Diane Ross
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Day 8 - Oahu Seal Colony

My last full day in New Zealand.  I make my way back to Christchurch from the west side of the island.  In the morning the mountains are think with fog.  I have always liked foggy days.  They seem to make the world more mysterious.  Then I read a short story by Stephen King about a foggy day.  There were white things in the fog that killed you.  It was a very good story.  Now every time it is foggy I think of that story, but I still like foggy days anyway.

On my way down the east coast I come to Oahu Seal Colony.  I visited another colony on the west coast last night but did not like it very much.  If you just want to sea seals it is fine but it is extremely difficult to get a good picture standing a couple hundred feet above the colony.  As a rule of thumb you want to be at eye level with whatever you are shooting.  The colony at Oahu is better.  You are not as high above the colony.  There is a tidal pool with between 10 and 20 pups in it.  They are having so much fun playing with each other.  The pool is a mass of fins as they tumble around in the water.  Occasionally a wave will crash over the side of their pool and refill it.

When I plan these things I am always happy to have an afternoon flight out so that I can see just a little bit more.  Then when the day comes I can't figure out what to do.  Tomorrow will be the same.  I don't really have enough time to go anywhere but I have to check out by 10 and my flight isn't until 3:30.  I will figure something out.