Hello Friends and Family,

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Happy Anniversary

It is hard to believe but about a week ago, I celebrated my seventh anniversary of retirement from Hewlett-Packard Co. What better way to celebrate than to revisit some of my favorite images from the last 12 month of LAHP.

In October 2011, I was still on Maui and sharing photos of the old Pali Highway that until 1951, carried all vehicle traffic from central Maui to Lahaina and back. I was amazed that some of the asphalt was still in decent shape — more expected were other areas where the grass and keawe trees were growing up through the cracks in the old asphalt. Loved the views — although drivers at the time could not allow themselves to be distracted — too dangerous.

In November, I shared photos from the Maui County Fair. One of the best parts of the fair from a photography standpoint was capturing the people of Maui — such as this cute little girl with the those beautiful big eyes.

In December, I shared some nighttime photos from the fair — such as the Ferris Wheel, here stationary — but you may also recall some of the fun photos of the rides in motion with a long exposure times.

Come January, LAHP featured the plants of the Kula Botanical Garden. This image is a Pincushion Protea. I love the various species of Protea because they are so different from the flowers which are more commonly seen. Almost alien, you might say.

Then in February, I shared the photos of the huge waves I witnessed at the far end of La Perouse Bay. I have never seen waves this big on Maui before — although there is a place called Jaws on the road to Hana which is known for even bigger waves — so big that one has to use a tow from a jet ski to catch the wave. That is definitely on my bucket list.

A change of pace in March with a panoramic view of Napili Bay. This is the spot where I want my ashes spread once I pass away. What a great place to spend the rest of eternity! Click here to see the larger version.

April brought a scanned image of promotional materials for Kapalua from when it was new. At that time it was a Rockresort, catering to the rich and famous. Here the photo of the very new, Arnold Palmer-designed Bay Course. Today the trees are bigger — much bigger, in fact — but otherwise it looks much the same.

By May, I was sharing the collection of Packards at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Auto Museum. This photo shows the oldest vehicle in the collection and my personal favorite, a 1909, model "18" Gentleman's Runabout Speedster. The original price was $3,200 which, at the time, was more than the cost of the average house. This is a very rare model with only four known to exist.

That is my dad in the background of whom only one is known to exist.

In June, I shared photos of Fort Lauderdale from the waterways that wander all over the coastal part of the city. Near the spot where we caught the Water Taxi is the Stranahan House — standing on its original location now surrounded with large modern commercial and residential buildings. It was built in 1901 as a trading post where Frank Stranahan operated a barge ferry across the river. It evolved into a post office, community center and town hall as Frank became Fort Lauderdale's first postmaster, banker, and businessman. He married another early pioneer, Ivy Julia Cromartie, the area's first school teacher, and it was not long before dances and community festivals were held on the upper floor of the house. In 1906, it became the Stranahan's personal residence and remained so until Ivy Stranahan's death in 1971.

We are lucky that it has survived — most of Fort Lauderdale's historical structures have been lost to termites, hurricanes and development.

For July, I shared photos from Fan Fest 2010 which was in conjunction with the MLB All Star Game played in Phoenix. Proudly on display is the World Series Trophy from 2001 when the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the hated New York Yankees. What a memorable time!

August brought the last few days of summer vacation for my little buddy, Johnny — or as I like to call him in this photo, Johnny Cool. We spent the day at a local park — great fun for both us even with the heat of an Arizona summer.

I wrapped up the year in September with a visit to Jerome, specifically the old Gold Mine and Ghost town. It is truly a photographer's dream location with so many old artifacts to shoot. My favorite was the old boots in the shoe repair shop.

I hope you enjoyed year seven. I am looking forward to year eight.


Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com