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Overlooked Photos of 2020 #8: The Tourists

Photo taken in Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii — March 1, 2020

The famous waterfall never stood a chance.

Despite a gentle, misty rain, the tourists descended in hordes, intent on capturing that one special photo of Akaka Falls — the one different than the million photos other tourists had taken of the waterfall. To a returning visitor the falls looked exactly the same as they had years ago — 442 feet tall, plunging over a mossy cliff straight into a gorge filled with greenery. Though admittedly (to borrow a phrase) you never really see the same waterfall twice.

* Why I didn’t post it: The first shot in this post is a much more typical vacation shot than my usual wanna-be fine art shots (OK, no need to be mean…), but I like the story it tells about the tourist experience — it’s less about the waterfall and more about the reactions of those seeing it. The second photo interests me more…the violence of the plummeting water slamming into the pool below. Which do you prefer?

* I took a lot of photos in 2020, more than in any previous year. Some I shared, but looking back I’ve found many I didn’t. Maybe I thought they weren’t good enough, maybe I had something else to post or maybe…I just plain forgot. As the year winds down I’m rectifying those oversights and posting some photos I overlooked earlier in 2020.

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