Black and white

24 Nov

Hawaii is a young country and it’s still growing every day.  It is born of volcanoes.  Glowing lava oozes out of the earth and solidifies into the ground that you walk on.  Evidence of Hawaii’s violent birth is all around you.  Clinking cinders in the garden path, jagged, inky  rocks on every beach, dramatic black sand that on closer inspection is half black, half green olivine, barren, dark chocolate volcanic slopes on the horizon, buildings created from monumental black lava stone walls.

Black lava is everywhere in Hawaii, but there is always white to contrast with the black.  Crashing foam as Hawaii’s famous surf hits the shore, white coral sand, fluffy white clouds in the hot blue sky and the plumes of sulphurous gas that belch out of the volcano Kiluea’s fiery depths.  Black and white.  Nature’s pretty good at the whole drama thing.


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The theme for this week’s Gallery at Sticky Fingers is Black and White.  I thought this was rather appropriate.


18 Responses to “Black and white”

  1. Karin @ Cafe Bebe 24/11/2010 at 8:17 am #

    Has the Hawaii Tourism Board been in touch?? You’re doing an amazing job of selling it to the UK! Wow!

    My mom has visited Hawaii 3 or 4 times…she would love to visit you!


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:43 pm #

      It really is beautiful, it’s not hard to sell it!

  2. Modern Dilemma 24/11/2010 at 8:24 am #

    I never realised Hawaii was so volcanic. I expect that makes me look uber thicko but hey ho! Love the vlog too. Brilliant to hear you all. Teachers & grandparents will be so pleased with your educational trip (back to the beach with you now for some snorkelling!)

    MD xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:44 pm #

      I got bitten by fish yesterday. I’ve gone off fish.

  3. Sarah of Catching the Magic 24/11/2010 at 8:30 am #

    Fabulous photographs. Hawaii is so high on my list of ‘must see’ places! Perhaps on our next big family trip to the UK (from NZ) we shall stop off… mmmm, that would be soooo good 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:47 pm #

      It’s on Air New Zealand’s route…

  4. If I Could Escape . . . 24/11/2010 at 8:44 am #

    So glad you are all having the time of your lives! Amazing photographs. x

  5. Tilly 24/11/2010 at 9:01 am #

    We went to Ilfracombe when we were on holiday in Devon and they have a section of beach which appears to be made up of tiny particles of slate and looks like black sand. It was very peculiar. Not quite Hawaii though!

  6. christinemosler 24/11/2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow! I’m a bit speechless (unusual, I know)It keeps hitting me every day what a FABULOUS thing you are doing! xxx

  7. SeaThreePeeO 24/11/2010 at 5:41 pm #

    What amazing photographs!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you!

  8. mrsljhall 24/11/2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Oh wow that just looks amazing! Your children are so lucky to have such a wonderful experience given to them. I am so jealous! xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:27 pm #

      It is a beautiful place.

  9. Kate 24/11/2010 at 10:03 pm #

    OH has been to Hawaii and hankers to go back. Lovely, lovely pix.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  10. Meltdown Mum 26/11/2010 at 11:18 pm #

    Wow – incredible. It looks like a lunar landscape in parts. i never envisaged Hawaii as volcanic. I’ve just discovered your blog – what an incredible journey of a lifetime you’re all taking. I’m so inspired and amazed and interested to read your adventures (have added you to my blog roll). Thanks 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:15 pm #

      It really is lunar. The entire island is created from volcanic lava. It’s amazing.


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