I was in Hawaii, with Mark Rasmussen and friends, from Feb 21 to March 5, 2017. We started our tour on Maui.
Our main interest on Maui was whale watching. Humpback whales come from colder waters to give birth in Hawaii. The babies have no blubber when born and need the warmer waters of Hawaii.
Our lodging in Maui had gardens on the grounds and next door. Bird of Paradise.
Our main interest on Hawaii was the "fire hose" lava flow. This is the Kalpana coast, near the flow.
When asked how close we got, the deck hand would only say, "Well, this boat is 40 feet long."
Waimea Canyon, with Waipo'o Falls in the distance.
This is part of the Na Pali coast, from a helicopter.
Sunset at Ke'e Beach.
Ho'okipa Beach is a surfing mecca. Surfers start arriving - and are in the water - before dawn.
However, there is no food for whales in Hawaii. The babies drink fat-rich milk until they have grown enough to swim to the waters off Alaska, where they learn to feed.
There was a four-mile road across an older lava flow to get to the viewing area. We got a "shuttle" for the first two miles, and bikes for the last two miles. Those are permanent residences, built on the barren lava rock.
We photographed from this location until well after dark. HM in Digital Nature, N4C, May 2017.
A Red-tailed Tropicbird, at Kilauea Wildlife Refuge.
Back to Maui, with one last day before our departure. This is Haleakala.
Ho'okipa Surf. 3rd place, Travel Prints, N4C April 2017
When whales breach, they cannot land on their stomaches, as they would break a ribs from their own tremendous weight. So they turn in air and land on their backs, as in this picture. HM in Journalism Prints, N4C, April 2017.
The viewpoint was about 500 yards away from the "fire hose". The view of the lava was mostly obstructed by a cliff.
"Lava Boat 1", as seen from the viewpoint. The following day, we road on this same boat – twice.
It was difficult to photograph from the moving boat; the explosions and steam often obscured sight of the lava flow. Here, the steam opened up to reveal almost the whole 45 foot cascade of lava, along with the surrounding glow and the reflection in the ocean.
Waimea Canyon and Waipo'o Falls. 3rd place, Travel Prints, N4C May 2017. HM in Best of the Best, N4C 2017.
Sunset from Haleakala.
This baby whale breached next to our boat. The first mate estimated the baby to be 2 to 3 weeks old, 2 to 3 tons, and 15 to 20 feet long.
From Maui, we flew to Hawaii - the big island. This is Laupahoehoe beach.
First view from the Lava Boat.
From Hawaii, we flew to Kaui, the "Garden Isle." This is Poipu Boat Launch at sunset.
Boobie in flight.
Surf's Up. 3rd place in Journalism Prints, N4C, May 2017.
Lahaina in the background.
The molten lava explodes when it hits the water, sending off glowing bits of lava rock and lots of steam.
Poipu, with the boat launch and harbor light to the right.
One of the attractions on Kauai is Waimea Canyon. This Hawaiian man was at the Canyon viewpoint, advocating for indigenous people's rights.
Near the Waimea Canyon, but looking to sea instead of inland, is the Kalalau Overlook with views of the Na Pali coast.