Posted by: kerryl29 | September 9, 2019

Flipping the Switch

It’s been a year since my last extended photo trip–the well-documented journey to the interior of Alaska.  On September 10 I will board a plane for Hawaii, the prelude to nearly two weeks in the islands (specifically Kauai and Maui).  This trip has been long in the planning; I booked the reservations back in February.  That, of course, was months in advance of the series of events that has dominated this year for me–the relocation from Indianapolis to the Houston area.  This relocation process–which still isn’t complete–has been a miserable experience.  (I will not bore anyone with the details here.)  And the fact that the relocation isn’t complete, four months after it began, forms the crucible:  can I put this process out of my mind while gone and concentrate on photography?

Sunset, Coral Cove Park, Palm Beach County, Florida

The answer is:  I don’t know.  I hope so.  I have traditionally been able to compartmentalize sufficiently well to thoroughly turn myself over to the task at hand:  photography.  But I haven’t faced quite this kind of a test in the past.  It has occurred to me that the visual stimulus–I’ve been to Hawaii before, on two occasions, four decades ago, so I have some idea of what to expect–may be so overwhelming that I will lose myself in it, as I frequently do.  But, as I stated, I haven’t had to overcome anything quite like this in the past, either.

And I know that if I can’t concentrate fully on what I’m doing, if I can’t “put myself in the zone,” I’ll just flail around aimlessly.  At its heart, landscape photography is about seeing and if I’m distracted, I won’t be able to see in the field the way I want to.

Pacific Coast, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

And so, I will hope for the best even as I dread the possibility of the worst.  I should know within a couple of days on the ground in Hawaii how this will go.  Here’s hoping…

In the meantime, I plan to prepare a couple of posts in advance that I hope to upload here while I’m gone.  But if nothing gets posted until late September, you now know why.  I’ll “see” everyone in a few weeks.

Pompton Lake Intimate, Terhune Memorial Park, Passaic County, New Jersey


  1. Wishing you the best.

    • Thanks, Jane!

  2. I, too, hope all the best for you on this trip that has been so long in the planning. It will be an opportunity to leave the chaos of the last few months behind and immerse yourself in your photography. We all look forward to seeing the Hawaiian landscape through your skilled eyes.

    • Thanks very much, Ellen!

  3. Hope all turns out well. Always looking forward to your excellent imaging and side stories. Oh, and I was surprised to see Terhune Park, in Pompton Lakes, as I’ve spent many many hours there over the years, usually with one of our dogs. M 🙂

  4. Have fun, Kerry….and bring us lots of treasures!

    • Thanks, Scott. I’m attempting to do so right now. 🙂

  5. So gorgeous! Hawaii is such a great place to get grounded and remember the importance of being present. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks very much!

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  7. Love the Pompton Lake Intimate!

    • Thanks!

    • Thanks very much!

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