Waves as blue as a crooner’s eyes. The white pillow heavens hovering, hugging and in the distance — Mother Nature’s big bath and its insipid twin. It seems too rich, too brushed to be a document taken from the real, rather than the virtual world. It appears too orchestrated and intentional. Too indigo. Too ethereal. Icing. Blue velvet cake. White caps jumping like fleeting backup dancers. All of it. The whole thing: a mirror for the sun?
It’s a helicopter taking sweeping aerial footage of RIMPAC 2016 — the “world’s largest international maritime exercise”. What you’re about to witness is 40 naval vessels from more than a dozen different nations tearing through the big bad Pacific Ocean — a vision even the best Hollywood animators couldn’t duplicate …
The whole exercise is headquartered at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The participants: Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and, yes, the Unites States of America.