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

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

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