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Pu'u Ali'i, South Point Cliff Dive, Ka Lae, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, MyRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, five

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

22 Jan 2012.

South from the wind farm, we drove slowly on the dirt road, keeping to the flattest parts. We parked at a distance from the cliff, safely back from a steep drop into the churning ocean waters.

Ka Lae is not only the southernmost point of the Big Island, but also the southernmost point for the state of Hawaii and the southernmost point of the United States. Archaeological efforts to understand Hawaiian history have revealed the existence of human settlement, (fishing) activity, and a burial site dated to about 1000 AD/CE at the earliest within a sand dune called Pu’u Ali’i (“royal hill”). There are big challenges for both fragile landscape and indigenous requirements in the area.

I made the image above on 22 Jan 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/4.5, ISO100, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lBU.

Pakini Nui Wind Farm, Hualālai, South Point Cliff Dive, Ka Lae, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, MyRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, four

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

22 Jan 2012.

The very southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii is also the most southern most point of the United States. Historically, this is the spot in Hawaii where Polynesians first arrived on their boats from the southwest Pacific.

The view in the image faces north from the spot called Broken Landing with the following features from left to right, respectively: the Pu’uhou cone at an estimated distance of 6 km, the Hualālai volcano 88 km in the background, and the wind turbines of the Pakini Nui wind farm at 6 km.

From the wind farm, we drive slowly south on the dirt road, keeping to the flattest parts. We park a safe distance from the cliff and further back so we can walk a little distance. There are big challenges to both the fragile landscape and indigenous requirements in the area.

I made the image above on 22 Jan 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/200-sec, f/8, ISO100, 24mm focal length (38mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lBA.

Waipio Valley Lookout, Waipio Valley, Wailoa Stream, Muliwai Trail, Kohala volcano, Pacific Ocean, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, three

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

21 Jan 2012.

On the north coast of the Big Island, Hawaii route 240 stops abruptly at the Waipio Valley Lookout. Onwards the steep valley road down is navigable only to 4-wheel drive vehicles. At the bottom is a black-sand beach and privately owned land with taro fields. The lush steeply carved valley dominates the view, with Haleakalā on Maui appearing in the distance at right. This location is also at the southeast corner of the now-extinct Kohala volcano.

I made the image above on 21 Jan 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO100, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lwv.

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Laupahoehoe Point, Laupahoehoe, Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, United States, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, two

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

21 Jan 2012.

I’m back on the Big Island. My 5 years working at Gemini Observatory South in Chile offered opportunities to travel and meet with my colleagues at Gemini North in Hilo. At the initial stages of my RTW, my return to the Big Island includes a more complete drive around the island’s outer edge.

We see the road sign, and turn off from the highway for the short drive down to the park by the shoreline. This is Laupāhoehoe, an idyllic spot with a small beach, some spots for fishing, and a place simply to enjoy the tropical Pacific view. Once, the town here had up to 2000 people farming and harvesting taro root and sugar cane crops during the first-part of the 20th-century, but the trauma of the 1946 tsunami and the steep decline in profit from sugar-making changed the town forever.

Now, it’s the frequent crash of ocean waves on the shore, interrupted by the squeals and laughter of children. Ghosts have never sounded better.

I made the image above on 21 Jan 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/8, ISO100, and 53mm focal length (85mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lwT.

Kohala Mountain Road, Mauna Loa, volcano, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Previously, on the Big Island

Above/featured: Facing south to Mauna Loa, from Kohala Mountain Road – 20 May 2008 (450D).

I’ve already described memorable return visits to Berlin and Prague, and I wanted to end the trio of “previous” posts with something a little more wild and natural, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

In a previous life, my first visit to Hawaii and the Big Island occurred in 1999 after I had successfully applied for observing and research nights on the CFHT telescope near the Mauna Kea summit. Between 2006 and 2011, I worked at Gemini Observatory South in Chile, and I travelled occasionally to the Big Island for research meetings and consultations with colleagues at the offices of Gemini North. My last visit occurred in early-2012 at the outset of my year-long around the world journey.

The yearning to hop back across the great western pond is deeply imbedded with many memories; the following 10 images is as good a place to start.

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