The Lava Coast of Hana, Maui

lava coast of Hana, Maui - black sand beach

 

The lava coast of Hana, Maui can be some spectacular sightseeing, especially when the weather is stormy and/or there is high surf as it was during this visit. When visiting Hana, the weather is what it is, and you get what you get. The above photograph is of the very popular black sand beach a few miles outside Hana in Wainapanapa State Park. The aerial drone footage below was taken just outside Hana Town and represents the kind of scenery one sees, though often not from the vantage point of a flying camera off shore….

Only about 50 miles from the industrial center of the island, the infamous ‘road to Hana’ can take  2+ hours to drive there. Along the way, through the rain forest, around the many bends and curves, and over dozens of bridges, watch for waterfalls. And, when you do finally get to Hana, relax, and enjoy the pristine, rural atmosphere of this paradise island location.

 


 

Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu on the south shore of Maui is a beautiful stretch of white sand beach with clear blue waters and coral reefs ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding, not to mention a barefoot walk upon the shoreline sand….

Aerial drone photography now allows for easy access to video footage of any number of locations which would otherwise be practically unavailable. Enjoy this short 3 minute video of a popular Maui beach.


 

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands, a National Wildlife Reserve, is a 700 acre home to a variety of Hawaiian waterbirds. The Reserve was established in 1992 and is a natural basin for the 56-mile watershed in the West Maui Mountains. A boardwalk over ponded areas allows close-up viewing of native Hawaiian waterbird species as well as migratory waterbirds who come from as far away as Asia, Canada, and Alaska. The ponds were initially created by entrepreneurs beginning an aquaculture catfish venture which closed in 1995. Subsequently the ponds were restored by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands Reserve supports one of the largest concentrations of wetland birds in Hawai`i. It is an important breeding, feeding, and resting area for endangered Hawaiian Stilts and Hawaiian Coots, and the refuge was created to protect these two species in particular. During spring and summer when water levels recede, the refuge may harbor almost half the entire population of Hawaiian Stilts. Kealia Pond also supports a variety of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl from August-April. Some species occur primarily during migration, but others are present throughout the winter months. Over 30 additional species of migrants use the wetland on a regular basis, and numerous vagrants have appeared over the years, making Kealia Pond one of the top sites for wetland birding in Hawai`i.

Maui's Kealia Wetlands

The large central pond undergoes an annual cycle of flooding in winter and drying in summer. The hydrological and biological changes associated with this cycle are important in maintaining a healthy wetland. Water depth ranges from approximately 20 cm in summer to 145 cm in winter. The variable water depth and extensive mudflats that surround the pond provide valuable foraging habitat for a variety of birds. Several small islands provide predator-free nesting habitat, and additional nesting habitat is present among shoreline vegetation that surrounds the pond.

More information about the Kealia Wetlands can be found at the Audobon Website

Additional images of the boardwalk and beach can be found on a previous post.

Maui's Kealia Wetlands


 

Buckeye, Arizona

Buckeye, Arizona is the western most suburb of Phoenix, 30 miles away. Largely an agricultural area, it is developing, as suburban areas tend to do. But, agriculture remains one of the dominant uses of land in the area, as depicted in the short aerial drone video above.

“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds – it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.” – Allan Savory


 

Red Rock Landscapes of Sedona, Arizona

A picture postcard sample of the stunning red rock landscapes  found in the Sedona, Arizona area. Scroll down to view an audio-visual slideshow of this geological wonderland.

red rock landscapes of sedona arizona

Sedona, Arizona, is a uniquely scenic area showcasing stunning geological formations, and the subject of many a photograph, by myriad photographers. While visiting a friend in Phoenix, I had a little time to drive around Sedona and capture some images. Sometimes, photography is about what you get, in terms of weather, lighting, time of day. In this case, I was offered a partially overcast sky with scattered clouds giving a nice, soft, diffused lighting effect.

“The deep red color for which Sedona is famous is due to the presence of hematite (iron oxide, otherwise known as rust) that stains the sandstone of the Schnebly Hill and Hermit Shale layers. The steepness of the terrain is due the fact that the top layers of the strata are composed of basalt and limestone, which are harder than the underlying sandstone. Water running off the edge of the escarpment eats away at the lower layers, creating the shear cliffs. Eventually enough soft material is weatherd away that it undercuts the cap layer, which subsequently breaks off in large slabs and falls into the canyons. This exposes new soft material and the process starts again, with the cliff face now twenty-odd feet further north than it was before.” –  Arizonaruins.com

The Red Rock Landscapes of Sedona, Arizona Audio-Visual Slideshow