Drought

 Shell Creek is an hour drive northeast of me and in the spring it is a landscape photographers paradise.  This year, with the lack of rain, it was very different.  Normally this area would be full of yellow, blue, and red wild flowers and water would be running in the creek.  You can see that nature tried very hard.  I hope to post a comparison post this time next spring to show the difference.

Shell Creek, CA
Shell Creek, CA

 

 

 

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

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

Between Storms

At long last we got some rain last night with more to come on Friday and Saturday.  This morning I wanted to see what the ocean looked like. Had to wade to this outcropping to get the angle I wanted.  Tried different things but long exposure worked the best.  This was taken with a ND filter at 12sec.

Spyglass Beach, CA
Spyglass Beach, CA