Archive for January, 2012

It was 50F at the summit and was t-shirt and shorts weather in the crater. One of the popular day hikes is a 12mile trail that starts at the summit (10,020ft), descends down sliding sands and goes through the crater, passing cinder cones, the silversword loop and Holua cabin and campsite at 6940ft, then it ascends up the Halemau’u  trailhead also known as the switchbacks, over rainbow bridge, and ends at the carpark at 8000ft. Weather can change dramatically very quickly, so hikers are advised to prepare well.

Maui spotted doves and dogs love the camera.

This spotted dove was posing on a wall of one of the many single lane bridges on the road to Hana, on Maui’s North Shore. They are very common on Maui, along with the smaller zebra doves. Often seen feeding on the roads causing approaching traffic to slow down because they are pretty slow in flying off .

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Maui Sunset and Moonrise

Even the Pueo (Hawaiian Owl) came along to check out the sunset..

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And even the rising moon was worth getting the camera and tripod out for.

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Hookipa Waves – Big and Blue

Hookipa wasn’t very  busy because all the SUP’s, surfers, windsurfers and kiters that could brave these conditions were at Jaws  instead. But Hookipas waves were beautiful and great fun to photograph. The waves were huge all along the coastline on Mauis Northshore. After last nights rain though, I didnt even attempt to visit Jaws beacuse the tracks through the pineapple fields would not have been negotiable in my car. Never mind – there’ll be another time..  

Black Noddy targets annoying crab

The funniest thing happened while I was photographing a Black Noddy sitting on a small rock island off the cliffs at Hookipa in Maui. The Noddy had just landed, and the landing had caught my interest so  I went to investigate. He wasn’t bothered by me getting closer and closer until I was right at the edge of the cliff and couldn’t get any closer. I setup my tripod and began to photograph. The Black Noddy was sharing the rock with some fairly large crabs. One crab kept venturing a bit too close for the Noddy’s liking and presumably began to irritate it. The Noddy did a 180 degree turn, which surprised me, he now had his back to the crab, and as the Noddy began to crouch down a little I recognised the body language and realised the Noddy was preparing to defecate. What I didn’t realise until I had taken my series of photographs of the action, was that the Noddy had actually taken careful aim and accurately hit its target spot on. How clever.

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