Beauty in the storm

If Kauai was a person, she would be bipolar. 

Of all the islands I have visited, Kauai has some of the most unpredictable fluctuations in weather. She also happens to hold a record for the most rainfall in one hour.  Here are a few images from her mood swings over our last visit to the islands.

When Kauai is in a good mood, she's bright, colorful, and cheerful.

Waimea Canyon on a sunny day

Waimea Canyon on a sunny day

The first two days we were there, the forecast called for 100% chance of rain. We thought about calling the shoot and going home early. Oddly enough, we had bright blue skies and sunshine each morning just long enough to finish our work before it turned to rain in the afternoon.

We booked our work trip with one extra day to play, and by the time our free day rolled around, it was down to only a 60% chance of rain. As it turns out in Kauai, 100% can mean half a day of rain, and 60% can mean rain all day. Aside from a few five minute intervals, it poured almost the entire day. But if there's one thing I've learned from living in Hawaii, it's that the show doesn't end when it starts raining. There is a special, unique kind of beauty in the storm. 

Waimea canyon last Saturday in the storm.

Waimea canyon last Saturday in the storm.

Sure, there's something to be said for those bright, sunny moments. But if you pack your bags and head home the minute it starts raining, you might miss out on some of the most beautiful, tempestuous moments Hawaii has to offer.

The moonlit waves and cool saltwater breeze just before the storm begins.

The delicate strands of the spider's web shaking in the wind.

The gurgling streams picking up momentum as the rain brings more water.

The intricate features of trees uprooted by the storms.

And the ethereal, pastel colors of a sunset enshrouded in fog.

Sure, everyone thinks of sunshine and blue skies when they think of Hawaii. But I think there's a unique beauty in the storms, don't you?