Weekly Photo Challenge: A World Of Orange

This week’s challenge requires lots of orange-themed photos, so I thought I’d look back at some of my travels over the past year…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular, Or: Kula Garden Trail

Kula Garden Trail

This week’s challenge is all about angles, and this shot from the Kula Botanical Garden instantly came to mind. Located on the lower slopes of Haleakala, the garden boasts a huge assortment of flowers and plants, as well as koi pond that’s just out of frame on the left. Oh, and don’t worry if it’s raining. The place is still gorgeous even during a downpour…

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: Achievement, Or: Haleakala Summit

This week’s challenge is all about achievement, so I immediately thought of my time on Haleakala. It’s an ancient volcano that comprises the majority of Maui, Hawaii. I didn’t realize just how tall it was until I started the trip up its slopes. Green plains and lush forests gave way to rocky outcroppings and sparse vegetation. The weather at sea level was pleasant enough, but I soon found myself in the thick of nasty rainstorm. Utterly drenched from head to toe – my camera suffering a little water damage – I finally reached the top. 10,023 feet up, all in a drive that took two hours. It was the highest location on the planet on which I’ve ever been (not counting flights, of course), and I spent a few minutes taking it all in. I stood on Puʻu ʻUlaʻula, AKA the Red Hill. The flooded, rocky abyss resembled the Moon more than Earth. Fittingly, there’s an astronomical observatory just down the road…that’s closed to the public. Hopefully, at least the skies will be clear the next time I go.

Photography 101: The Natural World – Under The Canopy

Under The Jungle Canopy

Today’s Photo 101 is all about nature. Luckily, that particular subject is right up my alley; I tend to be adventurous when I travel. Be it the peak of Gibraltar, Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, Aruba’s Shark’s Mouth, the road to and caverns near Hana, hiking Mount Diablo, the slopes of Haleakala, the black sands of Pailoa Bay, or even just a flower in the rain, I’m there. This particular photo is one of several I took in Maui’s rainforest trail at Honolua

*Sighs* Great memories.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist, Or: Empty Table

Empty Table

This week’s challenge is all about minimalism, so this photo of an empty table at the Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Gardens comes to mind.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bark or Leaves – Rainforest Vines Aplenty

Honolua Vines

The Honolua Bay area on Maui is the greenest place I’ve ever visited. Just a brief hike off the road can plunge you into the rainforest. It’s wet, muddy, and utterly gorgeous. The seemingly endless amount of leaves was perfect for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge.