Hidden Mala

 This is our first post using fotojournal, first post of many that is! We have all heard that pictures are worth a thousand words, and as a photographer you hope that your images capture that moment when all the elements come together and don’t really need to be explained. Finding a blog hosting site that allows for high quality images to be displayed for all to see makes it a little easier to post and explain a little bit about why we love these photos so much. Through photography we have learned that the flora and fauna have a story to tell, of course we may not know the exact story, we can still try to provide a little insight and information about our subjects in the images to our audience! That is what Ocean Allies is all about, education through photography. We hope that our images and information can help protect the environment and all that lives within it. Knowing what is around is so important and in order for conservation and protection to happen we must understand why we need to protect the environment. Living in Hawaii everyday we are surprised by the wildlife that surrounds us, the hidden gems that you may not always notice due to the everyday hustle and bustle that surrounds us (yes even in Hawaii :). When you read our blog and look at our images hopefully you can find a quite, peaceful place where you can sit back and really take in the beauty that is in our lives everyday, we just have to take time to find it! 

Upload from July 13, 2012This summer has presented us with some out of the ordinary strong trade winds, making it hard to be out on the ocean or really out in nature period. However, yesterday and today were perfect fair winds. We decided to get out on the kayak and see what mother nature had to offer us. It is ironic actually that where we snorkeled today Mala Landing, was destroyed in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki. The reason that is ironic is because we currently have three strong weather systems slowly moving towards the Hawaiian Islands. Luckily for us here the water temperature is about 78 degrees, hurricanes needs about 80 degrees to progress. So we were spared today at Mala, but the landing wasn’t so lucky 20 years ago. The pier sunk and created this beautiful habitat of concrete pilings and rebar, where coral and other organisms have now moved in and taken over. Another visitor as you can see below are the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles or ‘Honu’ which like to sit motionless resting on the concrete pilings. It is illegal to touch a turtle out here, and boy have we had the opportunity but we can honestly say we have held out! It is hard though because when you look at these prehistoric creatures who have survived 5 major extinctions of other species, you have to wonder what are their secrets? How are they still here and what can we learn from turtles? These are just a few of the photos from today. We hope you enjoy! Please check back for new postings! Thank you for your support of Ocean Allies.


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