I knew Kauai was supposed to be spectacular, but nothing prepared me for the emotional response I would have when setting eyes upon it for the first time.
Unless you've been there, it's difficult to describe the sentiments that flood through you as you take in the lush, flowery landscape, the majestic cliffs and mountains, the vibrant colors surrounding you.
What made it even more spectacular was the interchange between gorgeous sunlight and misty rain. The effect was quite breathtaking, and that is a word I rarely bestow unless truly deserved.
This photo was taken on day one of our vacation, after leaving the Lihue Airport and heading to the North Shore. It was an unexpected yet memorable first encounter that has left a lasting impression.