Sunset last night at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.
This has to be one of the nicest resorts anywhere! Had to bust out my nicest cloths so that I would fit in.
I have read that the best time to travel for bargains is between Thanksgiving and December 15th. I would say Maui is no different – this place was pretty slow, and they were offering buy one, get one free dinner deals at even their fanciest restaurants like Humuhumunukunukuapua`a – yes that is really the name, and I can’t begin to say it! It is named after the Hawaii State fish. Anyway, now is a good time to visit Hawaii.
Janine at the Nakalele Blowhole, Maui, Hawaii.
Yesterday we drove around the Northwest end of Maui – something we had never done before. Very fun and worthwhile drive! The highlight definitely was the Nakalele Blowhole! Very dramatic – and a photo can’t begin to capture the sounds and force of the water shooting out of the hole, it was cool!
Eucalyptus tree along the Hana Highway, Maui.
There are some well publicized, colorful Eucalyptus trees along the Hana Highway. This isn’t one of them. Further down the “highway”, I spotted some colorful Eucalyptus branches rising high out of one of the numerous gullies. I thought, if they are that colorful up high, I can only imagine what the base might look like. It was a steep climb down into the gully, but I was not disappointed – these things were awesome! And as an added benefit – people (I use them term lightly) hadn’t had the chance to carve their names into the bark like they have the ones that are more accessible.
Makawao is a cool little colorful rural town, that has a distinct feel that is much different then the typical Hawaii community. It is made up of small shops and art galleries each with its own colorful character. Add in some nice restaurants, and you have the perfect diversion from the beach – not that you really need one! But just in case…
As I wandered around photographing this fun little town last Friday, it hit me that this was “black Friday”, the busiest shopping day of the year. It was kinda sad to see just how few people were supporting these local artists and craftsmen on the busiest day of the year, knowing full well that 5 or 10 miles away was a Wallmart packed with huge crowds and lines.
Moona Whyte (L) and Jalou-Langeree (R) battle head to head for the world Championship.
Yesterday we watched the 2013 Kite Surf Pro World Championships held nearby at Ho’okipa Beach. Any time you can watch the best in the world at any event, it is a treat, and this was no exception. It is amazing what these athletes can do with a kite and surf board! This even is scheduled over a 10 day period, but conditions came together yesterday with big waves and hard wind that the entire event was able to be completed.
2013 World Champions. Moona Whyte (from Hawaii) and Keahi DeAboitiz (Australia).
With rows of colorful kites and fast paced action – this event was a photographers dream!
Runner up Jalou Langeree from the Netherlands having a quiet moment after competing in the finals.
I could post more photos including ones of the big air competition where the winner got 50 feet in the air! But, I’ll leave it at this.
Men’s winner Keahi DeAboitiz.
A photograph is unable to capture the massive scale of Antarctica.
Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris has begun to take reservations for next year’s trip to Antarctica, Actually this trip will also include the Falklands and South Georgia as well – see it all in one trip! Check out the details: Cheesemans’ 2014 Antarctica / South Georgia.
So who wants to join me? This really is an amazing trip. We work hard to maximize the amount of time either on shore, or Zodiac cruising. I don’t think you will find a trip that spends so much time off the ship and taking in this incredible environment. The staff is wonderful – most everyone has multiple years of experience down there. The ice-breaker we use is extremely safe and comfortable. There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe this experience! For details, check out the link above or give them a call.
Same sunset as yesterday’s post – just a different composition.
Sunset at Mokapu Beach, Maui.
We are getting situated and very comfortable in Hawaii – especially considering how cold it is back in Alaska right now!
Sunset, Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii.
Tomorrow morning begins one of my longest, businesses stretches of travel ever. Between now and April I’m only home for about 3 weeks. Not complaining mind you – it should be a lot of fun!
We are starting out with a month in Maui where I hope to do a lot of photography and video. A house sitting assignment has made this possible, and I look forward to the extended time to really immerse myself into the place. And, spend a bunch of time in the ocean!
I’m then home for a couple of days before flying to Argentina and meeting the ship to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica as a guide for Cheeseman’s. This will be the opposite of Maui, but just as wonderful if not more so. I hear there is one cabin left if you want to join me.
With travel, the Antarctica trip is over a month long, then in mid January I’m home for 3 weeks before heading to the Southwest for 6 weeks. I’ll be doing Anza-Borrego photo workshops and traveling to some other places that haven’t been determined. Usually about now I begin promoting my Borrego workshop – this year both actually filled months ago before I even could mention them on the blog which is pretty nice.
To me, this schedule seems pretty crazy – but when I compare it with some of the guys I work with in Antarctica, I seem like a home body. LOL Guess everything is relative.
So, my blog posting schedule is about to become much more erratic over the next few months, and probably non-existent once I’m on the ship. But, hopefully I’ll have lots of images and stories to share when it is all done.
A mule train climbing out of the Grand Canyon.
We have updated out section of Grand Canyon National Park photos thanks to our time there this past May. Love this Park and can’t wait to go back!
A lot of the time I have spent in the field over the last three years has been spent creating content I haven’t been able to share here on the blog – video.
There are a couple of reasons I haven’t been able to share much of my video work. For one, I don’t market my stock video – it all goes to an agent under an exclusive license.
In addition, I have also spent a couple of years (2011 and 2012) contributing video to be used in a new film at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. I was hired to do what they called the “beauty shots”. Lots of landscapes, wildlife time-lapse etc. Now that the production is done (it began airing last Summer), I can share some of my work – they also had an exclusive arrangement.
So here is a short variety of Winter clips. Some of the things I was assigned were more challenging to capture then you might think – like fresh snow blowing from trees. As often as I have seen that happen over the years – it is hard to be set-up and rolling before it happens. The opening clips which go from Summer to Autumn and then Winter were a lot of fun, and something I hope to do more of in the future.
By the way, if you do get by the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, check out the video. I also have a number of photos on the walls of the Center, and in the Visitor Guide – I am proud of the wonderful relationship I have had with the Chugach National Forest over the years.
Northern Lights dancing above an engine from the Alaska Railroad, Seward, Alaska.
Here is another one from early Saturday morning.
Aurora borealis over Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.
Seeing northern lights over Exit Glacier was a rare treat! Something I had always imagined, but never thought I would see for a couple reasons. First, because of our location relative to the Aurora oval – most shows are North or East of Seward – it is rare to see them to the West like you do here. Plus, the road to Exit Glacier is closed most of the Winter – so it took the perfect combination of conditions – a great show, clear skies and a open road.
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens at 1.4 for 3.2 seconds at ISO 3200.
Aurora borealis over Seward, Alaska.
This was last night at around 3:30 a.m. – that is my little home town of Seward at the base of the mountains. What an amazing night!
Fishing boat hauling in Pink Salmon in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
This is a photo of a salmon seiner hauling in Pink Salmon in Prince William Sound. Sharp eyed viewers might notice the Alaska State Ferry just zooming into the scene in the background.
A motorhome on the Seward Highway passes along Kenai Lake, Alaska.
This is one of the photos that accompanies Janine’s latest article about the Seward Highway in Country Magazine! The link is too an excerpt. It is great to see her receive publication credit! This photo is actually an old Fuji Velvia slide dating back to the late 90′s – nice to see my early work still getting used.
Float plane on Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska.
Just as I got off the plane from my quick trip to Arizona this Fall, I was treated to this wonderful sunset! A nice welcome home!
Boat camping in West Canyon, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona.
Camping under the stars in our version of a Lake Powell houseboat.
Alstrom Point, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona.
Lake Powell from last May – as I sit here in my office on a cool, rainy day in Alaska, this seems like ages ago!
Going for a swim in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
A tougher then average guest aboard Discovery Voyages diving into the frigid waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Antelope Slot Canyon on Navajo land, Page, Arizona.
Now that Janine has adjusted images from our Spring trip I thought I would share another one from Antelope – this is a beautiful canyon.
Horned Puffin and Red Baneberry.
A couple of Horned Puffin and Red Baneberry from this past August.
First year bear cub from June, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
These cute little first year bear cubs are like living teddy bears!
Portage Valley, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.
A field of lupine in the Portage Valley at sunset – last July, in the middle of the night!