Safe from the Sea

The Pacific can get extremely rough along the Na Pali coast on the north side of Kauai, but the coastline is stunningly beautiful and there’s no way to get there except by sea. Hence, groups of kayakers will work their way across the uninhabited shore over the course of a few days. I think it would be an absolutely amazing trip and I was constantly on watch for kayakers while we flew overhead in the helicopter. The symmetry of this scene really caught my eye, with the implicit safety of the shade on one side and the pounding surf on the other, and the beached kayaks scattered in between.

Great Falls Kayak Class

It was a beautiful day in Great Falls, and except for a little rain, I can’t think of better weather to be climbing or kayaking. A few friends and I were busy doing the former, and when I wasn’t on the cliffs or belaying I jumped up onto some boulders overlooking the water to shoot whatever floated by. I got the impression that this group of kayakers was an instructor (on the right) taking advantage of this relatively placid spot to discuss technique with the other paddlers. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of balance in photo composition, and I really liked how the kayaks seemed to mirror the similarly sized chunk of rock sticking out of the water on the other side of the rapids.