The Na Pali Coast on the north shore of Kaua’i is ruggedly beautiful, with towering cliffs, beautiful beaches and waterfalls which plummet to the valley floor. The ocean can be fierce along the coast, with waves which crash into the mountains with so much force that they erupt into the air and race back into the next incoming wave, colliding forty feet from the shore. I had planned to capture sunset this evening, but what appeared before me was magical.
The uneven rocks where I stood with my camera shook as waves pummeled the shoreline, salt water splashing up over my feet and tripod. I shot for an hour, capturing close to 600 images. Illuminated by the brilliant golden sunset, the last image I captured revealed a jade green sea dragon’s head rising from the water for an ephemeral moment, vanishing as quickly as it appeared. I call this image Kanaloa, the Hawaiian God of the Ocean who appeared for a split second, and finding humans lacking, dove back into his kingdom.
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