the ‘aina, the land, is alive and so was i
I tried to get down Kalepa Ridge this year but it was far, far too slippery for my taste after the recent storms. At one point early in the walk I reached a section where the path sloped downhill and was just mildly exposed but my enthusiasm vanished into thin air. I turned around without so much as a friendly debate about cowardice with myself and went someplace else and had a wonderful time so thank you very much. Nevertheless, here’s a view from last year’s walk down the path. Other than that section of slipperiness by the Cliffs of Death I just mentioned, it’s quite a pleasant stroll. There are unbelievable drop-offs throughout the entire walk so there’s a certain intensity of spirit for the timid but the scariness is never debilitating. Unless it has been raining. If it starts pouring (or has been) you may have some trouble on your hands.
Or it can be a sunny day and you can still have some major trouble on your hands if both of your quadriceps muscles inexplicably seize up with cramps like out-of-control, haywire electric transformers, in the middle of the walk. That happened to me last year. But that’s really a non-story for another day.
I shot this scene with a pretty shallow depth of field and I don’t think it translates here in the smaller size but I still like it enough for sharing. I edited the file a little with NIK Silver Efex, which sure is a nice program! For years I’ve wanted to try it especially for working on black and white images and finally I downloaded it for a trial, last week.