(typeful?) about.

Do the things you enjoy. And be willing to expand that list sometimes.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. - James 3:17

About the Photo

As with the previous photo, I used a bit of Orton effect processing to give this one a slightly dreamy glow. However, I did not use that quite to the same extreme on this photo as I did on the last one. Not that I think the previous one was overdone, but just that this look works better for this photo. Why try to make every photo look the same?

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 17, 2023
Location: Mānoa Falls, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi


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