Mat took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on Hawaii Island. Here’s the story behind how Mat got this photo:
I was admiring the beach and I had my big Canon D20 in my face not really looking around or paying attention to anything. (I was in my own world just taking pictures of everything.) I notice a sign that says something like “Don’t bug the turtles” and then all of a sudden I am being yelled at by friends and my wife to turn around because I was almost about to step on these two turtles …. everyone around was laughing and I felt stupid because you were suppose to stay away and give them their space and I was right on top of them … I moved quickly and turned around and took the shot. I will always remember that when I look at this picture.
Whoops! That was a close call!
Mat’s story reminds us of three significant points:
- It is important to take in and enjoy our surroundings outside of a camera lens from time to time.
- We all need to take note of caution and warning signs in Hawaii.
- Honu (sea turtles) are protected creatures. We are supposed to give them their space in the water and on the beaches. It’s recommended that you get no closer than 6 feet from a honu.
Mahalo for the lessons, Mat. We’re sure you meant no harm. We know how very easy it is to get distracted by the scenery.
Happy Aloha Friday!