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

Don’t Fence Me In

That’s the title of an old western song that was a favorite of my dad’s and these barbed wire fences are fun to photograph when I find them. This location is one that I visited two years ago.  Hookipa Beach is a popular surfing area with an overlook to watch the surfers. On the back side of the overlook is a steep  trail to the ocean which is bordered by this western fence.

Hookipa Beach, Maui
Hookipa Beach, Maui

Waimoku Falls

These falls are found at the end of the Pipiwai trail inside Haleakala National Park.  They’re at the end of a 2 mile hike with a gently up slope.  The water falls 400 feet and to get them all in you need a wide angle lens and be some distance away. 

Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park

Bamboo Forest

The Pipiwai Trail in the Haleakala National Park at Oheo Gulch has a section of dense Bamboo.  The park has tried to make the hike a little easier by putting in steps seen here and walkways in many of the wet and muddy areas.

Haleakala National Park, Maui
Haleakala National Park, Maui

Happy Easter

There are two ways to drive to Hana.  The regular way, which is an adventure, and the back way that the car rental agencies tell you not to use.  If you listened to them you would not get to see the St Joseph Catholic Church which was established in 1862.  It is near the town of Kaupo which is nearly deserted but for a few small cattle ranchers and a small store.

Kaupo, Maui
Kaupo, Maui

 

Baby Bamboo

The Pipiwai trail hike is located in the Haleakala National Park at Oheo Gulch. It is a 4 mile round trip hike up a valley to the falls.  On the way you walk through a bamboo forest so thick you rarely see sunshine.  I happened upon these baby bamboo plants just as the sun hit them.  I have other shots of the forest and the falls which I’ll post later but wanted to show how this simple shot turned out.

Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park

Public and Private

Most people stop to watch the surfers from Maui’s Hookipa Beach Lookout which is fun to do. If, however, you walk around the corner  to the right  there a trail down to lava rocks and the crashing sea.  What I found interesting was this old barbed wire fence that separates the public portion and the adjacent private property.
Hookipa Beach Lookout, Maui
Hookipa Beach Lookout, Maui