The Beauty of Okinawa

Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture and is part of the Ryukyu Island chain. It’s a tiny island, but packed with activity. I spent the majority of my free time trekking, swimming, snorkeling, or diving in the bath-water warm seas. I lived in Okinawa for eleven years and it was an incredible experience. The people, the food, the culture, and of course the beauty compose everything that I miss about it. You can take ferries to the ‘outer’ islands, which are less populated and where the people aren’t as impacted by ‘progress.’ I loved finding beaches with no one else on them, and that was an easy thing to do. Being the only person–well, people, I was usually with friends–on a beach was wonderful. Talk about getting away from it all. The photo above is from an island that is part of the Keramas – a very popular dive spot. Sadly, I can’t remember exactly which island. I tend not to group my photos by specific location, thinking I can fall back on my memory, which is a totally stupid thing to do because my memory is for shit. You’d think I’d have remembered that by now…case in point. I’ve added just a few photos to the Okinawa album. There’s a lot more to come. I hope I captured at least a little of the essence of it. It’s difficult to be an accurate judge of that because I can’t separate the memories from the photos.


About Passages 23

Passages 23 is a photography partnership between Cindy A. Carl (color photography) and David L. White (black and white photography). The name stems from the life changes we all go through; passages/journeys from one phase to the next. We think our photographs reflect changes in nature, as well, and provide glimpses of the past and of what was. About Cindy: I’m a writer by day and a writer by night, and I squeeze my photography into the in-betweens. I’m originally from Easthampton, MA (USA). My stuff lives in storage (I keep thinking I’ll settle down), while I’ve restlessly lived and traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. My writing reflects the philosophical and psychological quirks of the human experience. If you like humorous stories that screw with your mind–in a pleasant way, of course–then please check out my latest novel, Quest for a Dream. My photography focuses on lines and unusual perspectives. I’m an avid animal lover, and live with my two wonderful cats, Isan and Lucy, and yes, they travel with me. Oh, and, I’m the wordy one. About David: I’m just an old fart with a camera. View all posts by Passages 23

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