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Pe'epe'e Fall, Hawaii

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 21 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Hilo, Hawaii is the wettest city in the United States. While the frequent rain requires a bit of planning before venturing out with a camera, any inconvenience is more than compensated by the area's abundance of plummeting waterfalls, verdant jungles, and flowering foliage. I chose this image as my first post following my just completed week-long trip exploring Hawaii's Big Island because it so accurately conveys the island's ubiquitous beauty. I'm not kidding when I say scenes like this are almost routine.

Gorgeous scenery or not, as far as I'm concerned, Hawaii has the best weather in the world. For someone who disdains cold (I think snow is a great thing to visit), I'm fortunate to be California born and raised. Our dry summers, snow-free winters, and year-round warmth were made to order for my baseball playing proclivities, but since my Major League aspirations were dashed years ago I've found myself secretly jealous of the dynamic weather the rest of the world seems to enjoy. If only I could have California's beauty and warmth and Oklahoma's (or Iowa's, or Ohio's, or New Jersey's, or wherever's) dramatic skies.

Then I met Hawaii. Year-round warmth, daily (or so it seems) rain and blue sky, rainbows, shafting sunlight, towering cumulus, colorful sunsets--pretty much any sky a photographer could ask for. Oh yeah, and some pretty amazing scenery too.

My original interest in the Big Island was the volcanoes, which are every bit as spectacular as I'd imagined. My July visit with Don Smith focused more on the current Kilauea eruption, with trips to photograph the bubbling summit caldera and the advancing lava along Highway 130 near Pahoa. But I'm a sucker for lush scenery and saw enough of the tropical beauty surrounding Hilo to know I wanted to return. So return I did, this time to scout locations for my September 2011 workshop.

I made a token visit to Kilauea (the highlight being a non-photographic stroll through an amazing lava tube in Volcanoes National Park). The rest of my time on the Big Island was spent exploring the saturated south and east slopes of Mauna Kea, where bougainvillea and hibiscus grow wild and there are so many waterfalls that (as far as I could tell) they don't even bother to name them all. I also found the most amazing (sorry if all this sounds like hyperbole but I'm running out of adjectives) botanical garden, where I'm convinced I could (no hyperbole) conduct an entire four-day workshop without leaving the grounds.

But anyway, I'm home now, ramping up for my fall workshops and wondering when I'll have time to get to all my Hawaii images. Fall is my favorite season for photography, but I'm afraid I'm going to get photographic whiplash bouncing between my California fall and Hawaii lush images. But life's good.

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Mike from California, United States

Looks like another great location to explore...Your workshop participants are sure to have a abundance of things to photograph !

21 Sep 2010 6:02am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

All these tones of greens are so beautiful... it must be heaven on heart there ! Have a nice day Gary :)

21 Sep 2010 8:07am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Lush beauty and verdant splendor .... in a gorgeous spot.

21 Sep 2010 12:31pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This indeed looks as if there are SO many possibilities for wonderful photographs!

21 Sep 2010 2:08pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I have only been to Hawaii once, and that was Oahu. But after a few hikes, even on that "busy" island, I think I know how you feel. The Big Island is the one that I have always wanted to visit. Any workshop participant who makes this planned trip with you, will benefit in countless ways. I guess the "grass is greener" concept hits us all, but by golly, Hawaii definitlely is really up there in that category. Thank you so much for your wonderful words, and always inspirational images, Gary!

21 Sep 2010 2:20pm

Nirav Shah from United States

Excellent! Perfectly lit foreground and background.

21 Sep 2010 8:01pm

Jeannie from United States

Amazing photo, Gary!

22 Sep 2010 2:56am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Stunning composition! Love the lush color and textures! Very nice light to this! Fabulous!!!

22 Sep 2010 3:31am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very lush surroundings and very nicely captured with superb sharpness! i can see every leaf, branch and flower, which altogether form a wonderful mosaic!

22 Sep 2010 4:17am

Joe from Frederick, United States

Gary - Glad you went to Hawaii. I have a time-share on Maui and have been to four of the Islands. I sure you noticed as I did, none of the Islands are the same. The scenery is so totally different from Island to Island. I have video of the eruption on the Big Island and friends that have seen it are amazed!!! Good to hear you enjoyed your trip to "God's Country".

22 Sep 2010 1:52pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

maybe it`s a very common scene there,but you get sensitive eyes,the colors are full of joys and your composition is quite graceful!!cheers

23 Sep 2010 12:25am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

You know you can have some Illinois winter if you can't transition between California and Hawaii smoothly enough. Me thinks you doth protesteth molehills ;) This truly looks like a tropical paradise. I can imagine if they get all that rain and the water just runs off that a lot of the falls maybe aren't even true falls but temporary run-offs? I could be wrong. I don't think all of Minnesota's lakes are named either.

23 Sep 2010 1:36am

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice for sure! The falls in the background, the reflection in water and the colors of flowers and greenery!

24 Sep 2010 5:03pm

Jen from United States

Beautiful image! I love the subtle lines that draw my eye up through the scene to finally rest on the falls.

24 Sep 2010 9:57pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolies couleurs, les verts sont très beaux.

10 Oct 2010 8:48pm