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Haleakala
Maui, HI
Posted Tue 20 November 2007
Shot November 2007
27 images
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Very early morning... got up at 3:15a and drove from about one foot above sea level to slightly over 10,000 feet at the summit overlooking the crater at Haleakala. Haleakala is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Temps that morning were around 40 degrees at the summit... But, the sky was completely clear with a nice layer of clouds below us. After an hour of hanging out in the bitter cold (did I also mention it was extremely windy?) shooting as many pictures as I could of the sun rising slowly from under the spilling clouds below, I packed things up at around 6:45a and hiked back to the car. Around 9am our horses and guide showed up and by 10:30 we were off on a six hour eight-mile ride down 2500' to the crater floor and back. Due to the rockiness of the terrain, there were several sections that were really more "bouldering" than trail, but the horses were sure-footed and had no trouble navigating down to the floor. We stopped at the bottom for a spot of lunch before returning to the top. By 4:00p we were headed back down the mountain through the building clouds and fog to Kihei by way of Kahului.
Distant glow of the sun over the horizon at Haleakala Crater
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Glow over Haleakala Crater
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Self portrait of me freezing my ass off waiting for the sunrise
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Sun begins to rise over Haleakala Crater
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Sunrise
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180 degree view
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Sunrise shadows
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Kit pauses to shoot from the summit of Haleakala
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Looking west toward central Maui from 10,000 feet
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Start of the trail dropping 2500' into the crater
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Haleakala Crater
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On the trail
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Crater with Silver Swords in the foreground
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Fisheye view from the horse
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Kit and I pause for a picture
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Getting close to the floor of the crater
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