Silverswords

Plants are not something I normally photograph but this is an exception.  The Silverswords is found only within a 250 acre area on Mount Haleakala, on the island of Maui. It lives 10-50 years and ends it’s life when this stalk grows to 6 feet high and creates hundreds of red flowers.  I’ve seen this plant in that state two years ago but have never seen the beginning of that growth as represented in this photo.  There are two very small Silverwoods to the left and right that are just starting their cycle.

Haleakala
Haleakala

The Backside of Haleakala

Today I spent the morning in Haleakala National Park.  After spending time on Maui’s coast, the crater is a dramatic contrast. We went from sea level to 10,023 feet and experienced a temperature change from 86° to 51°. Most everyone shoots the crater itself, as did I, but what the light did to the volcanic rocks, the floor below, and clouds on the backside was too good to pass up.

Maui
Maui