"Hana Dreams" by Bodhi Smith

 
​born of fire
cooled by ocean waters
winding along the pacific
tropical hawaii
under the stars
passion twists and turns
all through the night
she dreams her dream
and i dream my dream
following her curves
under the milky way
f​orever and always
 
 
MY THOUGHTS 
I dream my photograph. Then I photograph my dream ― Bodhi, ​Hana Dreams
 
​(Regrettably, I missed writing this blog last week​. I ​needed this break so I could travel cross country with my doggie Besos ​to Ohio to spend ​real quality time and Christmas Day with my 87-year old father and 83 year old Mother​, who unfortunately is in an assisted living facility these days…​)
 
This here is a lovely scene, a picture taken on the gorgeous tropical island of Maui, located in the Hawaii archipelago that's dead-smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a photo of a beautiful black lava rock beach, under an effervescent canopy of stars and the glowing Milky Way, along the famous "Road to Hana", one of the most picturesque byways one could ever drive and sightsee…I imagine the road being alive with the personality and soul of a woman, dreaming about this picturesque nightscape each and every night as she dreams, as ​"Hana Dreams​"…  
 
​"Dream​s" is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
1.  a series of thoughts, emotions, images, visions, and fantasies while sleeping
2. experiences of waking life having characteristics of deep imagination or releases from reality
3. something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality
4. a strongly desired goal or purpose; something that fully satisfies a wish
5.​ to imagine or consider as a possibility

Dream, I can always dream. I can dream all night long. I can daydream​, dream all​ day. I can dream in my thoughts, in my writing, in my photography…when I dream​, I’m transported to ​my happy place, a place where I smile a​ lot and can be lost in beautiful visions floating through my heart and soul…

 
​I dream of her...she has a smile filled with our future ​together ― Bodhi, ​Hana Dreams

I can always dream. I can dream of her. I can dream of her smiles, her giggles. I can dream of ​me and her. I can dream of holding her hand, hugging and kissing her, making love​ to her under the stars. I can really dream of her and me. I can dream about her lips, her legs, her hair, her body, her eyes​. I dream of how the Milky Way reflect​s in ​those eyes​ of hers​, a place where I see my future as my days fade away and finally disappear. I can dream of us, on the beach in Hawaii strolling hand-in-hand, walking into the glowing sunset together​, continuing on through the night under the canopy of glowing stars. I can always dream​. And one day when she is ​finally again here​ forever in my arms, I’ll still dream of her​. I'll dream of her both day and night. I will always dream…
 
​Without the hope of her, my dreams would have no meaning ― Bodhi, ​Hana Dreams
 
​And ​I cannot wait to one​ day say something similar to this when I finally meet her​ of my dreams: "​When we are born, the soul we are given is split apart and half of it is given to someone else. ​Throughout our lives, ​we dream and we search for the person with the other half of our soul. ​Very few ever succeed...​I am blessed that we have met. In a sudden moment, warm within your loving glare, my soul said, "​At last! I can rest. ​I have found my missing half.'' When this happens, it is said we have found our soul mate. We are happy and at peace. When we shared ourselves, we were engulfed in eternity, dancing in a timeless universe. I am truly blessed because that day, my heart recognized you as a part of its own...thank you for blessing me with you. Thank you for dreaming with me, for seeing the same future as I do. ​For your beautiful eyes, reminding me of the truest bliss in life. I am forever grateful for you...I will spend an eternity loving you, caring for you, respecting you, showing you every day that I hold you as high as the stars. I am only sorry that it’s taken me this long to find you. I shall make it up to you, my flower, as long as we live. I love you!"​ (quote from ​Steve ​Maraboli)
 
​And each of these following words are for her, the one ​I know without knowing:
 
​In my dreams, there you are each night. ​In my dreams, ​I've always known you. ​I​n my dreams, we talk without talking. ​In my dreams, we're lovers all-night-long under the ​Milky ​Way. ​In my dreams, we in​tertwine​, connected in passion's embrace. ​In my dreams, we glow as one in erupting rapture. In my dreams, we sleep in peace spooning together...​There you are, but it seems only, in my dreams...
 
​She's my dream girl, and ​I'm warmed in a blanket of her smiles each night as ​I sleep ― ​Bodhi
 
​So I must sigh...
 
​Until the day you are in my arms, you are the warmth in my heart flowing through all of my veins. You stay deep in my spirit as the light in the darkness. you're transcending my subconsciousness as the sweet guardian angel watching over me, right there always in each lucid dream about our love and faith in each other...
 
When I'm awake, my biggest fear is time running out in this life. ​But ​I know through my dreams that I've always known you, you've always been there with me, my eyes reflect your eyes, time just does not matter with us. we've lived other lives together, we'll live together again one day​ in this life, and be as one in other lives to come...
 
​Time does not exist. There's no element of time in love or a dream. ​They are both always right here waiting for you to experience them when you need them ― Bodhi, ​Love and ​Time
 
​Whenever ​I want you, all I have to do is dream. But I want you to be real. I want to touch you and look deep into your eyes. ​Hold hands together. ​Stargaze together. ​Travel and explore this world ​together. ​Watch sunrises and sunsets together. I need you to smile with me, kiss, hug, and hold me. ​Make love to me. ​Be the last sight my eyes see before ​I fall asleep a​t night, and ​be the first thing when ​my eyes open again in the morning...​Dream girl, come to me soon, ​walk out of my dreams, become my dream come true, and make my life more complete and full of your joy...
 
​So this is another blog where I call out to her to find me in the flesh. She's my dream, something I can't photograph. She's my dream girl and I long for the day she walks out of my dreams and becomes my dream come true...and I cannot wait for my favorite quote from ​Dr. ​Seuss to be realized for me..."​You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams"
 
​I always say to dream big, but dream real...​Still, where is she? ​I want to die with memories of her, not dreams ― Bodhi, ​Dreams
 
 
​This song, a rock classic​ from ​37 years ago in 1987, gives me hopeful tears longing for her each time ​I sing along ​to each and every word. ​This magical tune has lyrics which instantly evoke my feelings about her, seeing her only in my dreams...it's sung in such a beautiful way, a way ​I can relate and sing from my own heart...​And along with its profoundly powerful connotation, it's the perfect accompaniment to connect music with the meaning of my impression and blog today: "​In ​My ​Dreams" by ​REO ​Speedwagon. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
 
​There was a time some time ago 
​When every sunrise meant a sunny day, ​oh a sunny day.
​But now when the morning light shines in, 
​It only disturbs the dreamland where ​I lay,​ oh where ​I lay.
​I used to thank the lord when ​I'd wake
​For life and love and the golden sky above me.
​But now ​I pray the stars will go on shining,
​You see in my dreams you love me...
​Daybreak is a joyful time, 
​Just listen to the songbird harmonies, oh the harmonies.
​But, ​I wish the dawn would never come,
​I wish there was silence in the trees, oh the trees.
​If only I could stay asleep, 
​At least I could pretend you're thinking of me.
​Because nighttime is the one time ​I am happy,
​You see in my dreams you love me...
​We climb and climb, and at the top we fly.
​Let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. 
And I don't know really what it means,
​All I know is that you love me, in my dreams...
I keep hoping one day I'll awaken
​And somehow she'll be lying by my side.
​And as I wonder if the dawn is really breaking, 
​She touches me and suddenly I'm alive.
​And, we climb and climb, and at the top we fly.
​Let the world go on below us, we are lost in time.
​And I don't know really what it means,
​All I know is that you love me, in my dreams...
​And we climb and climb and at the top we fly. ​
Let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. 
​And ​I don't know really what it means,
​All ​I know is that you love me in my dreams, 
​Oh-oh-oh only in my dreams 
 
 
And this uber meaningful tune from over 30 years ago in 1993 is one of my favorite songs from the decade of the 90s... "​Dream All Day" by The ​Posies. ​This song has always resonated with me, especially with love that has come into, and then been lost in my life. Yet I still go on, persevering past the things I miss, instead finding happiness in just loving life, the universe, and everything...​and dreaming about one day finding her and seeing her smile that is filled with our future together... (just click on any of ​the words in the powder blue links to listen to any song in this entire blog)...  

I've got a lot of thoughts
Got a lot of plans
I lost a lot of sleep
Trying to understand
I could dream all day
In a blackened room
Staring into space
Underneath a thousand blankets
Just to find a place
Where everything is reachable
Imagining is safe
I tried to make it so
I didn't even know
I could dream all day
I dreamt I was awake
My mouth was colored grey
As the world revolved around me
I could only say
I could dream all day
 

When I dream​, I’m transported to ​my happy place, a place where I smile a​ lot and can be lost in beautiful visions floating through my heart and soul​ ― Bodhi, ​Hana Dreams
 
somebody
to lay with,
nothing in between.
lost in a breath
existing in a dream.
to be naked
to our souls
giving everything unseen
THE ​"HAPPY​" HOLIDAYS
Dream, I can always dream. I can dream all night long. I can daydream​, dream all​ day. I can dream in my thoughts, in my writing, in my photography. I can always dream ― Bodhi, ​Hana Dreams

Please remember this time of year is hard on so many people…those who are alone because they have lost their loved ones and miss them dearly, as well as those who just really have little family…
 
So many of us, myself included, are blessed to be alive after a life-threatening disease, accident, or medical condition. Happy to be alive and healthy, blessed to get to wake up to another day...

And we are blessed to have our loved ones in our lives too, lucky to have love and happiness, blessed to have our parents still alive, and our children and fur babies healthy and full of life. We are extremely lucky to have each moment we have to live. Blessed to be given another breath, and then another after that. Blessed to have some of our dreams come true. Blessed to see breathless beauty surrounding us everyday as well as some people like me lucky to travel and witness astounding sights around this exquisite world...thank you, my universe, for blessing this life of mine!


​You were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you? ― ​Bodhi​
 
But please be fully aware and understand that not everyone is as happy as many of us, especially this time of year. This is a difficult time of the year for so many people. ​So, please remember, not everyone feels "the joy that Christmas brings" or share​s in any part of a ​"Happy Holidays​"…
 
Way too many of us miss loved ones ​who were lost recently, and then truly feel lost without their absence this time of year. Their loss creates a huge void in our lives, and goes deep as we miss their love and presence in our life, especially when we see so many other people with happy families who are all getting together, and celebrating the holidays with one another…
 
​Although I'm so very often pretty much alone, living the life of a loner most days, thankfully I’m so blessed this year. I’m not all alone for a change. I'm blessed with Besos and both of my parents (my Dad and my Mom)​ whom I got to spend Christmas day with this year…still, I’ll always really really miss The Dude (December 3, 2003 to May 9, 2018)​, especially this time of year...
 
​I'm mostly alone, but I'm not really lonely...I’m so truly blessed to have Besos, and all my friends, my Auntie, my Mom and my Dad. I’m so awfully blessed to have the ability and privilege to take all these lovely photographs through the years to share with others, so very blessed to see in person the scenes I can capture in my images, and even more blessed to have people support my artwork financially and spiritually... 
 
So, what in the world do you do when you feel happy and content with everything in your life? You simply smile, be thankful and full of gratitude, feel lucky to be so happily blessed…but remember this time of year, not everyone feels as blessed as you…
 
I hope everyone has a dreamy holiday season, full of great memories, full of smiles, and especially full of love, a Happy New Year​ 2024 full of oodles ​and oodles of love...
 
​I'm ​blessed with having you in my heart now...and ​I'm right there in your heart, if you ever need me, you will find me there ― ​Bodhi
 
 
This beautiful tune went all the way to #1 on the music charts for weeks in 2004...and this song is like the winding story of my life and how my path to love has been so damned twisted and dark at times, hurtful and belittling. It’s all been so difficult to understand these painful hardships I’ve had (and continue to have) to endure, persevere and pass though. so hard to see the meaning of the path. That is, until I’m able to look back on it, look back once I find what I’ve always been hoping for: being honestly happy by finally finding my dream come true, finding true love in her arms…. "Bless the Broken Road" by ​Rascal ​Flatts. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the song)...  

I set out on a narrow way many years ago,
​Hoping I would find true love 
​Along the broken road.
​But I got lost a time or two,
​Wiped my brow, and kept pushing through. 
I couldn't see how every sign
​Pointed straight to you. 
That every long lost dream, 
​Led me to where you are. 
Others who broke my heart,
​They were like northern stars pointing
​Me on my way into your loving arms. 
This much I know is true:
​That God blessed the broken road
​That led me straight to you. 
Yes, He did...
I think about the years 
I spent just passing through. 
I’d like to have the time 
I lost and give it back to you. 
But you just smile and take my hand,
​You've been there, you understand. 
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true.
​Every long lost dream led me to where you are. 
Others who broke my heart, 
​They were like northern stars pointing
​Me on my way into your loving arms. 
This much I know is true: 
​That God blessed the broken road 
​That led me straight to you...
​Yeah, and now I'm just a-rolling
​Home into my lover's arms. 
​This much I know is true:
​That God blessed the broken road
​That led me straight to you. 
That God blessed the broken road 
​That led me straight to you 
 
 

SOME APROPOS QUOTES
​You are coming; I can feel you on the breeze, I can see you in my dreams. These ages apart have been the longest, loneliest that I can remember. ​And they too shall fade as love weaves light from darkness stitching together the well worn tapestries of our spirits and all that went before dissolves...​Until the day you are in my arms once more, you lie cradled in my heart; and ​I'm lost in eternal ribbons of memory. The landscape of time and space is a reminder of your existence. ​Your place among the heavens as the brightest of ​all stars, the true ​North ​Star that guides this vessel ​out of my dreams and back home once more ― ​C. Ara ​Campbell (​modifications by ​Bodhi)
 
​At that moment it seemed to him that time stood still and the soul of the world surged within him. ​When he looked into her dark eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke. ​The language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. ​It was love. ​Something older than humanity, more ancient than the earth. ​Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here. ​She smiled, and that was certainly an omen. ​The omen he had been awaiting without even knowing he was for all his life...it was the pure language of the world. ​It requires no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. ​Because, when you know that language, it's easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city. ​And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. ​There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. ​Without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning ― ​Paulo ​Coelho, ​The ​Alchemist
 
​Dream and love are just words...until you decide to experience them​ ― ​Paulo ​Coelho, ​The ​Alchemist
 
​Never stop dreaming...when a person really desires something, the ​entire universe conspires to help that person realize their dream​ ― ​Paulo ​Coelho, ​The ​Alchemist
 
​If ​I'm really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day ― ​Paulo ​Coelho, ​The ​Alchemist
 
​Only do not forget, if i wake up crying, it's only because in my dream ​I'm a lost child hunting through the leaves of the night for your hands ― ​Pablo ​Neruda
 
​Dreams have to be made real, not reality changed into ​dreams ― ​Osho, ​Book of ​Wisdom
 
I dream my painting, and ​I paint my dream ― Vincent ​Van ​Gogh
 
​It would be very interesting to preserve photographically not the stages, but the metamorphoses of a picture. ​Possibly one might then discover the path followed by the brain in materializing a dream ― ​Pablo ​Picasso
 
​Love is a magic ray emitted from the burning core of the soul​, illuminat​ing the surrounding earth. ​It enables us to perceive life as a beautiful dream between one awakening and another ― Khalil ​Gibran, ​The ​Prophet
 
​For thousands of nights​, I dreamed of making love to you. ​No man on earth has ever hated sunrise as ​I do ― Lisa ​Kleypas, ​Dreaming of ​You
 
I dreamt that she sat by my head, tenderly ruffling my hair with her fingers, playing the melody of her touch. I looked at her face and struggled with my tears, till the agony of unspoken words burst my sleep like a bubble. ​I sat up and saw the glow of the ​Milky ​Way above my window, like a world of silence on fire, and ​I wondered if at this moment she had a dream that rhyme​d with mine ― Rabindranath ​Tagore, ​Stray ​Birds
 
The image is a dream. The beauty is real ― ​Richard ​Bach, ​Jonathan ​Livingston ​Seagull 
I keep hoping one day I'll awaken and somehow she'll be lying by my side. ​And as ​I wonder if the dawn is really breaking, she touches me and suddenly I'm alive...​And we climb and climb, and at the top we fly! ​Let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. ​And ​I don't know really what it means, all ​I know is that you love me, in my dreams ― ​REO Speedwagon, ​In ​My ​Dreams
 
So here it is, another chance. wide awake you face the day. your dream is over...or has it just begun? ― Christopher ​Degarmo, ​Lead ​Guitarist ​Queensryche
 
​I choose to hold you in my dreams...for in my dreams, you have no end ― ​Jalaluddin ​Rumi, ​The ​Essential ​Rumi
 
​I found my dreams and suspended me there. I saw how my heart had fallen on your path singing a song...between my love and my heart, things were happening which slowly slowly made me recall everything. ​You amuse me with your touch, although ​I can’t see your hands. ​You have kissed me with tenderness, although ​I haven’t seen your lips. ​You are hidden from me. ​But it is you who keeps me alive​. You are my dream, you are my life ― Jalaluddin ​Rumi, ​Music and ​Silence of the ​Heart
 
​I have spent my life dreaming of your face. ​Now, I have to find you​ ― Jalaluddin ​Rumi, ​Poems of ​Ecstasy and ​Longing
 
 
 
MORE QUOTES FROM BODHI
Until the day you are in my arms, you are the warmth in my heart flowing through all of my veins. You stay deep in my spirit as the light in the darkness. You're transcending my subconsciousness as the sweet guardian angel watching over me, right there always in each lucid dream about our love and faith in each other ― Bodhi
 
She's my dream girl, and i'm warmed in a blanket of her smiles each night as I sleep ― Bodhi
 
​Dream of one day. ​But be sure to live today. ​Be ​present. Be awake and make every moment count​. Dream awake ― ​Bodhi, ​Dream ​Awake
 
​In my dreams, there you are each night. In my dreams, I've always known you. In my dreams, we talk without talking. In my dreams, we're lovers all-night-long under the ​Milky ​Way. In my dreams, we're entwined and connected in passion's embrace. ​In my dreams, we glow as one in erupting rapture. ​In my dreams, we sleep in peace spooning together...there you are, but it seems​, only in my dreams" ― Bodhi, ​In ​My ​Dreams
 
i dream, to
breathe, to
sigh, to
float, above
clouds, over
raindrops, through
sunrise and sunset, across
the starry sky, beyond
the milky way, into
​our every atom, throughout" 
 
​She's my dream, something I can't photograph​, She's my dream pin-up girl ― Bodhi, ​Dream
 
​I long for the day she walks out of my dreams and becomes my dream come true ― Bodhi, ​Dream
 
Dream girl, come to me soon, ​walk out of my dreams, become my dream come true, and make my life more complete and full of your joy​ ― Bodhi, ​Hana Drea​ms
 
the girl of my dreams
all night you glow in starlight
so real it all seems 
 
​My life becomes so much easier, and my dreams much more lucid when ​I let go of things, just let things be, accepting my life for what it is, especially accepting that apology that ​I never got...and from the immortal words of​ the sufi poet ​Rumi: ​"What's forgiveness anyway? ​It's the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed" ― ​Bodhi, ​My ​Dreams
 
 
 
​FANTASTIC QUOTES FROM SONGS
there's so many excellent songs about dreams, so i needed to include a separate section for this blog to highlight the ones most meaningful and connected to the impression today...
 
​Every night ​I pray ​I'll have you here someday. ​I'll count the stars tonight and hope with all my might. and when ​I close my eyes, you'll be right by my side. ​If ​I could only have one wish, you'd be the girl whose lips ​I'd kiss, all my only dreams ― The ​Wonders, ​All ​My ​Only ​Dreams
 
​Last night ​I dreamt that somebody loved me. no hope, no harm, just another false alarm. ​Last night ​I felt real arms around me. no hope, no harm, just another false alarm. so, tell me how long before the last one? ​And tell me how long before the right one? ​The story is old, I know, but it goes on. The story is old, I know, but it goes on. oh, it goes on, and on, oh goes on and on... ― ​The ​Smiths, ​I Dreamt ​Somebody ​Loved ​Me 
 
​Oh, my life is changing everyday in every possible way. ​And oh, ​in my dreams it's never quite as it seems, never quite as it seems. ​I know ​I felt like this before but now ​I'm feeling it even more...because you're a dream to me, dream to me... ― The ​Cranberries, ​Dreams

Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree? ​I travel the world and the seven seas, everybody's looking for something ― 
Eurythmics, ​Sweet ​Dreams (​Are ​Made of ​This) 
 
​When ​I want you in my arms, when ​I want you and all your charms, whenever ​I want you, all ​I have to do is dream, dream, dream, dream...​Only trouble is, gee whiz, I'm dreaming my life away ― Everly ​Brothers, ​All ​I Have to Do Is Dream
  
​Staring into space, underneath a thousand blankets just to find a place where everything is reachable, imagining is safe. ​I tried to make it so, ​I didn't even know: ​I could dream all day ― ​Posies, ​Dream ​All ​Day
 
​It's understood by every single person who'd be elsewhere if they could. so far so good. and life's not unpleasant in their little neighborhood. they dream in middletown​ ― Rush, ​Middletown ​Dreams
 
Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress staring at the sunset, babe. red lips and rosy cheeks. ​Say you'll see me again, even if it's just in your wildest dreams ― ​Taylor ​Swift, ​Wildest ​Dreams
 
​We belong in a world that must be strong. ​Oh, that's what dreams are made of. ​And in the end​, on dreams we will depend, 'cause that's what love is made of​ ― Van ​Halen, ​Dreams
 
​Fly me high through the starry skies, maybe to an astral plane. ​Cross the highways of fantasy, help me to forget today's pain. ​Ooh, dream weaver, ​I believe you can get me through the night ― Gary ​Wright, ​Dream ​Weaver
 
​I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. ​Don't know where it goes, but it's only me, and ​I walk alone. ​I walk this empty street on the boulevard of broken dreams ― Green Day, ​Boulevard of ​Broken ​Dreams
 
​Darkness on the edge, shadows where I stand. I search for the time on a watch with no hands. ​I want to see you clearly, come closer than this. ​But all ​I remember are the dreams in the mist...these dreams go on when I close my eyes. Every second of the night, I live another life. ​These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside. ​Every moment ​I'm awake, the further ​I'm away​ ― ​Heart, ​These ​Dreams 

I keep hoping one day I'll awaken and somehow she'll be lying by my side. And as I wonder if the dawn is really breaking, she touches me and suddenly I'm alive...and we climb and climb, and at the top we fly! Let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. And I don't know really what it means, all I know is that you love me, in my dreams​ ― 
REO Speedwagon, ​In ​My ​Dreams 
 
 
 
SPECIFICS ABOUT THIS PHOTO
I dream of how the Milky Way reflect​s in ​those eyes​ of hers​, a place where I see my future as my days fade away and finally disappear ― Bodhi, Just Like Heaven
 
This impression was created on a warm windless evening in August of 2016 along the Road to Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui...having a non-existent sea breeze was required for this composition, so as to be able to capture the palm trees without them blurring from moving in the wind for the length of the 610 second (10min, 10secs) ultra-long exposure...
To get the effects you see here, I needed to capture two photos, all-the-while knowing later I would be merging them together into one single composition using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
In my photography, I always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...I often use as many as four filters at time, and I always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
 
And to get the effects and balance I was looking for in this composition, I used two ProgreyUSA Filters. along with the ProgreyUSA G-120Z Antarctic Magnetic Holder. to secure these filters to my Nikon D850 with a Nikon Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. ... 
 
Camera Settings for Black Lava Rock Beach and Pacific Ocean: 
ISO-64, 16mm at f/8 for 610 seconds...Image taken about 10 mins after sunset at 7:05pm HST using a ProgreyUSA 0.9 GND Aurora Filter. to bring the top third of the composition down 3 stops and help darken the brighter sky, creating a better in-camera balance in the overall image with the foreground of the image, especially the shadows in the palm trees and dark black lava rocks along the beach...coupled with a ProgreyUSA 3.0ND Antarctic Magnetic Filter. to stop down the image 10 stops and permit for an ultra long 610 second exposure at f/8 which helps to create the effect of the super smooth blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and help naturally saturate all the red, green, & blue (RGB) hues in the image...
 
Camera Settings for night sky with the Milky Way: 
ISO-3200, 16mm at f/1.4 for 16 seconds at 9:o7pm HST...no filters were necessary for the exposure of the night sky, so none were used...
 
The two images were then merged together using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
I wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my Induro PHQ3 Series 5-way Panhead with an Induro (now Benro) Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod. in combination with the ProgreyUSA Filters. which I use with every photo I take...
 
if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing ― bodhi, if nothing else
 
i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses ― bodhi, into my photography
 
my photography is my way of keeping a diary ― bodhi, my diary
 
contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken! ― bodhi, my world
 
I leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters... 
 
And above all else,
I hope this message and impression find you well.
 
Namaste,
Bodhi
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