Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hawai'i: Waves against the shore

Here in Arizona the desert is almost always just a short distance away. Even if you're living in the middle of a big urban area like Phoenix, reminders of the desert are always present in the form of cactus and the ubiquitous "desert landscaping." In Hawaii, the same is true of the ocean. Not only is the ocean visible as you drive back and forth across the islands, it is always present in the plant life and humidity. The main contrast is between areas where lava flows reach the ocean and the waves crash against the rocks and where there are wide sandy beaches. The rocky shores make for dramatic scenery but are rather inconvenient for swimming or snorkeling.

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