Posted on: 15 Jan 09
This was taken at the Spouting Horn Park lookout in Lawa’i Road, Po’ipu, South Kauai, Hawaii.
One of the things I remember from my beginner’s photography class is our instructor’s own technique of taking a photo of the 180° view of what you intended to shoot — just turn around and click!. You’ll never know what to expect. This is basically that view from the active blowhole, that not only spurts saltwater up to 60 feet in the air as waves rush through the lava shelf and into a small opening into the surface, but also produces a loud roaring sound as the water comes and goes.
This cooled lava formation that you see in the photo used to be a much larger blowhole than the adjacent Spouting Horn, called Kukuiula Seaplume. It shot water up to 200 feet up the air (scary). However, the salt spray damaged the sugar cane field nearby, so it was blasted away in the 1920’s. On one had I think it’s too bad that we did not get to see such a majestic plume, but on the other, I am glad to have this lookout and not be washed away into the ocean!
I cannot get tired of looking at this. Even with the nearby waves violently crashing into the shore of solid rock, there is that stillness on the horizon that lures you. It’s not all unrest. There is peace beyond the periphery.
Photo notes: Taken as the sun set in Kauai in March 2007 with a Nikon Coolpix 5200, the little camera that could. Submitted to for Photo Friday’s weekly challenge: “Meditation“.