An Evening at the Palm Grove

I’m back from my annual trip to Molokai where this year we introduced our “Mindful Photography” workshop. Working with the great Flint Sparks was a joy. Having Dewitt Jones, Rikki Cooke and Jack Davis as very special guests made for a week great fun, learning and inspiration.

When we arrived at the “Palm Grove”, one of my favorite locations, this is what greeted us. Calm water, and a tone, and mood in the sky, that I was in love with. It felt very peaceful to me.


And then, as we played with this light waiting for sunset, the sky went ablaze with color!


And then of course we waited for the sun to go down and this happened, beautiful pastel pink.


I remember hearing one participant in the workshop exclaim, “no one will believe me when I say this is exactly what it looked like tonight”.   Well, it really did look like this.  I adore this location!

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to you all!  Thank you for following my blog.

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  1. DIana December 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    What a lovely memory and great greetings for my day! I so enjoyed the workshop (not a good
    description for the event!) and the super kind teachers and wonderful attendees! Thanks for making it all possible!

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

      My pleasure Diana. You were a joy to have with us. Did everything make it home with you?!?!?! 🙂

  2. Carla December 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Incredible beauty!!!! God’s paintbrush at work!
    Looking forward to many more spectacular sights with you in the New Year!
    Merry Christmas to you, John and Cathy

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

      Thank you Carla. Blessing to Bill.

  3. Larry Richardson December 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    These are outrageous, John!!!

  4. Roni Chastain December 23, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    wishing you and your family a healthy & happy holiday!
    🙂 Roni

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Thank you Roni. And to you and yours.

  5. Rich Lewis December 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Great photographs from what looks like a great evening. I love the transition of light shown in the 3 images. Have a Very Happy Holiday and New Year, John.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank you Rich. Happy Holidays to you.

  6. Steve Zigler December 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing those images, John. Looks like you had an amazing trip, but an even more amazing experience!

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

      As you know Steve, without great experiences we likely will NOT make great images. 🙂

  7. Bruce Sorrell December 23, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    As always, John, superlative work ! And these are especially poignant in that their peaceful, serene mood stands in such contrast to these turbulent days. Nonetheless, many thanks for your good guidance and inspiration throughout 2016, and here’s to more of the same in 2017. Wishing you and yours abundant peace, love, and laughter in the coming year. Slainte !

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

      Well thank you very much Bruce! Always enjoy your kind comments. Best of 2017 to you and your family.

  8. Karen Messick December 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Beautiful images John! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and another great year shooting, traveling, and sharing!

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

      Thank you Karen. And to you as well. Always enjoy your artistic vision.

  9. Patrice Zinck December 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Awesome shots John! Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you Patrice! Merry Christmas to you and a blessed New Year.

  10. Flint Sparks December 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    As John said, “It really was like that!” It was such a wonderful surprise when the soft grays and blues, completely beautiful and satisfying in themselves, bowed unexpectedly to the setting sun in such a startling display of quiet awe. I now offer an humble bow to John for his expert teaching and leadership, and another to our stellar friends, Rikki, DeWitt and Jack, all generous and inspiring. And a final bow of immense gratitude to the best group of participants anyone could ask for, all living and learning at my favorite location, Hui Ho’olana on Molokai. What a week! What a family!! What a life!!! Much aloha and Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) to all.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      Amen Flint! Cannot wait till next year!

  11. Danny Head December 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    What a beautiful set of images! I’ll have to watch for info on next years workshop!

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

      Danny, I will add your name to the long list. Flint and I will be deciding how to invite participants to our workshop in December of next year shortly. You can see details on my site already. We just have not started to take deposits yet. But again, this will start to happen right after the holidays.

  12. Erika fawcett December 23, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    What beautiful images. I love seeing how the light changes. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

      Thank you Erika. it is a unique and wonderful place. A favorite workshop to do for sure.

  13. Mary Doherty December 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Stunning images!!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

      Thank you Mary and to you are your family as well. Merry Christmas!

  14. MWS December 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    Yes, it really was like that. The whole week was like that! Many thanks to you, Flint, Rikki, DeWitt, Jack, and everyone who participated in the workshop. Happy holidays and a wonderful New Year to everyone.

    • JB December 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

      It really was! Glad you were there to witness it.

  15. Steve L December 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Best wishes for health, happiness, and prosperity. And lots of great images!

  16. Felice December 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    All three equally beautiful!
    Happy Holidays, John!

  17. Howard Grill December 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Wow…those are wonderful shots!!!

  18. Janice December 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    Gosh, John, I wasn’t sure the photographs would be able to capture the subjects and colors of that evening. Yours do. Wonderful!

    • JB December 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

      Thank you Janice.

  19. JB December 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you Howard, Steve and Felice.

  20. Melody Munro-Wolfe December 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    Beautiful shots. Hoping to hear soon about next year (2017) Mindful Photography in Hawaii. I am so excited to plan my trip!

    • JB December 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      Thank you Melody. We will be inviting participants next week.

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