Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Haleakala Shadow

The first morning after we arrived in Maui, Eileen and I got into the Jeep Wrangler and drove up to the top of Haleakala mountain.  From there we were supposed to see a great sunrise.  We got up around 2:30am to beat traffic and got there around 4am.  The sun wasn't due to be up for two hours.  I hoped that there would be some great nighttime starlight shots to get, but those hopes got dashed.  It was actually very cloudy at the top, the wind was blowing about 40mph and it was about 35 degrees F.  It was cold!  So, we just stayed in the Jeep and slept until just before sunrise.  However, the sun never broke through the clouds.  We ended up driving down the mountain until we got thru the cloud deck and pulled over to a scenic outlook.  That's where I got this shot.

You can see the shadow of Haleakala cast over the rest of the island!  Also, it was during a blue moon and you can see the moon adds a nice little accent to the image!  It was a great view, but still wish we could have seen the sun from the very top!

Kihei - the city we stayed in - is along the coastline in the lower left portion of the shot.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by. 

More about Haleakala from Wikipedia
Haleakalā (/ˌhɑːlˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian: [ˈhɐlɛˈjɐkəˈlaː]), or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.

Haleakala Shadow
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