Archive for December, 2011

Maui Rainbows on the North Side

There are often stunning rainbows on Maui’s Northshore, due to the North side being the rainier side. But its not usually solid rain all day long unless a storm is passing through, its mostly more like short sharp showers which  pass over quickly because they are driven by the trade winds. The sun often comes out between the showers creating tall rainbows and short rainbows depending on the time of day. The higher the sun, the lower the rainbows seem to be. I took this photograph just before then next really black cloud came along to blot out the sun behind me when the heavens opened. I had to make a run for it to keep the camera dry.

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Maui Photography Book – AVAILABLE NOW from Costco Stores in Hawaii !!!

I’m thrilled !!!  I’ve had two Maui photographs selected  for the NEW,  just published,  coffee table book called  “Absolute Maui”

“Absolute Maui” contains 175 stunning photographs of Maui, taken by 32 photographers. We were selected from 50 photographers and our 175 images selected from 9500 photographs.

“Absolute Maui” is available for purchase from Hawaiin Costco’s at a great price of $28 (RRP is $45). It will also be available from Amazon in a couple of weeks.

I’ve been asked by Mutual publishing to be available at the Maui Costco store for a session of book signing along with some of the other lucky photographers on the 5th December,  which is tomorrow, but I couldn’t stay away and popped in to Costco today, and met some of the other photographers who had also been successfull in getting some of their photographs published in ‘Absolute Maui’ .  

More about “ABSOLUTE MAUI” – extract from Mutual Publishing’s Press release


In these times, it is comforting to know that some things remain the same—the timeless, inspiring beauty of soulful Maui, as revealed by Absolute Maui, the first new oversized coffee table book about the island in over ten years.

Absolute Maui is a photographer’s book, developed by asking Maui’s leading photographers to submit their best images that capture the look and feel of 21st century Maui.

Of the more than 9,000 images submitted, 175 were selected to appear in Absolute Maui. They represent 27 Maui photographers (and four who have visited Maui frequently over the years).

The photography reflects the best of the best, revealing perfect moments frozen in time, breathtaking images, scenic moods and feelings. Each image was selected because it was either splendidly colorful, masterfully composed, exquisitely vivid, sharply focused, richly detailed, or brimming over with reverence, elation, and soulfulness.

Considered individually, each says something both timely and timeless about the island. Viewed collectively, the photography forms a composite portrait of Maui as seen by those best able to capture it visually—its foremost contemporary photographers.

Also unique about Absolute Maui is how the images are organized. There is a Maui from an aerial perspective, a Maui from a walker’s perspective, and a nature lover’s Maui that incorporates conservation efforts. The Maui most familiar to its longtime residents is revealed in the “Maui Ways” chapter showing famous local eateries, festive fairs, parades, cowboys, dancers, and music makers.

The “Hawaiian Ways” chapter of Mauians of Hawaiian ancestry imbues their cultural practices with the solemnity befitting an ancient lineage. This is one of the first-ever modern four color treatments of this theme in a Hawai‘i book.

Absolute Maui was inspired by the award winning Maui On My Mind (Mutual 1985) and by Robert Wenkam’s Maui: The Last Hawaiian Place (Friends of the Earth 1971), both now considered classics. It thus provides an update to an island timeless in its beauty.

10 x 12 inches
232 Pages
175 Photographs
Padded Hardcover
French fold Jacket

Suggested retail $45.00
Available wherever books are sold

Photo editor Douglas Peebles, Writer Tom Stevens
Mutual Publishing, established in 1974, is one of Hawai‘i’s largest trade publishing houses.

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Check out my Maui Birds Gallery and some other Maui Wildlife Photography

What a beautiful start to December…There was not a single breath of wind outside this morning – thats really unusual. So many flowers still had last nights raindrops hanging from them.  With the sun out in the blue sky, and the raindrops hanging motionless from petals,  the flowers were glittering around me everywhere. I rushed back inside to get my Macro lens and monopod and hit the shutter button about 200 times… What a sparkling morning its been..

View these and more Macro Photographs in my Maui Macro Flowers Gallery

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