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Today we spend some time on the beach! Yes, those folks over at Let’s Be Wild have chosen this as this weeks subject! They are correct when they say that beaches come in all shapes and sizes and textures as you will see! Ready to go?

On the island of Hawai’i the island is mostly surrounded with black lava. Interspersed with the lava one does come across light colored sand that makes for an interesting contrast!

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai'i

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai’i

On the southern coast we had to stop to see this amazing black sand beach! Just in case you did not know, the black sand sticks to your feet a bit more than just a regular beach! The colors in the water is dark due to the lava beds beneath the surface.

The Black Sand Beach on the Island of Hawai'i

The Black Sand Beach on the Island of Hawai’i

At the northern end of the island we stopped at Spencer Beach. This beach is quite a contrast to the black sand beach with the waters gleaming in an array of greens and blues! The rocks in the foreground are one of the many fishing traps made by King Kamehameha’s people.

Spencer Beach

Spencer Beach

Here is a close up shot of the sand on the beach were we stayed in Kailua-Kona. If you look closely you will notice sea shells and broken pieces of coral!

What makes up the beach where we stayed

What makes up the beach where we stayed

One of the local birds stopped to take a rest on the beach. With the rough sand this bird still looked comfortable!

A bird resting on the beach

A bird resting on the beach

Heading to Cabo San Lucas, the beach in this photo can only be reached by boat!

The beach at Cabo San Lucas

The beach at Cabo San Lucas

There are long stretches of beach there which this photo shows!

Another beach at Cabo

Another beach at Cabo

Down in Puerto Vallarta many streams run off from the mountains and find their way to the ocean. We came across many of these and here is a shot of one of the folks with me jumping the stream!

Jumping a stream on the beach at Puerta Vallarta

Jumping a stream on the beach at Puerta Vallarta

In my own backyard is South Lake Tahoe. In the area of Emerald Bay is the Vikings Holm which has a huge expanse of beach between the house and the water. Here is a winter shot of that beach covered in snow! There were some adventurous folks who made the treacherous trip down the mountain to get to this beach for a walk!

A snow covered beach

A snow covered beach

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I hope you enjoyed spending some time on the beach with me! Now go out and have a lovely Thursday and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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We headed out to the northern end of the Island of Hawaii.  No particular destination other than where the wind would blow us!  We turned off where the sign indicated there was a National Park.  We pulled up to the parking lot and noticed that folks were camping and getting out of the car, we suffered through major winds we headed down towards to the beach.  Wind speeds here were between 30-40 miles per hour. But we fought the wind to where we found Spencer Beach, which is located right below Pu’ukohola Heiau National Park.    We had been to this park before, but were drawn to the water, not only by what we saw, but the wind was tossing us in every direction and blew us down to the beach.

A view from Spencer Beach Park

The colors of the water: Magnificent!

Just north of Spencer Beach

This beach is below another compound of King Kamehameha. Fish traps were built to capture the fish in a cove like structure that allowed the fish to swim in at high tide, but unable to swim out at low tide. The one here is a bit filled up with sand, but this would have been cleared out to lower the depth of the trap. The trap is the rock structure.

Another view of Spencer Beach with a fish trap

Little golden birds were everywhere, and they flitted here and there in the trees, being so illusive that I did not think that I captured this shot.

Native Bird

I took one last look back at the ocean.

Layers in the ocean

We turned to leave to head onward to Hawi, and the roots of a tree caught my eye.

Tree trunk at Spencer Beach

You can almost see a face! The trees grew parallel to the beach before rising to the 40 foot heights that they achieve! We are getting back into the car and heading on still to Pololu and Hawi!

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