Tuffy the Toro has been one of Tucsons baseball mascots for as long as I can remember. He entertained the crowds at Hi Corbet field when the Tucson Toros were the AAA team for the Houston Astros when I first attended a Toros game. He even visited Tucson Electric Park and helped Sammy Sidewinder entertain crowds at Tucson Sidewinder games before they left town. It must get pretty hot inside that head on a warm summer evening.... This image was taken at 186mm focal length with an exposure of 1/160 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 800.
After my return from Kaua'i, I went to a Tucson Toros baseball game and found this Apache helicopter parked out in center field. Before the game and after the National Anthem, the helicopter took off an dleft the park. Here it is climbing from the field. This image was taken at 86mm focal length with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 800.
We watched the waves crash into the shore at Spouting Horn, this view is along the coastline to the west. It was quite spectacular, but it was time to head home.... This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/100 seconds at f/6.3, ISO 400.
As Spouting Horn's last burst floats away on the wind on the left, a smaller version bursts into the air over on the right in this fisheye view of the rocks around Spouting Horn on Kaua'i. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/160 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 400.
I'd been planning to visit Spouting Horn for the whole 2 weeks I was on Kaua'i, but we kept putting it off. I'd missed Spouting Horn a decade ago the first time I visited, so I had to get here. So, around sunset of the last day on Kaua'i, just before heading for the airport, we finally made it. And I wasn't disappointed. Spouting Horn is basically just a hole in the lava rocks where the crashing surf flows through the hole or really tunnel and then jets up into the sky. Really cool! There are some mini versions of the same all around this particular area as well as what might have been a similar feature in the past which has eroded to a larger opening off to the left of the geyser you see in this picture, near the left edge of this image. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/6.3, ISO 400.
This segment of the Kaua'i bike path runs 4.1 miles in length from Kapaa to the trails end up past Donkey Beach. Another 2.5 mile segment is a few miles south and will eventually be connected and several other segments and paths are on the drawing board. It will be really nice some day. This segment along the coast in Kapaa is quite pretty as it passes stands of palm trees and several beaches on the ocean side and there are several hotels and other businesses inland not far off the path. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100 with a circular polarizer.
I sure wouldn't want to try to swim in those waves crashing into the lava rocks. The Hawaiian islands rarely let you forget that you are on a volcanic island. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/1000 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100 with a circular polarizer.
We rode our bikes down the multi-use path along the ocean, stopping to view the scenery along the way until we abruptly came to the end. According to the guidebook the bike route was supposed to be 9 miles long yet we hit the end after only about 3 miles just beyond this secluded and rather empty beach. Only much later did I find out this was the "famous" former nude beach called "Donkey Beach". We didn't have time to wander down to it but stopped long enough above the beach to enjoy this view. Apparently, the relatively new owners of the land behind the beach have hired security guards to keep nudists off this beach. The bike route is supposed to be connected and extended in the coming years. It would be great to take a 10 or 20 mile bike ride on well maintained bike paths with views like this and access to the many beaches and picnic areas along the way. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/1000 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100 with a circular polarizer.
I almost didn't notice her when I first looked at this image - can you spot the woman hunting for shells? This image was taken during a bike ride on my last day on Kaua'i. We followed a bike/pedestrian trail from the town of Kapaa to its end and it offered many spectacular views of the ocean like this one. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/640 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100.
On my last day on Kaua'i, I dropped my daughter off at work and then stopped for a walk along the beach near Fort Elizabeth not far from Waimea. The water was pretty muddy being near the mouth of the Waimea river, but the waves and early morning light was very pretty. This image was taken at 43mm focal length with an exposure of 1/250 seconds at f/5, ISO 100.
Although the clouds mostly blocked the view, it was obvious that the mountains southwest of Hanalie Bay could be a spectacular sight. The pier here appears to be used mostly for walking out into the bay a little ways but I bet the fishing might be good there as well. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/125 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.
Hanalie Bay is obviously a very popular anchorage for small boats. The north shore of Kaua'i gets lots more rain than much of the rest of the coastline which makes it much greener and probably more attractive to visitors. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/125 seconds at f/8, ISO 100, with a circular polarizer.
Next time you hear "Puff the Magic Dragon" on the radio, here's where the Puff apparently lived.... Hanalei Bay is on the north shore of Kaua'i not too far from the end of the road. This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.
You can drive clockwise or counterclockwise around Kaua'i until you get to the end of the road at the east or southwest edge of the Na Pali coast where rugged cliffs I've posted pictures of earlier prevent roads from connecting the circumferential highway. On the counterclockwise drive, the end of the road leads to Ke-e Beach which sits behind a nice reef that makes this a good place for some snorkeling or, like most beaches in Hawaii, for lounging around on the sand enjoying anything from nothing to reading to getting a good sunburn. This image was taken with my 24mm lens with an exposure of 1/80 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.
After a barbeque on Salt Pond Beach, the group sat around the campfire on the beach. It was nice and quiet except for the talk and the waves! A few clouds kept the stars from being spectacular (once we put the fire out...). This image was taken with my 10mm fisheye lens with an exposure of 1/80 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 800.
The Salt Pond Beach next to Port Allen is popular amonst the locals for viewing sunsets and beach side barbeques. We did both on this particular evening. There wasn't much swimming here, though. This image was taken at 70mm focal length with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/8, ISO 400.
Here's a view around sunset of the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge in Hanapepe, Kaua'i a short walk from where my daughter lives. This image was taken at 21mm focal length with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 400.