Into Something Better: South Maluaka Beach | Makena, Hawaii

Oh these beach days with you are everything.

The sound of your squeals and giggles with the rhythm of the crashing waves.

Smelling the salt in the air and tasting it on our lips.

Squishy sand between our toes as we run in and out of the water.

The warm rays of the winter sun turning golden as it dries our skin before we head home with happy hearts.


This is the December installment of “Into Something Better” – an international blog circle celebrating nature and the camera technique of freelensing. Follow the circle via the link at the bottom to visit the next artist – the ever talented Cindy Cavanagh in Sydney, Australia.


Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly

Arranging her skirts

Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before

A stone on the riverbed,

Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,

But my thoughts.

And they floated light as moths

Among branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

Breathing around me.

The insects and the birds

Who do their work in darkness.

All night I rose and fell,

As if water, grappling with luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.


“We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelens our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.”




Now follow the circle to visit Cindy in Australia, followed by some beautiful snowy locations!

  • GASP! Barb, I can hardly breathe as I look through your daring, Dramatic, Dreamy images! Kate is gorgeous and you capture her beauty and energy and that of the island that you love so artfully! xxoo Kate.

    • barbtoyama said:

      Awww Kate, you are so kind. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  • Sandra said:

    Und wieder wundervolle fotos vom kleinen Nasenbären! da möchte ich doch gleich mitsändelen und mit-den-wellen-entlanglaufen!
    geniesst eure zeit miteiander!

    • barbtoyama said:

      Danke vielmal für deine lieben Worte Sandra. Wir wünschen auch du könntest mitsändeln und und plantschen! Nur noch 7.5 Monate :)