Lost: Marbles

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Normally, taking pictures is almost alienating. You hunker down in a puddle, you point the camera at some dude kayaking naked down the Thames or shove the lens of the camera up some bumblebee's butt--a bird starts to nest in your hair as you wait for the shot, passersby look at you like you're some kind of technologically-endowed hobo, dogs piddle on your leg... really, it's a bit humbling. It doesn't usually bring people together. It just makes them think you're strange.

Except -- except!

Except when you find a kindred spirit.

So, I'm out in the rainforest around the Volcano Village Lodge, and I'm taking macro photos of leaves and flowers and (as pictured), waterdrops.

And, who should emerge from the foliage like the presumptive Doctor Livingston, but...

...another photographer. With a Canon XSi around his neck. Taking shots in the rainforest.

No more wary stares, no more gentle reaches for the cell phone to punch in a quick "911." The guy's name was Noel (er, I think -- I have a brain like a sieve) and his wife was Carmen and they were on their honeymoon and so on and so forth. But the real trick was that he was out there in the wet jungle, snapping shots, too. It's like finding a lost member from your forgotten tribe.

Weird postscript to the tale: we ate at a restaurant called Merriman's at the end of the week, which is 100 or so miles from Volcano. There, we actually saw Noel and Carmen again, along with another couple we'd seen at the restaurant in Volcano. It's a Big Island in a small world.

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  1. Dr. Siouxss [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    My. You definitely have a gift for unveiling the lost little world about us. Truly beautiful image and neat-o story.

  2. Zandgaby 75 months ago | reply

    This is amazing!

  3. blablablablablablalblablbabla [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

    nice :)

  4. Absolut Jo 71 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous & wonderful story as well. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Waterford_Man 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called It's (still) not about you!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. Tomitheos 70 months ago | reply

    great macro!

    I'm an admin for a group called Macro Magic, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. Manish Bajaj 70 months ago | reply

    Lovely Shot!!

  8. artland 69 months ago | reply

    wonderfullllllllllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. carolinerochareis 69 months ago | reply

    it looks like glass O_O
    UAU

  10. Heradia [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ARTE EN TU FOTO / ART IN YOUR PHOTO .** FLYING INSECTS **, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    UNA BELLEZA!!!!

  11. RSPBphoto 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called RSPB Love Nature, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. ~ gosia ~ [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

    awesome!

  13. Montanha Shows 65 months ago | reply

    wowwwwwww... linda..

  14. Sam ♑ 64 months ago | reply

    This is AMAZING Please post to:

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  15. dancerinthelight [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    Brilliant Makro ... so extremely alive! :-)

  16. ketrin54 63 months ago | reply

    Wow!!! Wonderful shot!!!

  17. Olivier  63 months ago | reply

    Très belle photographie, bravo

  18. K. B. Photography 62 months ago | reply

    Totally awesome picture you got here. Its too bad you lost your marbles though.

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