Hawaiian Winter Blizzard of 2015

Mauna_Kea_Snow_2015On the evening of January 2nd into the morning hours of January 3rd 2015 a powerful cold front swept through the Big Island of Hawaii.  In the lower elevations of the island band after band of wind and rain pounded the island relentlessly for about 8 hours.

In the higher elevations above 11,000 feet both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (both just under 14,000 feet in elevation) received copious amounts of snow and freezing rain with wind gusts at the summit recorded at 154 mph!!

The damage to the island was extensive with many areas losing power, cell service and downed trees.  We were lucky here in Waimea Town with no loss of power, but even as of yesterday areas in North Kohala still had not gotten power back!  This was by far the worst cold front storm I have seen in Hawaii!

The aftermath of the storm will be lots of green grass for the ranches and some beautiful vistas of snow covered mountains here in Hawaii.  In this composite you will see the first glimpse of snow on Mauna Kea with the bright blue skies.  This image was featured on Hawaii News Now for a few of their newscasts statewide and as of this writing has had more than 120,000 page views on the Ethan Tweedie Photography Fanpage!!!  The other images were taken at sunset on January 7th, one of the clearest days I have seen!!

Happy New Year!

Ethan

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Bull’s Bodyguard


Bull’s Bodyguard

What is it about seeing a bird on the back of a cow (Bull in the case) that brings a smile to one’s face?

Taken in North Kohala near Pololu Valley, Big Island.

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Whale Watch Tour Gets Show of Lifetime!!!!!!




I was down at the Mauna Lani shooting this morning and saw quite a few whales and at least 10 breaches. Most of the activity was pretty far away then I spotted Adventure X Rafting Whale Tours.  I knew then they must see some whales so I waited patiently for some action. Sure enough a Humpback Whale breeched right in front of the boat and I was lucky to capture the whole thing!

The North Pacific Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii each November through late April to mate and spend the winter.  They travel over 4000 miles to Hawaii!!  The area of the West coast of the Big Island is a great place for the whales because there is a shelf that is roughly 250 feet from the Kona Airport to Kohala.  To put it simply it is a perfect nursery for the baby whales!

So if you are coming to visit the Big Island or you are a local, I strongly recommend Adventure X Rafting Whale Watch tours!  Give them a call at 808-937-7245 and tell them Ethan sent you!

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Furry Friends


My loyal furry friends always come running to say hello when I come visit.  These guys have to be the nicest horses and donkey I know!

I have a big bag of carrots ready for my next visit.  Do you think they would be pleased to see me even more?

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Bald Eagles-Difficult Photography Subjects

I was looking through some files from a few years ago and came across one of my favorite pictures of a female Bald Eagle at Lake Texoma in North Texas.

While living in Texas I became fascinated by Bald Eagles. Each fall and winter the Eagles would migrate from up North to spend the winter in Texas. This particular Eagle I had been photographing for the prior 4 years and after a while I think she finally got used to me, another advantage was shooting from my boat. Eagles don’t seem to associate danger when in a boat. Finally, after years of trying to get the perfect Eagle picture all things came together. I had the right lens, a Canon 600mm F/4, the right camera, a Canon 1Ds Mark III and perfect calm sunny weather.

As I approached with my boat in the shallow water she took a look at me, but didn’t’ seem to mind my presence. I felt as though we had connected and she knew I meant no harm. Slowly I maneuvered my boat and began shooting. Ideally when shooting with such a long lens you would want to put the rig on a sturdy tripod, but that isn’t possible on a boat that is floating! So I had to manhandle the lens and camera and rest it on my windshield and try to steady the shot. From the moment I took the first few shots I knew I would capture something I had been trying to get for a long time!

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Bucking Bronco!!!!


Tyler Cox rides this bronco like no other! I don’t konw about you, but this has to take a lot of guts to get on a horse or bull and hold on for dear life!! Get R Done!

Taken at the Honoka’a Rodeo Memorial Day 2011

The Cuteness Factor



We were on our way to the Honoka’a Rodeo and passed by these cute little lambs. I quickly turned around and headed back to try and get a few images of them. I got off a few frames and then they got up and headed towards “Mama” for some milk!