Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day 50 - Banyan Tree

I've been putting off posting the rest of my Hawaii sketches. I've been reliving the vacation by creating the posts and writing about what we did each day. When the last sketch is posted I will have to face that the trip is over.

But at the same time, my new daily sketches are piling up waiting to be posted, so I guess I better stop delaying before I get too far behind to ever catch up.

Day 50 was an awesome fun filled day. In the morning we drove into Lahaina to take a whale watching cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation.

While waiting to board the boat I sat in the square and sketched a part of the banyan tree. Banyan trees have aerial roots that look like trunks. So this tree looks like it is multiple trees whose canopies grew together.

banyan tree sketch
sepia pen in cahier pocket sketch book
copyright 2010 Stacy L. Rowan

This sketch would look better if I had added color, but I didn't have any colored media with me at the time, so I decided to show it to you the way it was originally done. I may still go back and add color at some time.

The whale watching cruise was excellent. We saw so many whales and at times were so close to them the captian had to shut off the boat engines. We saw fin slaps and head slaps, and competition groups. We even saw one whale breach although I didn't manage to catch that with my camera. Everyone in the family had a fabulous time.

That same evening we went back to Lahaina to see the Old Lahaina Luau - another great pick.  Prior to dinner and the show guests could walk around to different stations. Each station was staffed with an employee who provided information about life in ancient Hawaii and their culture. It was very interesting. And the show that followed was really good with traditional dances and beautiful dancers.


Jennifer Rose said...

very cool you got that close to the whales :D I'm not wanting your sketches from Hawaii to stop, great reading about the trip and seeing what sketches you come up with :)

Stacy said...

Thank you so much Jennifer! I'm glad I'm not the only one enjoying the Hawaii review. :D

I am happy this project made me sketch while I was there, but am now wishing I had made time for even more sketches. Maybe I'll just have to convince the hubby to go back again some day.