Orange clouds above and the endless ocean below, an outrigger canoe (wa’a) cruises on calm waters in a tunnel of light. Below the paddlers, the surface appears as flames surrounding the boat.
Classic Hawaii sunset.
From the Photographer:
“When I stepped outside this evening, I almost left the camera at home. It was gray and overcast, and didn’t look like much would happen. I was at an event in Waikiki, and when the sun slipped over the horizon, it was still gray. Moments later, however, the sky began to burn and as I moved to the water, this outrigger canoe paddled into the frame giving me one of my favorite Hawaiian photos.”
It just goes to show that even gray days can be spectacular.
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