The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles. Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States on August 21, 1959. The state capital and Pearl Harbor are located on the island of O'ahu. We visited O'ahu and the big island of Hawai'i in 2006. In 2020 we made a return trip to the big island of Hawai'i. 

Many of those that visit our website know that Dora and I are friends with Steve and Beverly Rich and their extended family. Steve is a fellow photographer whose work I greatly admire. Recently we were contacted by Steve and Beverly's daughters, Jennifer Steller and Lauren Batte, to photograph their children as a surprise for Steve and Beverly. Dora and I traveled to Aiken, SC the following Saturday to spend the afternoon with Jennifer and Lauren, and their children, Hayden, Millie, and Mason.

Those of you that know Steve know that he photographs the three grandchildren every chance he gets. I wasn't quite sure how this was going to go but all three of the grandchildren really got into it. Each one contributed their ideas as to what would make a good photo and their ideas are incorporated into the photographs. I picked up a lot of wisdom from the Rich family grands. 

 

  

Rhapsody in seA  is our sailboat.  We have sailed this boat all over the Florida panhandle, the coast of Alabama, and Charleston, SC. Whether for a day sail, anchoring in a cove for an overnight stay, or an extended cruise we always enjoy our time on this boat.

The name comes from the music work, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a Theme is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra. The work is part of a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini's Caprices for solo violin. Most of the variations are in A minor, which is the reason for the upper case "A" in name of the boat, Rhapsody in seA. The 18th variation is well known. You may remember the piece from the movie "Somewhere in Time". Music played on this page is licensed for use on c22sail.com.

 

Inseparable

We have lived a lifetime together, Dora and I. We have shared joy and grief, happiness and sadness, pain and relief. We have shared great adventures along the way. We have dove in the depths of the ocean and sailed on high seas. We have lived and traveled throughout the United States, somehow finding our way to all 50 states. We have climbed mountains, camped in the snow, stayed up all night to watch the Milky Way rise and set, and view Andromeda pass overhead. We have crossed oceans and stood where kings and would be kings have stood. We have braved the Arctic winter to see the Northern Lights and walk in the footsteps of Vikings. 

Whether it is near our home or a faraway place we are always on the lookout for beauty given to us by the hand of God, the design of nature, and the creativity of man. It is hoped our photographs and adventure will somehow inspire you to find your own spirit of exploration and adventure.

We have shared a lifetime together, Dora and I. The journey and the adventure has just begun.

Photo used with permission and courtesy of Steve Rich

Recently Dora and I added this Casita travel trailer to our arsenal of exploration and adventure opportunities. We will be posting more information and adventures in the coming months.

"Follow your own path and let it lead you where your heart wants you to go."

Recently our path took us above the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. February might seem a curious time to travel to the Arctic, however; this time of year provides excellent photographic opportunity. The sun stays low on the horizon throughout the day, making for extended sunrises and sunsets. The low angle of the sun also makes for excellent light all day. Views of the Northern Lights this time of year are spectacular. The climate in Lofoten is influenced by the Gulf Stream and it stays warmer than one might expect. Properly dressed in layers and temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 degrees F it was an enjoyable trip. Weather changed constantly. It is the Arctic so be prepared for cold temperature, high winds, rain, snow, and ice. We experienced 40 mph plus winds from time-to-time. One day it might rain and the next snow. It all depended on a degree or two of temperature change. 

A Little Bit of Heaven

Sure a little bit of Heaven fell from out the sky one day
and it nestled in the ocean in a place so far away
and when the angels found it sure it looked so sweet and fair
they said suppose we leave it for it looks so peaceful there

So they sprinkled it with stardust just to make the shamrocks grow
it's the only place you'll find them no matter where you go
then they darted it with silver just to make the lakes look grand
and when they had it finsihed sure they called it Ireland

by J. Keirn Brennan and Ernest R. Ball

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . ."

The book of Genesis provides the basis for a beautiful story of when the earth was new. The Genesis Photographic Essay presented here is based on the King James version of the Bible, Genesis 1:1-2:3. This essay has been an ongoing project of Ted's since 1968. At that time Ted presented an essay consisting of 7 photographs as a high school project in a contemporary arts class. Sadly, the original essay has long ago vanished. Photographs in this book are the result of years of photography, taken between 1972 and 2018.

We recently returned from Aiken, SC. One of the events we go to Aiken for is the Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Aiken. The war was essentially over, however; this was an important battle to the south. Sherman's forces had completed its march through Georgia and was turning their attention to South Carolina. Confederate soldiers engaged the Union army in Aiken and managed to score a minor victory, saving Aiken from destruction. 

Dora and I were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for four years, beginning in 1973. Our daughter, Karen, was born there. Cuba was under an economic embargo by the United States and so we were restricted to the base. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in 1961 by President Eisenhower. The U.S. embassy in Havana was closed and Guantanamo Bay was isolated. We could take R&R trips to Haiti, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and other Caribbean locations but we never got to know any of Cuba, save what we experienced on the base. Over the years we would catch a glimpse through some story in a magazine or newspaper but we never thought the opportunity to return would present itself. Fast forward 54 years to August 14, 2015 when Secretary of State, John Kerry, travelled to Havana to reopen the embassy. Suddenly Americans could once again visit the beautiful island of Cuba. 

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