Monday, January 9, 2012

Watching Whales

Sunday afternoon was perfect for whale watching. The sea was winter-calm, deep blue. Any signs of white against the blue were almost definitely the flurry of a whale. We sat at a distance from the main beach - crowded, cramped - where we would only feel like intruders on other people's vacations. The clatter of the crowd was muffled before a buttery sea breeze, and flowed together with the rhythm of the ocean breaking on the rocks beneath us. A warm sun shared its warmth without pain, and the afternoon sank away as we watched the whales spouting off the coast. 

The whales are humpbacks from the northern seas. They travel here every winter to give birth to their young in the shallow warm waters of the Hawaiian islands. And we can only watch from the shore or from a boat, catching a glimpse now and then of a fin, a tail - only a fraction of these massive creatures. 

Once in a while, one of the whales will breach - fling itself headlong out of the sea toward the sky. For a moment, it is almost completely in the air where it cannot breathe, then the humpback comes crashing back down to to the water with a cannonball tidal-wave. You are blessed to be a witness to such a feat, much more to catch a rare shot with a camera.


  1. Great that you captured this moment. I've tried to in my past of the planet but as yet unsuccessful.
    Carolyn xx

  2. I am so very jealous right now. I would love to go whale watching and see these majestic creatures with my own eyes. Your photos are beautiful Rose and thank you so much for sharing.

  3. It must be magical (and unforgettable) if you see one of these huge whales jump!! But even to just catch a glimpse would be awesome!

  4. Just signed up as your latest follower! We often see whales swimming past our local beaches & it never ceases to excite me like a little kid!
    Just got back from my summer holiday so Happy New Year & all the best for 2012!

  5. Oh, your blog is so lovely!

    I just wanted to thank you so much for leaving the sweet little note in my garden walk...I really appreciate it!!!

    come stop for tea @


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