Photography 101: Landscape – Pailoa Bay, Maui

Pailoa Bay, Maui

Today’s Photo 101 is all about landscapes, and Maui is a godsend for nature photographers. There are so many places, I actually had trouble choosing one photo! I ultimately settled on this shot from Pailoa Bay, near the end of the Road To Hana. And no, those colors were not photoshopped or filtered. Those brilliant green plants, sparkling blue ocean, and black beaches are exactly what Pailoa Bay looks like. I actually teared up a bit when I first saw it; this niche of unspoiled nature still remains one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art, Or: Lava Tube Skylight

Hana Lava Tube Skylight

There’s an ancient lava tube in the outskirts of Hana, Hawaii. You need a flashlight to get through most of it, but there are a few, gorgeous points at which the sun manages to pierce the depths. For some reason, this photo makes me think of the cover of a nature magazine, or an album of soothing nature sounds.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag, Or: The Road To Hana

The Road To Hana

You want to talk zigzags? Try the legendary Road To Hana in Maui. This photo doesn’t do it nearly enough justice. Over 50 miles long with 620 curves and 59 bridges (many of which are one-lane)…and pavement just big enough for a two-lane road. This incredible feat of engineering allows people to drive along one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Where else can you see unspoiled jungle from your car? I was speechless when I saw it. If the Road To Hana isn’t on your bucket list, you need to add it.

Beneath Hana

Hana Lava Tube Entrance

As you reach the outskirts of Hana, you might notice a sign pointing toward the Hana Lava Tube. To get into the cavern, you have to climb down a curved set of stairs built into a hill. It’s teeming with vegetation and moisture; you’d never think something so beautiful and lush was hiding right under your feet! It reminded me of the Metroid series, for some reason…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts, Or: Pailoa Bay

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Pailoa Bay

Pailoa Bay is a stunning contrast of colors. Brilliant blue water, bright and lush green flora…and sheer black beaches. I’ll never forget it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room, Or: In The Hana Lava Tube

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Room, Or: In The Hana Lava Tube

Because nothing says room quite like a 1,000 year-old quarter-mile underground tube made from lava. This is just one part of a short, but sweet tour. Just as a frame of reference, the tip of that rocky outcropping at the bottom is nearly 5 feet tall.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art, Or: Pailoa Bay, Hawaii

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Worf of Art, Or: Pailoa Bay, Hawaii

Humanity has produced some incredible art throughout its history. However, Mother Nature trumps them all in raw beauty and spectacle. This was taken last week at Pailoa Bay, along the legendary Road To Hana. I thought places like this only existed in postcards. But that’s exactly what it looks like, no color filters or tweaking at all! If you love nature photography at all, put this – and the Road To Hana entirely – on your bucket list.

I seriously didn’t want to leave.

Zip-lining On Maui

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Hey, folks. Glad to be back. I spent last week on Maui. It was my first time there, so I was sure to do and see tons of stuff. One of which was zip-lining at Twin Falls, just a few miles into the Road to Hana. I managed to record part of the course. It was the most exhilarating thing I’d done in recent memory. How about you?