Gorgeous tropical sunsets are the stuff Hawaiian post cards are made of. The Kona and Kohala Coast of the Big Island offer some spectacular spots to watch the sun dip below the horizon and enjoy the last rays of the day. The lagoon at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel was my favorite sunset spot on my recent trip to the Aloha State.
Big Island Sunset Time-Lapse
I shot the sunset time lapse above using the Time-Lapse function on my iPhone 6s on the lagoon beach at the Fairmont Orchid, which is a popular gathering spot around sunset.
Last light off the Kohala Coast of the Big Island
After sunset, the Fairmont Orchid hotel offers stargazing opportunities for guests a few nights a week, with giant telescopes set up right on the property and an on-site astronomer.
Big Island sunset at the Fairmont Orchid
Sunset at the Coconut Grove
The Fairmont Orchid’s Coconut Grove is a popular choice for destination weddings on the Big Island. The scenery is pretty spectacular.
I just got back from a girls trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. I decided to document our trip using the Boomerang App from Instagram on my iPhone 6s (Boomerang is also available for Android users). The Boomerang app creates short videos from bursts of still photos. Below are some of my favorite Boomerangs from the trip to the Aloha state.
The Hulihee Palace in Kona was once a vacation home used by the Hawaiian royal family. Built in 1838, it is now a cool Victorian era museum with a great collection of Hawaiian artifacts and pictures. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside the palace, so I made this boomerang of the “hang loose” shaka symbol. The shaka symbol is used as greeting in Hawaiian culture.
The waters off the beach at the Fairmont Orchid are perfect for swimming, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. It’s a great snorkeling spot as well. The local fish and giant turtles (known as honu) happily share this portion of paradise.
The Beach Tree Bar and Lounge at the Four Seasons Hualalai is one of best spots on the Kailua-Kona Coast to take in the sunset and enjoy a meal with a view. The tuna crudo (ahi sashimi) with spicy aioli was both satisfying and light and paired perfectly with the tropical cocktails. I recommend trying The Green Flash made with Patrol Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime, cream of coconut, Genovese basil, and fresh jalapeno.
I stayed at the Fairmont Orchid. The hotel has a lovely beach and bay which is a great place to snorkel with the giant turtles, known locally as Honu. These yellow flags amongst the palm trees gave a real sense of being on vacation.
Much of the Big Island of Hawaii used for ranching, complete with cattle and cowboys. I met this furry local, a dog known for guarding cattle up in Waimea. If you’re in the area, try one of the locally sourced burgers at Village Burger. Located in an laid back strip mall, locals and visitors flock to Village Burger for their cooked to order Hawaii Big Island Beef Burger. I wasn’t even hungry and I could not resist the delicious smell wafting in the Hawaiian breeze.
For best results, Boomerangs are best viewed using the Instagram app. If you’re not yet following my Instagram, here’s a link.
A crumbling, abandoned house in Colfax, Washington
Driving around the Palouse region of Washington state, you’ll come across quite a few abandoned houses and old barns. Photographers visiting the area love these “zombie houses.”
Cloudlapse above an abandoned house in the Palouse
Some can be found right off the Palouse Scenic Byway and others are found by exploring the off-roads in the area. You can check the Palouse Photography Hot Spot Map for an idea of where abandoned houses can be found in the area, although some have fallen down since the map was drawn.
This abandoned granary was right off the highway
An owl and her owlet had taken up residence inside. Mama owl dive bombed if you got too close.
Green fields and an abandoned barn in the Palouse
While some of the houses are boarded up or have fallen completely down, some are left in a time capsule-like state of disrepair. Peek inside of a few and you’ll see 1950’s era wallpaper crumbling from the walls and a few leftover pieces of furniture.
This barn structure collapsed entirely
One abandoned farm house had a few beer cans scattered about, but none of them felt as though they had been trashed by vandals or occupied by squatters for long periods of time.
Peeling paint on the wall of an abandoned farm house in the Palouse
Photographing the abandoned houses and structures was a nice contrast to the farmland and agricultural structures the region is best known for.
Abandoned house still life in Colfax, Washington
Exterior of an abandoned farm house in the Palouse region
One of the abandoned houses of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington