We had hoped in retirement to travel the world. So far we have done a pretty good job with trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and The Czech Republic. However the pandemic has stopped all of that for a while. So while waiting for Africa, Alaska and Scandinavia, our current travel is going to have to be virtual. Today’s stop is the wonderful island of Maui. It’s the closest I have ever been to paradise.
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. The ride to to the top of Haleakala National Park in Maui is almost as much fun as the Park itself. The drive takes you through many types of natural areas and climates and ends in a volcano crater which looks like the moon. This image was captured in the morning and you can see the true beauty of the Maui coast. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
Yesterday I posted an image taken along the road to Haleakala. The road is dramatic because you start at sea level and climb to over 10,000 feet. You start at beach weather and end in winter weather so you need to be prepared. Once you finally make it to the top of Haleakala you are rewarded with one of the great views on planet Earth.
To me it looks like I imagine the mountains on the moon look and not surprisingly the moon astronauts trained there. One minute it is foggy and you can’t even see the crater and the next voila! The place is just magical and if you are brave you can even ride on horseback through parts of the crater.
Yesterday I posted an image of Canyonlands NP in Utah. You don’t have to go into a park to see the natural beauty of the land. This is on a state highway headed towards Bryce Canyon National Park not far from Panguitch Utah.
Out of all the states I have visited, Utah was the biggest surprise. I don’t know what I expected but it seemed that every turn of the road brought new vistas that were prettier than the last. This image was a throw away image. I never looked at it twice until today. I had such wonderful shots of the hoodoos of Bryce canyon and the delicate sculptures of Arches National Park. I never looked at this one as being special but now decades later I think it is quite a nice image. This is Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah.
Joshua Tree National Park is located north and east from Palm Springs California. It is a rustic and beautiful high desert spot with a very diverse horticulture. It is named after the unusual and plentiful Joshua Trees that are all through the park. The terrain is rugged high desert so bring your real hiking shoes.
On a recent trip to Mars I observed these cloud formations leading me to the conclusion that life is possible! Oh, wait a minute it wasn’t Mars it WAS Maui. This is a morning view from the crater at Haleakala National Park in Maui. The park is 10,000 above sea level and quite a miraculous ride to the top. It can be very cold so make sure you bring a warm jacket or coat. The astronauts trained here before the moon mission because NASA thought the terrain was the most similar one in the USA to the surface of the moon. The views are spectacular. You can see and purchase other views of this site on my commercial gallery by clicking here.
Americans visiting Europe will talk about how much they like exploring the old culture of Europe. Europeans coming to the USA visit New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago and talk about how young our culture is. I wonder how many Europeans come to the United States and visit our ancient culture which is the Native American culture of the Southwestern United States. The Pecos National Historic Park in New Mexico is one of these places of ancient American culture that dates back to before the birth of Christ and a true wonder. It is only a short drive from Santa Fe New Mexico and should not be missed if planning a visit to that area. This is a photograph of one of the ancient ruins and you can purchase a print on my commercial gallery by clicking here.