I’ve shown you the backside of the crater and the other craters within the National Park. This is the big one everyone goes to see.
Haleakala gets all of the attention but there are other craters in the system as well. They are from left to right Ka Moa o Pele, Pu’u o Maui, Pu’u o Pele, Kamoal’i, Ka Lu’u o Ka O.
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.
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.