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

Public and Private

Most people stop to watch the surfers from Maui’s Hookipa Beach Lookout which is fun to do. If, however, you walk around the corner  to the right  there a trail down to lava rocks and the crashing sea.  What I found interesting was this old barbed wire fence that separates the public portion and the adjacent private property.
Hookipa Beach Lookout, Maui

Hookipa Beach Lookout, Maui

Lanai

The rising sun just hitting Lanai this morning. Taken from this rocky beach on Ka’anapali.

Maui

Maui

Rainbow Eucalyptus

On the left side of the road at mile marker 7 on the road to Hana there is a large stand of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees.  Although all the trees have blue, yellow, green, and red the intensity of the colors differ in some cases as you can see from these two photos.

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

 

Kaanapali Beach

I’m visiting Maui again and took a early morning walk along the shore.  The catamarans in the backgrount take the snorkelers out each day to the various reefs.

Maui

Maui

 

Yucca Torreyi

The Torry Yucca was in vivid bloom last week in the Arizona desert near Sedona.  The bloom is about 2 feet tall.  This species was named for John Torrey (1796-1873), the Columbia University botanist, who designated this yucca as a new variety in 1859.

Arizona Desert

Arizona Desert

Good Morning Bell Rock

Having grown up in Sedona and with family still living in the area I get there often.  I always devote one morning watching the sun rise on Bell Rock.

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Ludlow Falls

According to my map the Olympic Peninsula has 29 waterfalls.  They all require some level of walking or hiking.  Some harder than others.  Ludlow Falls is an easy one as the trail is well maintained and not too far or steep.  In the typical nanny state  fashion there is a large green fence that “protects’ you from falling in and/or getting too close.  In order to get a clean shot you have to pre-focus,  compose,  then raise your tripod higher than you can reach and use the remote release. This photo is of the upper end of the falls.  In order to get the lower end you would have to wade upstream and around the fence.  That would be better done in the summer.  This day was very cold.

 

Port Ludlow, WA

Port Ludlow, WA

Pond of Green

I went back to the Bloedel Reserve to see if the plants where in bloom but I was early.  Another month according to the agronomist I talked with.  However, while wondering around I found a pond that I had missed on the first visit.

Bloedel Reserve, WA

Bloedel Reserve, WA

 

Bus Stop

I returned last night from another fine trip this time exploring the East side of the Olympic Peninsula.  This bus stop in just off the main road (Highway 305) between Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo.  The rain sure helps things grow.

Poulsbo, WA

Poulsbo, WA

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