Big Island

I found myself wrapping the southern part of the island – it almost felt like a dance, driving during the golden part of the day and curving the south and eventually to the west, mesmerized by the color of the velvet sea laid out before me. The whipping wind created whitecaps that glistened in the late day sun.

The town I passed, Naha’alu brought great intrigue, lost in time and quite removed. A dilapitated art deco theater wrought with scaffolding, a church nearly engulfted by green rolling hills behind it and an old gas station with a sign that read southernmost town in the US.  Simple and sparse, not without it’s characters but slow and gentle in it’s pace. It drew me in and yet I needed to continue on since the journey to the last leg of my trip was imminent.

The sky darkened and the pink dusky hue vanished somewhere right around Captain Cook, and made  me realize the last swim I wanted to take along this side of the island wouldn’t happen.  Disappointed but also aware that I was immersed in the salty crystal clear sea for days just recently, I arrived to sleep one last night in the sultry air before heading back to the mainland. I wanted to take it all in, the final night walk under a bright 3/4 full moon.

I didn’t allow myself to take anything for granted in these last hours, days. I know that this climate and pace and open air life brings me a lot of contentment. And yet I feel the tug to go back home to Marin, to my routine, to my pup, my in-person work, re-connect with friends and drop back in with M and delight in the spring blooms….


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s