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House of the Sun

Haleakalā NP, HI

My first photo from Maui! Haleakalā is a 10,000 foot volcano that makes up nearly all of the island. It was a long, steep drive to get to the top. Perhaps the most difficult part was leaving the perfect Hawai’ian weather at the base of the island into temperatures in the 30s with gusty wind and even a little bit of snow (people were building little snowmen). This photo is at sunset (check out the volcano’s shadow in the distance), but I also came out a couple of hours before sunrise the next day and nearly froze my fingers off. We had plans to backpack into the crater and stay for a night, but we were not prepared for the cold that met us so we decided against it. The national park extends all the way down to the coast where we decided to spend more time (and also I got some pretty cool photos there).

Although the entire mountain is made from volcanic activity, the “crater” on top was actually formed by the merging of two valleys created by erosion. Haleakalā is home to more endangered and endemic species than any other national park due to Hawai’i’s isolation and the volcano’s unique conditions. The word Haleakalā means “House of the Sun.” Fun facts!

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Captured: February 2018
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/4
Settings: ISO100, 22mm, f/11, 1/13, ⅓ and 1/50 sec exposures

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