It’s just 8 a.m. and the day is off to a most frustrating start.
We were early in our walk, just getting to the water after passing the last few houses on the Kaneohe end of Swanzy Beach Park. The sun was just coming up. I took a couple of quick pictures. Here’s the last photo in that batch.
After walking another hundred feet or so, I stopped to take another photo. Well, more accurately, I tried to take another photo and got an error message instead: “Lens Error. Will automatically shut down. Restart camera.”
I had this dreaded “lens error” on another occasion back when the camera was relatively new and under warranty. It required swapping out the lens assembly, and was a known problem at that time. Canon did the repair at no charge. That was then. I don’t know what will happen now. So there I was, walking along the narrow eroding shoulder on the ocean side of Kamehameha Highway holding an umbrella to shield myself and the camera, and worrying about when I’ll have time to go to the Canon office, figure out if it’s cost effective to fix, etc., etc.
That was frustrating, but little did I know the real frustration had not yet begun!
Just a little farther along, there is another set of houses before you arrive at Kaaawa Beach Park. Up ahead, a friend was out in front of her house taking photos. That’s when we turned around to see what she was looking at and saw the most amazing double rainbow stretching all the way across Kaaawa. The main rainbow was clear, sharp, and bright, while the outer double rainbow was not-so-bright but clearly visible. The full uninterrupted arc was visible. It would have been a wonderful photo, but I was now carrying a delicate paperweight rather than a camera.
But the photo gods weren’t finished taunting me.
Those rainbows continued to strut their stuff during the entire time it took us to walk to the far end of the beach, turn around, and walk along the beach. The last remnant finally faded just as we got back to Kaaawa Beach Park.
That was a very long walk, and being accompanied most of the way by a perfect double rainbow was both visually spectacular and deeply frustrating.
I hope the day gets better.