Yesterday afternoon, we went kayaking inside the reef at 'Anini on Kauai's north shore. As the sun slanted in the western sky and the light grew heavy, I felt something inside me shift. Instead of enjoying the conversation with our friends Charlie and Susan as I had been for a few hours, I wanted my camera--my Big Girl Camera. I wanted my tripod. I wanted to bracket some exposures and process them in high dynamic range.
This month's review of images made me realize something: The only time I held my Canon DSLR in my hands was to take pictures of Kauai's newest Hawaiian monk seal pup and his mother. And what an experience that was. The first of these images was taken when the pup was less than 24 hours. The last when he was three weeks. During that time, he went for his first swim. He put on three to five pounds of weight per day. His teeth started to fill the empty sockets in his mouth. And the black baby hair with which he was born began falling out, replaced by a beautiful coat of silver on his dorsal (back) and creamy white on his ventral (belly). In another week or so, starvation will force his mother to the sea to replenish the fat stores she's lost over the past month. At that time, the fat, roll-polly pup will be weaned and start foraging for solid food.
This morning, Kauai's second Hawaiian monk seal pup was born. You know what that means, right? June will bring more of the same when it comes to my photography.
I hope you like Hawaiian monk seals. Or, at least, pictures of them. Do you?