During my stay on the big island of Hawai’i the opportunity presented itself to tour the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation. The tour was a very pleasant way to the spend the morning and we had a very friendly and informative tour guide. A special thank you to the family that was on the tour with us and shared the meal they had paid for. Such generosity doesn’t go unappreciated.
Not being a coffee drinker in any serious fashion I was still pretty interested in the process, which is actually rather simpler than I imagined. I do imagine that a plantation like Mountain Thunder works a bit differently than some of the brands that take out national (and international) television adverts and such.
Chickens, dogs, and extremely laid back cats were in abundance.
As it was explained the process of picking the beans require a keen eye and deft fingers. Many workers fly in to the island at times of harvesting.
Before the drying and roasting process the coffee bean is rather unassuming. It also is quite sweet on the tonuge (but shouldn’t be swallowed).
Yesterday saw us hitting the road to explore a novelty of the island; Punalu’u Beach, singularly noted for the features of its black sand and the presence of Green Sea Turtles. Unfortunately, the turtles did not make an appearance during our time there.
I am in love with the big island. These days and nights of relaxation and pleasant idleness have made an indelible impression on me. If you, dear reader, have ever had the notion of visiting I urge you to act on it.
Of course I’m keeping pleasant company which makes a massive additional pleasure (Natasha, my love you increase my joy ten-fold).
A bit of food still life, to prove this blog is still alive.
Honestly, the reason for a lack of updates is that I have been very busy updating my catalog of prints that are available. Giving some much needed love to this aspect of my photography is long overdue.
Photography is at most times a solitary, self-interested activity; the time spent in contemplation of subject and technical considerations, the processing of taking a negative or digital file and making of it something that expresses the active urge that made the photographer press the shutter.
However, photography expresses, at it’s best, sentiments we all have, distills human experience into an artifact. To me that is an amazing thing, an important thing. To me that is the reason that every photographer who takes the craft seriously should be sharing, making their work available to others and taking in work by others. Of course, as with all points of view your mileage may vary.
As adults we lose something of the whole-hearted seriousness which children have at their play (and which F. Nietszche observed). It might be a little precious to say there’s something to learn from it, but I do think often that we are pulled in so many directions with responsibilities and other demands on our time that we can let the attention our passions deserve fall by the wayside. The struggle is to find a time and place for what feeds the soul among the hectic day-to-day.