The Kiawe trees at La Perouse are massive and impressive in the way they twist and gnarl; but sometimes they need to be cut. This one fell across the trail out to a prime fishing spot on the cliffs and had to be taught a lesson.
Several crosses along the trail mark the deaths of surfers who never made it back in, but this new one is the first I've seen festooned with jewelry instead of broken surf boards.
I went up the mountain yesterday in hopes of capturing images of native birds, but they managed to elude me for the most part. I did get one shot of the Maui 'alauahio just before it pooped on my head.
The stars on the other hand were stunning and did not mind posing for me. And I caught shooting stars on every single exposure. Not only that, but I also managed to capture Comet Lovejoy in every shot as well. Look for the green spot with a tail in the upper center of the enlargement (bottom photo). And it didn't even poop on me!
We drove through zero visibility fog on our way up the mountain, until we rose above the clouds emerging into brilliant sunshine. Our warm clothes were a brilliant idea since it is 25 degrees cooler up here than it was down at sea level.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com