Sky & Telescope May 2016 Publication

The May 2016 Sky & Telescope has featured one of my images of W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin ten meter telescopes as they point their dual world-class Adaptive Optics system lasers at the super black hole at the center of the Milky Way.   EthanTweediePhotographyThis image documents the first time Keck Observatory used both Keck 1 and Keck 2 simultaneously aimed at the same object in space.

To read more about how observatories around the world use Adaptive Optics to correct for the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere please get a copy of the article here.

Hana Hou Magazine Cover Dec/Jan 2015

I am super excited to be on the cover of Hana Hou Magazine (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines) and have my images featured over 10 pages in the magazine about the snow in Hawaii! If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines be sure to get your copy!

Mauna Kea Image by Ethan Tweedie Photography Featured at the`Imiloa Astronomy Center

Mauna Kea Sunset Panorama 2015

Mauna Kea Sunset Panorama 2015

Recently I was contacted by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo to provide an image of Mauna Kea that would be printed on a banner measuring 25 feet by 6 feet in an area right next to the Planetarium at the Center. In their words:

“No one captures the majesty and reverence of Maunakea better than you. Our goal is to give our community a place that they can share about why Maunakea is special to them. We hope that this will allow our community, both local and global, to express their pilina, connection, to this mauna as well as serve as a first step in helping to bring a community together towards shaping a new vision of the future of this beautiful wahi pana.

Me ke leo haʻahaʻa, Celeste Haʻo

This image they chose with the combination of snow and evening sunlight, was a photograph I had been waiting to capture for a long time. This panoramic image was taken on March 9th 2015. After days and days of stormy weather with high winds and blizzard conditions on the summit, the mountain finally could be seen for the first time at around 5:50pm. The sky was over cast with high clouds, however you could see the mountain’s huge mantle of white snow!

With the grey conditions I was not enthusiastic about getting that “perfect” image I waited so long to capture, however, I grabbed my camera gear and headed out to see what might come of things. My experience told me the lighting could change at any moment. My first vantage point of the evening did not produce any images, but looking to the west I could see a opening in the clouds where hopefully the sun would peak through and light up the mountain. I then changed locations and headed to my “secret” location, tripod and camera gear in my backpack. My camera set up on my tripod, I waited and waited and waited.

It was then a friend texted me. She said, “Can you see Mauna Kea?” I texted back YES I can see the mountain!! It was beautiful, however, not what I was hoping for…. I looked to the west again, the sun was still obscured by clouds, I had some hope though…. then just a moment later, the beautiful pink warm sunset light began shining on the mountain and I enthusiastically began taking panoramic images over and over and over completing 3 series of images. The light began very faintly, getting stronger and brighter as I shot. This beautiful “Kukahau’ula Light” lasted for only two and half minutes before it was gone… I knew I had just captured that perfect shot I envisioned so long ago.

The image can be seen at the the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo and is also available for print in custom sizing on metal. Please contact me for pricing or visit Wishard Gallery in Waimea or Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae.


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!



The Winter Side of the Milky Way, Mauna Kea Summit Hawaii

The Dark Side of the Milky Way as seen from close to 14,000 feet on snow covered dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii

Porsche and Perseids, Ethan Tweedie Photography Show

October 16, 2013 PRESS RELEASE

Harbor Gallery announces an exciting show with Big Island Photographer and Parker School Graduate Ethan Tweedie on Friday, November 1st, from 6 to 8 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.

This special show is titled “Porsche and Perseids” and features a number of Ethan’s celestial masterpieces as well as some photos taken atop Mauna Kea this past July when Ethan joined Gallery Owner Gunner Mench in driving his 50 year old Porsche to the summit for sunset and the stars.

Ethan says this was among the best sunsets he has ever witnessed, and what happened that night was almost unbelievable! The 1963 Porsche will also be on display for the show, bearing its Mauna Kea Benchmark Badge on the rear grill.

The Perseid Meteor Showers happen every year in early August, and Ethan was invited by park rangers at Pu’ukohola to photograph the shower together with the Heiau, achieving mind boggling results after taking over 160 exposures of 30 seconds in a single night. More photos were taken along with Halemaumau’s eruption, capturing meteors, the moon, and ghostly surroundings, achieving a view that the naked eye cannot see in the dim light, but is captured brilliantly with his high quality Canon cameras and special equipment. Most of the prints are offered being printed on metal, with the most superb color rendition and crisp clarity available with today’s printing technology.

Harbor Gallery is located in Kawaihae, just north of the Kohala resorts and next to Café Pesto. The gallery is open daily from 11:30 until 8:30. Phone 808-882-1510 to reach Gunner & Elli Mench, or visit their website at


Mauna Kea Summit During the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower

This image was taken August 12th 2013 from the summit of Mauna Kea.  Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that rises some 32,000 feet from the ocean floor (making it the tallest mountain on the planet) and 13,796 feet above sea level.  With 13 observatories, Mauna Kea is arguably the best place on Earth to observe the cosmos from because of three distinct reasons: its high altitude keeps it away from much of the pollution and weather on Earth, it has incredible dark skies with little light pollution, and it is surrounded by thousands of miles in every direction of warm ocean that makes for a very stable atmosphere which W. M. Keck Observatory (shown here) can further eliminated using their adaptive optics. Keck Observatory is the home to the world’s largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

On this particular evening the UCLA Galactic Center Group — led by principal investigator and professor of astronomy Andrea Ghez, was investigating the supermassive black hole and its environs.  Her team’s goals are to “understand the basic physics associated with black holes (How black holes work, which is not understood today) and what role black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.” To learn more about the UCLA Galactic Center Group click here  Also see Andrea’s TED Lecture

The image shows the two telescopes of Keck (Keck I and Keck II) emitting their lasers to create guide stars used to detect and remove aberrations in the earth’s atmosphere, greatly improving the resolution of the data collected, not unlike looking at a fish in the water with a mask, rather than looking at it through the surface of the ocean. This allows Keck Observatory to achieve resolution equal to that of Hubble Space Telescope in the visible wavelengths, and superior in the infrared. The lasers also make for interesting images!

Fourteen images were taken and then stitched together to create this panoramic single image of the Milky Way.  The image was shot using a Canon 5D MIII camera at ISO 3200 at f/2.8 for 25 seconds using a Canon 16-35mm lens at 20mm.

This image was taken inside of W.M. Keck Observatory.  The two lasers from can Keck 1 and Keck 2 can be seen pointing at the center of the Milky Way or Galactic Center.

These images would not be possible it were not for permission from the Office of Mauna Kea Management, The Hawaii Film Office, W. M. Keck Observatory and its personnel.  Special thanks to Joan Campbell, Debbie Goodwin and Steve Jefferson of Keck Observatory’s Advancement team for their coordination in setting up this photo-shoot and Pete Tucker who was my Keck Observatory Escort on the summit for close to 10 hours!  (Pete is also in charge of making sure the laser is ready for use every night at Keck Observatory!)

Milky Way Panorama During Perseids Meteor Shower

I had never tried capturing the Milky Way by doing a panorama so I headed up Saddle Road to find a suitable location where I could get the Milky Way to drape over Mauna Kea.  The bonus this time of year is the Perseids Meteor Shower is beginning and there were tons of shooting stars even some fireballs!  The light you see on the right is coming from the Pohakuloa Military Base; the airport had this light that didn’t really look that dramatic, but with long exposures any light is picked up.  City lights from Hilo and Waimea add to a glow behind Mauna Kea.

This year the meteor shower peaks August 9th-12th.



Ancient Mamane Trees

The Ancient Mamane Trees covered in lichen on Mauna Kea as the Moon Rises. Taken September 2nd 2012 at 8.26 PM. Elevation 9,000 ft.

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Streamside in Sandalwood at Waimea

Some real estate I photograph is really difficult.  The “problem” with this home here in Waimea on the Big Island is it had so many interesting angles, vistas and views.  Located in the Sandalwood development, the home has views of The Pu’u (Hills) of Kohala Mountain, stunning views of Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), Mauna Loa and Hualalai. For this shot, I chose to cross the stream and shoot the house from Parker Ranch with Pu’u Hoku’ula in the distance in order to give some perspective on the location of the home here in Waimea.

If you’d like to see more images of this home you can see pictures in Clark Realty’s Luxury Portfolio

If you need a luxury property photographed for Real Estate, Vacation Rental or Commercial give me a call.



Wishard Gallery Reception

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Spiral Cloud Over Mauna Kea?

On February 18th 2012 I looked up towards Mauna Kea (13,796 ft.) and saw this most unusual cloud formation, it looked like a seashell, cork screw or a spiral? I looked and looked for other cloud formations similar, but I could not find any?

Anyway, I thought it was really cool!!!

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The Weather Channel Features My Mauna Kea Photos!!

Hey its not often you or even your pictures get on The Weather Channel, but that is exactly what happened on the morning of February 27th when I saw my pictures featured on the Weather Channel’s Morning Update on TV!

This is a screen shot of the picture on their website!

Anyway, it just goes to show you, if you have fun what you are doing, fun things happen!!  I couldn’t have done this alone, so a big Mahalo goes out to Brenda Salgado, Malika Dudley and Rich Meiers of KGMB Hawaii News Now, thank you very much!!

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Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Snow 2-19-12

Some of the pictures from an incredible day shooting from 11,000 feet on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  Moku Nui No Ka Oi.

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The World’s Tallest Mountain, Mauna Kea

The world’s tallest mountain you say?

Well yes!  Most mountains are measured at their base, which happens to be sea level.  What if you measured a mountain from where it began its life as is the case with volcanoes?  Mauna Kea is a massive volcano here on the Big Island that began its early days at the bottom of the ocean some 15,000 below sea level!!  Even if it just barely made it above sea level, it would still be a big mountain in its own respect, but the story doesn’t end there!

Mauna Kea is so massive and heavy it actually bends the earths crust another 3,000 feet! Mauna Kea rises 18,000 feet to just reach sea level!  She didn’t stop there though, layer after layer of lava, like a giant wedding cake, she reached a magnificent height of 13,796 feet above sea level!!  Let’s do the math, 18,000 + 13,796 is almost 32,000 feet!  That is taller than Mt. Everest at just over 29,000 feet!

Mauna Kea had glaciers!!  Glaciers you say?  15,000 years ago when the Earth was much cooler Mauna Kea had a glacier some 25 square miles and around 500 feet thick.  You can see glacial moraines, rocks with glacial striations on Mauna Kea.  Mauna Kea even erupted underneath the glacier creating massive melting of the glacier and the subsequent run off eroded the side of the mountain creating gulches, a well know gulch called Pohakuloa Gulch can be seen from the Saddle Road.  Since that time the Earth has warmed back up melting the glacier on the summit.  Mauna Kea still gets snow each year, some more than others.  In college I was the Vice President of the University of Hawaii Ski Club!

Mauna Kea has a lake on it!  A lake you say?   Lake Waiau, which is at 13,024, makes it the 7th highest lake in the United States!

Bugs with Antifreeze?   Just when you thought you’d heard everything…. The Wekiu bug likes to eat its food frozen, it waits for bugs from lower elevations to get blown to the summit area where the freeze.  The Wekiu bug then sucks their blood out!  How does the Wekiu Bug keep from freezing?  It has antifreeze in its blood!

Dark Matter and Black Holes?  Mauna Kea is the best place in the world for viewing the night sky and is home to 13 observatories.  Mauna Kea is the choice place because of two primary reasons, its altitude making the summit area above the weather below keeping the summit clear for viewing.  The second  reason is there isn’t much light pollution hear on the Big Island.

Of the many observatories the Keck Observatory really stands out, being responsible for many breakthrough discoveries, such as the detection of planets outside our solar system and direct evidence for a model of the Big Bang theory. This instrument has detected more extrasolar planets than any other in the world.   In the near future there are plans to build the World’s largest telescope called the TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope.

Aside from all the facts and figures, Mauna Kea is a beautiful and majestic mountain.  It has so many moods and it changes daily with its various clouds and colors.  No matter where you are on the island each angle has its own unique profile.  Even Captain Cook back in 1778 marveled at the snow-covered peaks here in the tropics.

This image was taken from Mauna Loa at 11,000 feet looking across to Mauna Kea.  That morning there was a really big snowstorm, which kept the Mauna Kea summit road from opening, so I opted to see if I could get a picture from a different vantage point.

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Finally Got Some Snow!

Finally got some snow and rain here in Waimea!

This has been a strange winter.  December started out very cold and wet with some snow on our mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (Both mountains/volcanoes are just under 14,000 ft.) and from the end of December till today we have had very little rain.  It was starting to get a little scary with brush fires around the island, something that is more common at the end of summer.

What we got this morning is great, but continue to pray for more rain and snow for our island, ranches and farms.

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Surreal to Sublime – Lunar Eclipse to Full Moon Set

Last bit of moon before the full eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse at its peak.  (Jupiter in the lower left)

Keck Observatory using a laser for adaptive optics.  Moon 85%

International Space Station as it went by at 5:09AM in the NNE

Orion to the left of the moon.  Foreground is Subaru, Keck and NASA Infrared Observatories.

A little twilight coming in from the east and moonlight shining on Gemini Observatory.  Just to the left of the observatory is the Southern Cross

Sunrise coming, the city of Hilo below.  One person on the summit.

A group up at the very summit of Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet.

Moon was so full and bright.  I hadn’t noticed in the dark that I parked on a rock.  Notice the rear right tire? LOL

Full moon set with summit observatory complex in the foreground.  Pu`u Poli`ahu on the left is just getting lit by the sun.

Full moon set above the shadow of MaunaKea.  Subaru on the left and Keck I on the right.

Surreal to Sublime – Lunar Eclipse to Full Moon Set

After a lot of deliberation on the best location to see the eclipse I decided on heading up to the summit of the 13,796-foot summit of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea.  The peak time for the eclipse was at 4:15 AM, which meant I would need to get up at 2:15AM to get up to the summit in time.  I also had to prepare for the viewing conditions at the summit and I knew it would be cold so I put on my ski pants and gathered my gloves, hat and ski jacket.

The hour drive up to the mountain was easy enough and I engaged my four-wheel drive as I went past the already busy Visitor Center and headed up the 5-mile road to the summit.  As I past 11,000 feet the temperature dropped to below freezing and reached the summit at around 3:50AM where the temperature was “balmy” Hawaiian 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  I knew based on where the moon would be during the eclipse that a better juxtaposition to get some of the telescopes in the foreground would be from the Canada France Hawaii Observatory.  There was only one other vehicle there and it was a fellow photographer.  He was from the Subaru Observatory and he was doing the same thing I was doing, getting his telescope in the foreground of the eclipse.

By the time I got out of my vehicle the moon only had a tiny sliver of unobstructed surface.  I started to feel a little panicky, as I had to get my cameras set up and then pray I was in the right location!  One thing is for sure, when taking pictures at almost 14,000 feet your brain doesn’t think clearly.  I kept forgetting things; first I forgot my remote shutter release cable, then my gloves, then my other camera etc?  After several trips back and forth to my vehicle wear my gear was located I finally got my act together and got both cameras set up and started taking the long exposures.

The view truly was surreal with the lights of Waimea and Hilo below and the stars were just amazing.  I could see Orion, the Southern Cross, several shooting stars streaked across the sky and of course the moon was beginning to turn red with a hint of blue, but it was absolutely freezing up there.  I made the mistake of repositioning my METAL tripod with bare hands and it ended up being very painful.

Once the moon was in total eclipse I took several close up shots of the moon and I felt quite pleased with the results.  I then wanted to get some shots of the Observatories in the foreground and the Keck Observatory had their sodium (reddish) laser pointed up and to the north in the viewing area so I framed the shot to capture the moon within the scene.

After shooting the moon I then recalled that the International Space Station would be coming up at 5:09 AM in the North North Eastern sky so I moved my camera over to the north side of the Canada France Telescope and waited patiently.  Then, all of a sudden, the ISS appeared in the sky.  I repositioned my camera and then I hit the shutter and as soon as I did that a huge shooting star streaked across the sky!!  Too cool!

As the moon reappeared the dawn twilight began to come up and while most viewers headed to the east side of the summit to watch the sunrise which was looking un-dramatic I headed to the west side of the summit and trained my cameras on the full moon set just above the shadow cast by the Mauna Kea.  The colors were just so creamy and sublime with a hint of purples and light blues.  It was a neat contrast against the red cinder at the summit.  There was about 5 minutes of just really neat color and hues and I was totally in the zone!  Like all good things, the show came to and end and the moon set below the horizon.  Whew! The few of us that stayed to watch the moon set all had big smiles on our faces!  🙂

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When Mauna Kea Turns Pink – The Story of Two Lovers

The story of Kukahau`ula and Poli`ahu

In the story, Kukahau`ula — Ku, a deity representing the male force in the form of the rising sun — pursues Poli`ahu, the woman of the mountain. In Ku’s constant pursuit of Poli`ahu he is constantly thwarted by frost, snow and freezing rain. When Ku finally embraces his lover Poli`ahu with his brilliant pink robe the glorious pink light is cast over the summit of Mauna Kea.

Each time you see this glow over the summit of Mauna Kea think of these two lovers embracing.

For a more detailed rendition of this story click here:

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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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Crazy Thanksgiving Sunset

After a great long Thanksgiving weekend out in Volcano with friends I came home to Waimea to a most spectacular sunset, one of those sunsets that is really impossible to capture exactly the way it was that evening.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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Snow on Mauna Kea September 15th 2011 !!!

Woke up this morning and got an email from a friend saying there was snow on Mauna Kea!! I didn’t see that coming! That is two snowfalls this summer one on June 4th/5th and one today September 15th! Thanks Paula for the heads up!

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Standing on the Edge of Earth’s Shadow

The Sun had just set as we stood on the summit of Mauna Kea at 13,796 feet, we decided to dash over to the Eastern sky to see if Mauna Kea was still casting a shadow below. What we saw instead was Earth casting its shadow towards the sky; we were literally on the edge of day and night.

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Wailoa Big Island Style Art Show!!!

I want to thank all of my family and friends (and those who were there in spirit) who came out last night for the reception!! It was a great night with lots of fine art and conversation!!

If you missed the reception the show will be on display until September 29th

Wailoa Art Center Hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm; Wednesday noon–4:30 pm; 
Closed Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays

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Beams of Light at Sunset

I was headed home after a meeting down at Hualalai and noticed the light was looking nice.   I happened to have my camera with me so I took a drive out between Kohala Mountain and Mauna Kea.  The thing that struck me is how dry it has gotten in the last month and half.  The mountain was aching for the rain and snow of winter.

As the sun went down the light grew very dramatic with these beams of light shooting up along the elliptic.  I wasn’t sure if the subtle color would render, but as you can see it did!

If you looking for something to do this evening I am showing my images at the “Big Island Style” Art show! There will be eleven other fine artists showing their work as well so come on down and enjoy some art and light Pupu’s then go to a movie or dinner after!

The Show is at the Wailoa Center from 5 to 7PM.   Hope to see you there.

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The 7 Image Mauna Kea Panorama

This image of the summit of Mauna Kea taken August 4th 2011 was created by taking 7 pictures and then stitching them together.

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The Legend of the Nightmarchers…

The Moon shining through the Koa Trees with my tent in the foreground.

The eerie shadows cast by the moon or were they the Nightmarchers?

A group of us all went camping up to Keanakolou Cabins.  Keanakolou (The Three Caves) is about 25 miles, about an hour and a half, northeast of Waimea off a bumpy and dusty 4-wheel drive road.  Needless to say the place is isolated, no power, phone, light etc.

There are several cabins at Keanakolu, but I opted to sleep in my tent to hopefully get some shots of the stars and moon etc.  Besides who could resist the cool mountain air and only the sound of the wind?  I set up my tent at the edge of the Koa forest; the others all bunked together about a football field away inside the main cabin.

On the second night we all turned in pretty early after hiking etc and I headed down to my tent around 10pm.  It didn’t take long to fall asleep, but I ended up waking at around 1 am as nature was calling.  I reluctantly crawled out of my warm cozy nest and stepped into the cool and windy night.  The moon was very bright and shinning through the old Koa trees casting some eerie shadows and the wind was stirring robustly.  The stars were also very bright, looking like diamonds, even though the moon was so bright. One of my philosophies about my photography is to always make the extra effort and get the difficult shot.  At this particular moment, the last thing I wanted to do was get my camera and tripod out and take some pictures, but that is what I opted to do.

Thoughts about being all alone in the middle of nowhere started to dominate my psyche and I began to remember the stories about the Nightmarchers (My best friend Jonah used to tell stories about hearing the Nightmarchers when he was hiking back from Waimanu Valley.).  According to Hawaiian legend, night marchers (huaka‘i po in Hawaiian) are ghosts of ancient warriors. They supposedly roam large sections of the island chain, and can be seen by groups of torches. They can usually be found in areas that were once large battlefields.   Legend has it that if you look a night marcher straight in the eye, you will be forced to walk among them for eternity, but if you have a relative taken by them, you will be spared. Hawaiians say that in the presence of night marchers, one should lie down on their stomach, face down to avoid eye contact, stay quiet, breathe shallowly, and don’t move. Some say that they may nudge you to provoke a reaction so they can take you.

After getting several long exposures I had to keep telling myself to just relax, that it was only my mind that was scaring me.  Luckily there were no Nightmarchers this time… just in my mind.

What would you do if you heard the Nightmarchers?  Do you have any stories about them?   Leave a comment!


These are the moments that make me speechless.

Kahinahina “Road”

We began our adventure from Saddle Road around 6,000 feet to circumnavigate Mauna Kea on the Kahinahina “Road.” Kahinahina is Hawaiian for silversword .  We started our drive at around 1:30 and drove all the way to our overnight stay at Pu’u Kaluamakani arriving at around 5 pm.  After watching the sunset and then the amazing stars we fell asleep in our tents.  The night air got pretty cold!  We all awoke to a beautiful morning and had some strong coffee and breakfast all the while watching our native birds the Amakihi forage in the Mamane and plumb trees next to our camp.   The next leg our our trip would take us from 7,500 feet to around 9,500 heading around the northern part of Mauna Kea.  The going was pretty slow as the road was pretty gnarly in places.  We saw one vehicle parked during our entire drive and one vehicle on the road and a total of two people over the two days on the road.  All in all it was a great time with some great friends.

This was at the end of the trip after I connected with the Mauna Kea Access Road.  I was coming down the hill and noticed the (never before seen) penumbra or Earth’s shadow at sunset.

Almost home after our camping trip I came upon Pu’u Nohona o Hae and the crescent Moon above.

It was so dark at night and the stars were unbelievable.  You may not be able to discern the Milky Way in the small image, but you can see the lights of my 4Runner.

Our overnight stay in a Pu’u included ripe sweet plumbs.  We were at about 7,600 feet elevation.

Our “Hotel” room view was great for sunset.  Maui is to the right of the sun just barely above the clouds.

Rounding the North side of Kahinhina Road. We are at around 9,500 feet.  Below would be Lapahoehoe.  Not shown in this picture is a plane crash on the side of a cinder cone on Mauna Kea at 11,300 feet.  A Navy pilot in 1971 crashed his jet and died.

Our trip would not have been complete without seeing some Silverswords along the way!

Amazing Clouds Over the Big Island!

The first day of summer was really quite amazing here in Hawaii Nei. All day there were these very high clouds (Cirrus) and when I got home I just had to grab my camera and take a few shots. I was a little disappointed that the clouds moved in to obscure Mauna Kea, but that just forced me to look for other things. I came across these blooming Yucca and some bright fuchsia Bougainvillea and thought the juxtaposition of the green grass and clouds made for a nice image.

I hope you got to see the clouds today!!

Much Aloha


Good Morning Good Coffee!

Ran into my friend David (The owner of Hawaii White Mountain Coffee Co.) at the Parker School Farmers Market yesterday. I picked up a bag of his Javaloha Peaberry and thought I would start my day off with a cup of his coffee. This morning it is especially good as the cool misty rains of Waimea have returned!  Thanks David for an excellent cup of coffee!!

A little bit about Peaberry coffee, it is the rarest of rare. Only about 6% of all harvested beans are peaberries and the single bean results in a very concentrated flavor. Peaberries form when one of the two halves of the seed develops, thus all the nutrients go into the remaining seed. Because the remaining half gets all of the nutrients the density of the been is more complex thus giving the coffee a wonderful robust flavor. (Here is a diagram of a normal two halved bean)

If you would like to try this coffee and others go to David’s website for locations

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Mauna Kea Snow June 2011!!

What an amazing birthday to see Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa cover in snow on June 5th!! In fact the mountain got over 8 inches at the summit and the road is closed!  I was dreaming of putting my skis on!  What a coup that would have been!!!

The Amazing Journey of Life

Sometimes you don’t know where the journey is going to take you.  You might come to a fork in the road?  Do you listen?  Follow your heart and that is the path you should take.

That is my journey.


The Painted Skies of Mauna Kea

I took this shot almost a year ago and didn’t do anything with it because there was some other shots I took that at first glance were more compelling, but I had some inspiration to go back and look at the shots from that day and thought this deserved coming out of hiding.

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The Koa Tree

The Koa tree is one of my favorite trees, such a majestic tree. In the highlands you will find this tree covered in lichen like this specimen off Mana Road. You can see the light green lichen reflecting the light of the “Golden Hour”

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May 2nd 2011 Mauna Kea Snow and Rainbow

Well we have had some interesting weather patterns here in Hawaii!   There has been a cut off low with some very cold temperatures that creates lots of instability and thus we have had a lot of thunder and lightening and snow on our mountains.  The sky parted at sunset to reveal the summits of our mountains.  Both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa have had snow the last two days in row!  This evening a small little rainbow appeared at sunset.  So beautiful!!

Get the Boot!

A friend of mine who is involved with many things in our little town of Waimea asked me if I could get some shots of the boot. I was coming back from getting some April snow shots of Mauna Kea and the light seemed good for some boot shots.   The boot celebrates the 100 years of  since Ikua Purdy won the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in 1908.

Below is some verbiage regarding Cheyenne Rodeo etc.

In July 1908, however, a particular event changed these perceptions of Hawaii.  The Cheyenne, Wyoming (“Waiomina” in the Hawaiian language), Frontier Days Rodeo, then in its eleventh year of existence, was known as the greatest and grandest western rodeo.  A winner in the Cheyenne competition was acknowledged in American ranching circles as a true champion.  In 1908, Eben Low, a Hawaii rancher, picked three of the best Hawaiian cowboy ropers, known as paniolo, that he could find and entered them in the rodeo at Cheyenne.  They took first, third, and sixth places in steer roping, and the cowboy world on the continental United States was stunned.  It became obvious that the Hawaii men who could win using borrowed horses were expert horsemen and could use well-trained horses that they had trained themselves.  Within a year or so, the horses of Hawaii had attracted the critical eyes of the United States military, when the cavalry at that time rode horses and mules instead of four-wheel-drive cargo trucks.  By World War II, Hawaii horses were considered better for military purposes than those raised and trained in the continental United States.  General George Patton, who later led the United States tank cavalry in World War II, came to Hawaii as a major and bought, trained, and rode Hawaii’s excellent horses.

Mauna Kea Spring Snow!!!

Lots of storms today and our beloved Mauna Kea got a nice white snow today April 6th 2011!!!! She cleard just enough to get a few pictures this evening.

The Amazing Light of Waimea

There are a few places on this Earth that are just blessed with the right light and amazing colors. Waimea is one of those places. Everyday I pinch myself that I actually live here.

Waimea is “up-country” at an elevation of around 2800 feet it is cooler than down at the ocean. Home to the W.M. Keck,  Canada France Hawaii Observatories and Parker Ranch. It has a unique character all its own.

I hope you enjoy.

The “Mana” of Mana Road

Red dirt, green grass and a snow covered Mauna Kea. Does it get any better?

Sometimes I feel like I am in the African Safari?

Taking a closer look at the Donkeys I noticed some of them have striped legs like Zebra?  The sun had gone down this evening on the way back from Waikoloa and the greens in the grasses were so vibrant.   The hill or pu’u is named Nohona o Hae.

The Things I saw Today January 21st 2011!

Crazy sunrise on Mauna Kea, it was some effect from my lens, but I have never seen that before??

Beautiful snow on Pu’u Ha’u Kea with Mauna Loa in the Distance.

My shadow with moon

The last photo was taken a few hours later at Hapuna Point!!!

What a day!!

The End of One Day Heralds a New

The sky was changing so fast and these colors last a mere moments!!

One of My Favorite Places

I am always so fullfilled when I am in a place like this, Buster Brown has always been one of my most favorite places to be. The warm sun on my face, the cool trades blowing and the majestic view of Mauna Kea looming in the distance.

In All Her Grandeur: Mauna Kea Panorama (PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE)

This photo of Mauna Kea was taken with 3 separate images using the Canon 1D Mark IV and combined in in CS5.  It was shot with the Canon 85mm f 1.2 at f/10 at 1/45 ISO 200 (If you wanted to know!)  I hope you like the photo as much as I enjoyed taking the image!!

Mauna Kea finally reveals herself!

After a nice snow storm Mauna Kea stayed hidden all day yesterday.  She revealed herself briefly this morning just before another storm approaches.  These two photos were taken within a few minutes of each other!!

From Hawaiian Cowboy Country

This cow was walking along the fence and crossed the path of the sun, I thought it looked cool.  Very spiritual place along Mauna Kea Ranch Lands.

Where Glaciers Used to Roam

15,000 years ago a glacier sat on top of Mauna Kea.  What you are looking at is the glacial moraine at the top of the mountain.  Then Mauna Kea erupted under the ice sheet and the melt off created the Pohakuloa Gulch.  After the Earth warmed 15,000 years ago the ice melted.

Wow!! Another Mauna Kea Sunrise??

Amazing Mauna Kea Sunrise

First Snow on Mauna Kea!!

Lake Waiau, Mauna Kea Summit

The 7th highest lake in the United States!  A sacred place on the summit.

Mauna Kea Summit and Keck

Couldn’t resist taking a shot of the Keck Telescopes under the bright moon!

Panoramic of Mauna Kea!!

Panoramic of Mauna Kea!!  I took 4 separate shots of Mauna Kea to get this one picture.

Purple Mauna Majesty

So I am am sitting at my computer and I look out the window and see Mauna Kea with perfect light cast upon its slopes and I think to myself, “gee how many pictures can I take of this mountain?”  Well, I am glad I captured the late summer light because the hues of purple were incredible.  I hope you enjoy!!  If you like this picture let me know!!

Beautiful Waimea, My Hometown

Waimea on the Big Island is a beautiful place.  It is situated between Kohala and Mauna Kea at an elevation of 2500 feet which keeps the days and nights cooler than down at the ocean.  It is home of Parker Ranch, Canada France Hawaii and Keck Telescope headquarters.  A visit to the Big Island isn’t complete without a visit here!

Mauna Kea Sunrise

Mauna Kea has many different moods.  The hue of colors this morning were very relaxing and needed to be captured!!  You can see some of the 13 telescopes at the summit.  Mauna Kea is the premier location on the planet for viewing the night sky and is home to the largest telescope on the planet the Keck Observatory.