One thing I’ve noticed about most successful blogs I follow is the photography on the site.
It’s usually stunning.
I see huge photos of food, family, farms and everyday living and the pictures themselves tell the story.
Hardly any writing is required for articles like these; and yet, I read through the entire post just to see the images.
What I realized is that I begin to connect and become a part of the story.
Well, that told me one thing for sure, I need to dust off my camera, learn how to use the bloody thing and put much bigger pictures on my site. :)
With all this new enthusiasm about taking pictures, I needed a subject.
That opportunity came in an invitation we received from our friend Louis Coulombe to visit his farm upcountry.
There’s absolutely nothing better than photography and a day at the farm.
Come join me!
Life on Maui
My husband, Frank, and Louis go way back…..even before me!!
They met on the West Maui Mountains over 15 years ago.
Louis and some friends were hiking up to the “L”, a popular launch site for paragliders, and Frank was dirt bike riding.
Their paths crossed.
Frank offered to take each of their 50 lb. packs up to the launch site for them on his dirt bike.
This gave Louis and his friends a much easier hike.
Frank stayed up at the “L” and watched them all launch, and he was hooked.
Within a year, he was a certified paragliding pilot and he and Louis became great friends.
But Louis is not just a paragliding pilot. He is a very successful entrepreneur.
He and his surfing buddy/business partner, Stephan Bel-Robert, own a restaurant, a luau, a gourmet store/coffee shop at one hotel and another café at another resort. And this is all on Maui!
And their farm, O’o Farm, provides all the organic produce and coffee for their businesses.
Kula, Maui, Hawaii has probably the most ideal weather for farming.
Here you will find farms that are almost exclusively organic. Some are even hydroponic.
For a small island, there is wonderful diversity, especially in the weather.
We have a rainforest on the southeast side of the island, two mountain ranges (West Maui Mountains and Haleakala) where some winters we even get snow.
On the westside where I live, it’s really hot and almost desert-like.
But today, we went to Kula and one of my favorite stops along the way is this lovely produce stand.
A Day at O’o Farm
With fresh muffins and strawberries from the produce stand for breakfast, Frank and I made our way up to the farm.
It’s a beautiful drive to O’o Farm. In Hawaii, o’o was a black, honey-eating bird with yellow tufts of feathers under each wing. These feathers were highly valued and used to decorate royal capes and helmets.
O’o Farm and Coffee
I have had an almost lifetime love affair with coffee.
And O’o Farm satisfies every aspect of my coffee heart.
While there, we were introduced to their newest acquisition, a huge, turn of the century, cast iron coffee roaster.
And what’s even more amazing is that they found it right here on Maui. No shipping required.
Louis was there working on the new coffee shop he’s building to accommodate the coffee roaster and his new “Seed to Cup” coffee tour he has started to compliment his already existing Forage and Feast Tour.
- Organically farmed (no nasty pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides)
- Sustainably maintained (farming to improve the environment), and
- Biodynamically cultivated (spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture)
Final Thoughts and an Idea
Taking pictures and experiencing the great outdoors in an environment of such beauty and respect was so renewing for me.
What a great idea to take a friend, your family, the kids, or just yourself to an outdoor environment and just take pictures.
Go to your nearest
Or wherever your heart desires
Grab the camera and take pictures of just everything that captures your eye.
Don’t forget to follow through. It was great fun for me to download my pictures and create the above collages.
And the pictures didn’t turn out half bad either. :)
Oh, and I use PicMonkey as my photo editor.
Have a fun-filled, photo day! And if you have a moment, connect with me on Facebook and post the pictures you took.
I’d love to see what kind of fun day you had.