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