Always be prepared. Isn't that the Boy Scout motto? The day I shot this lighthouse I have to admit that I was not prepared. We will get to that in a bit.
Oahu is a pretty island but not one of my favorite places. Any place where you are more than likely to get caught in traffic than at home is not a place I like to visit on vacation. Anyway, enough of that. One day, while staying on Oahu, we were headed to the south east tip to a place called Makapuu. I had read about a lighthouse and thought it might be pretty enough for a shot or two. The road gradually became less travelled as we got closer. I think most people just don't take the time to head that far out of the way....or, they got caught in a traffic jam.
As we walked toward the lighthouse, the ocean was on our right (and I do mean directly on our right...like a steep drop into the ocean battering against a cliff on our right.) It was beautiful. At a point in the road where the ocean had carved a little inlet, I looked down to see two whales directly below me. It was a baby and what seemed to be mom or dad. They were right there below us. Guess what shot I missed that day? You got it...no whales were snapped because my camera was still in the backpack on my back. Mistake. In fact, a mistake that I hope to never make again. They swam away as quickly as the regret entered my mind.
All was not lost. The lighthouse was beautiful.