Photo Post: Woman and Nature

by Gray Cargill on June 25, 2014

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For some reason, I keep coming back to this picture I took on Oahu. It was a clear, sunny day, and I was snapping dozens of photos at La’ie Point, including the rock formation with the hole punched through it by a tsunami, people fishing, the curve of the land, the waves crashing against the rocks on shore. I saw this woman out on the far end of a long, rocky peninsula, standing not far from the edge, staring down at the waves–a tiny figure against such a dramatic landscape.

All around me were tourists in pairs and clusters, picking their way carefully along the rocks so as not to stumble, cameras slung heavily around their necks. The fact that she was alone struck me. Because I’m a solo traveler, I notice when others are alone.

The picture above just captured the moment so perfectly for me. She had no camera in her hand, no hat on her head. She didn’t seem rushed like the tour groups. There was something childlike about her posture, the way she stood perfectly still for so long, with her arms hanging limply beside her, staring down into the waves, that to this day makes me wonder: What was she thinking?

Larry July 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Maybe the weight of a crisis was on her mind, maybe re-thinking her life …. or maybe she was just meditating amidst the sights and sounds of nature. As for the latter, I do stuff like that from time to time!

Gray Cargill July 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Could be, Larry. . .and so do I. There’s really no better place for introspection.

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren July 1, 2014 at 1:20 am

Lovely photo and definitely thought provoking. Looks like she was taking in her beautiful surroundings! I don’t blame her. Thanks for sharing!

Happy travels 🙂

Gray Cargill July 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

Nature can be pretty captivating, Lauren. Happy travels to you too!

Maria Falvey June 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Lovely shot and I often find myself stepping to the edge to take in surf, a road below or just to catch the wind against my skin. Ahhhh!

Gray Cargill June 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

Well, the view’s better closer to the edge, isn’t it, Maria?

Lisa June 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

“Look at how very blue the sea is”

Gray Cargill June 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

That may have been all she was thinking, Lisa. It certainly is very blue.

Marlys June 26, 2014 at 6:42 am

I hope you also saw her walk away. And she didn’t jump out there. Very pensive photo, though.

Gray Cargill June 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

I was wondering if someone was going to ask me that, Marlys. I didn’t see her walk away, I left first (was with a tour group, so I had to go). There were lots of other people around (just not out there with her), so I’m sure I would have heard about it in the news if she had.

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