||To get an idea of the visual impact of the islands of
Tahiti, picture the following sequence of images all captured within the
span of less than one hour. These were taken early in the morning in June, their winter and dry season..
Guy's water taxi has taken us out to the motu and dropped us off at Fareone
Point. They will return to pick us up in five hours. We begin trekking up
the beach. Becky, eager to explore the Coral Garden, is in the lead. I turn
around to snap this picture of the main island before proceeding.
only one other couple who we rarely see besides ourselves on this beautiful
beach. We are as innocents alone in paradise.
|A palm casts
a perfect shadow on the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.
waste a moment but dives almost immediately into the Coral Garden's jewel-like
setting. I enter soon after.
wait for us just below the surface, while others congregate around the coral
|| We are
absorbed by the lagoon environment and the hours pass until we pull ourselves
exhausted from its spell. ("Well I wasn't that tired."- Becky)
on our trip was like this. Sometimes it seemed like sensory overload, but we'd
take it all in anyway. The end result is that we came back from Tahiti with
an increased capacity to experience life - and less inclination to settle for
a humdrum existence. (And I, Becky, think a deeper appreciation of what's important- love, compassion, not competition and monetary success. Slow down and smell the tiare!)