I’m one of the lucky ones: I actually live in Paradise. Following my husband’s career in the Navy, we currently call Oahu, Hawaii—land of rainbows and sunshine, beaches and mountains—our home. And when the groups of visitors come marching through, I get to play tourist all over again. We hike up Diamond Head, snorkel in Hanauma Bay, and eat shave ice at Matsumoto’s. There are emotional trips to the Arizona Memorial and entertaining ones to the Macadamia Nut Farm.
But on a recent visit from my mom and college age daughter, I was reminded to look at our country community from a fresh perspective.
On the short drive to the beach, I pass through lovely farmland and a coffee plantation. Going to buy groceries leads to an awesome view of nearby mountain tops. Even returning from Honolulu to go back “mauka” (or towards the mountain), takes us past inspiring, untouched land. How amazing is that!
So now I make it a habit of going about my everyday living with a digital camera in hand. The beautiful, small photographic moments are just too wonderful to miss.