022 - Hawaii: The Big Island
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Updated - December 2016 / with color photos
Explore rain forests, black sand beaches, and snow-covered peaks on Hawaii's Big Island. Find the best places to photograph lava flows on Mauna Loa and waterfalls deep in the tropical jungles. This newsletter has details on shooting the sunken cauldera in the Volcano area, the Hilo area, the Parker Ranch area, and the Kona area.
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Rain forests, black sand beaches, volcanoes, and snow-covered peaks are a few of the reasons I return to photograph the big island of Hawaii. The largest of the Hawaiian Islands is like a small continent. There are endangered species of rare birds in the mountains. Humpback whales can be photographed offshore. Exotic blossoms cover jungles of trees lining the slopes of deep canyons. Some of the island's coastlines are almost always sunny and dry. A few miles away, hundreds of inches of rain keep waterfalls flowing all year around. The peak of Mauna Kea may be covered with winter snow. Eruptions on the slopes of Mauna Loa send rivers of molten lava down the southern slopes and into the Pacific.
This newsletter directs you to the best places to photograph lava flows on Mauna Loa and waterfalls deep in the tropical jungles. A map points out all the best places on the loop road around the island plus many of the back roads that will take you down to remote beaches or into the mountains to photograph rare birds. My favorite tropical botanical garden, and the trail to the remote Pololu Valley, are revealed in this newsletter.