Okinawa

Zanpa Point is one of the many iconic parks in Okinawa, and a great place to spend an afternoon walking.  The water is also incredibly clear off the cliffs there, we had around 200 ft visibility when we free dove it.
Zanpa Point is one of the many iconic parks in Okinawa, and a great place to spend an afternoon walking. The water is also incredibly clear off the cliffs there, we had around 200 ft visibility when we free dove it.
Tadake Falls is a great little waterfall up towards the northern end of the island.  If you go during the summer months, be prepared for a conga line all the way up.  This was from my first trip up in May 2011.  A month later and it was so packed you couldn't take a picture without at least a half dozen people in the frame in any direction.
Tadake Falls is a great little waterfall up towards the northern end of the island. If you go during the summer months, be prepared for a conga line all the way up. This was from my first trip up in May 2011. A month later and it was so packed you couldn’t take a picture without at least a half dozen people in the frame in any direction.
The route up to Tadake falls is the streambed.  One of the most fun approaches I've found to a waterfall, and one that definitely keeps you paying attention.  A nice, short hike with plenty of cool water to keep you from getting too hot.
The route up to Tadake falls is the streambed. One of the most fun approaches I’ve found to a waterfall, and one that definitely keeps you paying attention. A nice, short hike with plenty of cool water to keep you from getting too hot.

I was lucky to be stationed in Okinawa, Japan from 2009-2012.  Not the dream posting for most infantry Marines, it linked me up with a good job and an opportunity to explore and live on a subtropical island.  I found Okinawa to be an incredible place, and Okinawans to be great hosts.  If it weren’t such a long, expensive flight to get there I’d love to go back once a year to visit.  Most of what I focused on in Okinawa were the landscapes – sunsets, ocean scenes, etc.  Out of respect (and because I just don’t feel very comfortable photographing people I don’t know, even with permission), I didn’t do any portrait work there.  For any of you out there that enjoy diving – GO.  Started out our diving in Okinawa set the bar really, really high.

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