It’s Pau Hana Friday due to Hurricane Iselle passing thru the neighborhood. “ No work til Monday!” Fortunately, just some wind and rain on Oahu. Reviewing photos from previous years, I came across this image I had taken of the outrigger canoes just off the beach. This time I saw the shark fin shadow cast by Kamehame Ridge in this afternoon light. I wonder if that caught my eye at the time without actually seeing it.
And Sometimes the Landing Sticks you.
That’s what’s about to happen to my friend as he brings his glider in for a landing. The upper right corner of the photo shows the ridge line which starts at this end of Oahu and runs up the spine of the island called the Koolau Mountains. Just around the corner is the spot on the ridge from which the pilots launch. It’s a great view at 1100 ft above Waimanalo Bay. Naturally, visitors find the thought of flying off the ridge intimidating. The launch is the easiest part. The pilot can choose the best moment to fly off the ridge. Landing is a different situation. Once you commit to land, you’ve got to adjust to the conditions as you find them. In this case, the glider had a little more forward momentum than my friend wanted. The glider is in a nose up stall position but it pulled him off his feet. Unfortunately, the stall is about to bring them both to an abrupt stop. Fortunately, neither was damaged.
I thought I’d post the panorama I created from some photos I took at sunset yesterday. I liked the quality of the light and how it highlighted the tops of the ridges sloping down to the water. This was hand held and each shot was in portrait. Trouble was I rushed one of my shots and it was slightly out of focus. Looking at the final product up close it stood out like a sore thumb! So don’t rush.
While taking the photos for this panorama, a hiker fell about 40 feet on the opposite side of Makapuu Point. I didn’t know that until the HFD showed up to stage the helicopter at the hang gliders LZ nearby. By then the clouds and rain enveloped Makapuu Point and HFD Rescue had to deal with that while picking up the injured hiker.
Hoping to get my first sunset of the new year,I was at the bay today. Instead I got some water sport action. Tourists enjoy getting towed around the bay on rubber rafts. Half the fun is whipping it around in such a tight turn the riders can’t stay on.
I wish you all a happy Christmas day. Mahalo to those who’ve followed me during the year.