These Japanese gardens in Hilo, Hawaii are incredibly beautiful. I wandered the meandering paths through the garden three mornings in a row. One morning, there were Honu (green sea turtles) feeding along the breakwall at the shoreline. Another morning, I photographed the full moon through palm trees as it rose over the distant volcanic mountains. One morning it rained on us, and I watched the droplets make dimples in the water beneath one of the many beautiful bridges.
I photographed this beautiful tree with my camera on a tripod – tilted upward at a 45 degree angle. I used a flashlight to paint the limbs of the tree so I could see some detail there against the slowly brightening sky. The wide-angle lens exaggerates the already impressive spread of the branches.
If you visit the Big Island, and come to Hilo – take a walk though these gardens. There’s ample parking nearby, and plenty of space for a game of frisbee or a walk along the breakwall. Better yet – bring a lunch and have a picnic with the kids! But don’t forget your camera!