Silverswords

Plants are not something I normally photograph but this is an exception.  The Silverswords is found only within a 250 acre area on Mount Haleakala, on the island of Maui. It lives 10-50 years and ends it’s life when this stalk grows to 6 feet high and creates hundreds of red flowers.  I’ve seen this plant in that state two years ago but have never seen the beginning of that growth as represented in this photo.  There are two very small Silverwoods to the left and right that are just starting their cycle.

Haleakala
Haleakala

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

Room with a View

We had the good fortune to wake up to this view every morning during our stay in Rome.  In the foreground is the old city wall and the white structure to the right of the intersection is the entrance to the Villa Borghese Gardens and Museum.

Rome
Rome