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Overlooked Photos of 2020 #9: Petroglyph Boardwalk Walk

Photo taken in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — March 2, 2020

While visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we took in the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. The petroglyphs — considered sacred to the people of Hawaii — are in a 550-year-old lava field near the ocean on the south flank of Kilauea. They are accessible only by walking through the lava field. A boardwalk ensures tourists don’t trample the petroglyphs.

Interestingly, though we saw several dozen human-shaped petroglyphs, there are apparently thousands more we wouldn’t have identified — dots, jagged lines, circles. And at the time we didn’t know ceremonies had been practiced there with umbilical cords to ensure long lives for children. So much to learn.

* Why I didn’t post it: Call me a camera snob, but I like using “real” cameras. In this case I had no choice but to use my GoPro. The day before my trusty DSLR had succumbed to torrential rains in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo. My camera had been through downpours before and was weather sealed…but this rain was just too much for it. Killed. Dead. A brick. So I resorted to the GoPro and its much-less pleasing dynamic range, resolution, stabilization…well, just about everything was less pleasing. But I quite liked this shot when I dug it up months later.

* 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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