Anahola Beach Lifeguard Station in Hawaiʻi

Protecting Lives

A small lifeguard station looks out over Anahola Beach on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi

A small lifeguard station looks out over Anahola Beach on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi, as seen during our 2018 Kauaʻi Trip.

I have said it in the past, and I will probably say it again, but I am thankful to have lifeguards watching over us at beaches. We don’t do anything wild and crazy when we go to a beach, but it is still always nice knowing someone is there watching out for you. Thankfully, I haven’t even had to see any serious rescues of others by lifeguards, too. I have seen them assist a few people who might have gotten out too deep, and I have seen them provide remedies for such things as cuts and jellyfish stings. But fortunately, I have not seen them have to do anything serious to save someone’s life. However, it is good to know that they are there and able to do that, if necessary.

I was reminded of how nice it is to have a lifeguard at some of the other beaches we visited during our time on Kauaʻi because not all of the beaches had lifeguards. The lifeguards were only present at public parks, which makes sense. At those beaches without a lifeguard, I did not feel entirely unsafe, and we still did the same beach things that we usually do. But I did notice that there were no lifeguards there. So when we did go to a beach with a lifeguard, I felt just a little more relief.

I am thankful for all those whose jobs require them to protect and serve those around them.

Protect Yourself

Currently, we are in the midst of a coronavirus crisis. If you are reading this soon after it is published, you most definitely know that. But I am including that clarification for those who may be reading in the future. We have lots of people doing their best to protect us right now, hoping to contain the spread of the virus.

Yes, there is some debate as to how serious the virus is and whether the media is inflating it all more than necessary. I will leave that debate to others because I am definitely no expert there.

I do believe that many people are very sincere in their efforts to protect. And I believe that prevention is a good thing. Of course, it is always important to practice good hygiene and do what you can to prevent the spread of germs, even if there is not a major virus going around. That is just good sense. Do what you can to protect yourself and those around you. It is good for everyone.

However, I saw this statement about coronavirus prevention in an online story from one of our local television news channels:

The Centers for Disease Control say there’s no proof pets can transmit the virus but still advise people to avoid petting and licking.

People, please do not lick your pets, for crying out loud! Just think of the germs that you can pick up. Do you even know where they have been? You do not want what they have, so please do not lick them!

Oh, and also, please use proper grammar. An extra word or two in that news statement could make a big difference in its meaning.

Bible Verse

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. - Psalm 86:6-8

About the Photo

I keep finding lots of good photos to share from our Kauaʻi trip, even though it was almost two years ago now. Apparently, I took lots and lots of beach photos, and those are the ones that catch my eye for sharing here. I can’t help it. I am a beach guy.

Not much special about the taking of this photo or the processing of it, either. I did brighten it up some to make it a little more vibrant, but mostly it looks like it did when I shot it. Those are the easy ones.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Aurora HDR. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: July 5, 2018
Location: Anahola, Hawaiʻi


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