Kilauea Caldera - Hawaii Volcano National Park

Kilauea Caldera - Hawaii Volcano National Park

Halema'uma'u Crater in the Kilauea Calderon at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.Taken on the Keanakākoʻi Trail, overlooking Mauna Loa (the biggest mountain by size in the world).

Waipio Valley - Hawaii

Waipio Valley - Hawaii

Waipio Valley is almost 2000ft below the surrounding terrain. A steep road leads down into the valley from the Waipio lookout point. The road averages a 25% grade, and is the steepest road in the United States.

Mauna Kea Sunrise

Mauna Kea Sunrise

Close to 14000 ft, on top of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, at the roof of Hawaii.

Mauna Loa From The Slopes Of Mauna Kea

Mauna Loa From The Slopes Of Mauna Kea

Went to top of Mauna Kea for sunrise but there was a storm so I headed back down to lower slopes. I waited for about a hour and got a brief period between the passing storm clouds and took this shot overlooking Mauna Loa.

Mauna Kea Sunrise - Hawaii

Mauna Kea Sunrise - Hawaii

The atmosphere above Mauna Kea is extremely dry as it is above the inversion layer that separates the lower air from the upper atmospheric air. This keeps most cloud cover below the summit and allows the air on the summit to be dry. The prevailing trade winds push most of the moisture towards the South-East, to the city of Hilo, giving a spectacular view of thick clouds from the summit.

Mauna Loa Under The Stars

Mauna Loa Under The Stars

Mauna Loa from the top of Mauna Kea. Composite of a shot taken 15 mins after sunset with one 90 mins after sunset.