I spent 4 days hiking inside Haleakala trying to find a trail to Hana, but found its way too dangerous to proceed without a marked trail. At night you could see every star and planet because there are no lights to get in the way of them. Day's and night are extremely cold and most of the days were covered in clouds. If you look closely you can see trails that lead you around the cones that have appeared over time, and even though they say this volcano is dormant, I was still a little worried. Here is some information on Haleakala that I found on Wikipedia.
Haleakalā ( ˌhɑːliːˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian: [ˈhɐleˈjɐkəˈlaː]), or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by the West Maui Mountains.
Early Hawaiians applied the name Haleakalā ("house of the sun") to the general mountain. Haleakalā is also the name of a peak on the south western edge of Kaupō Gap. In Hawaiian folklore, the depression at the summit of Haleakalā was home to the grandmother of the demigod Māui. According to the legend, Māui's grandmother helped him capture the sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā, at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.
According to the United States Geological Survey USGS Volcano Warning Scheme for the United States the Volcanic-Alert Level as of June 2011 was "normal". A Normal status is used to designate typical volcanic activity in a non-eruptive phase. Haleakala has produced numerous eruptions in the last 30,000 years, including in the last 500 years. This volcanic activity has been along two rift zones, the southwest and east. These two rift zones together form an arc that extends from La Perouse Bay on the southwest, through the Haleakalā Crater and to Hāna, to the east. The east rift zone continues under the ocean beyond the east coast of Maui as Haleakalā Ridge, making the combined rift zones one of the longest in the Hawaiian Islands chain.
Until recently, East Maui Volcano was thought to have last erupted around 1790, based largely on comparisons of maps made during the voyages of La Perouse and George Vancouver. Recent advanced dating tests, however, have shown that the last eruption was more likely to have been in the 17th century. These last flows from the southwest rift zone of Haleakalā make up the large lava deposits of the Ahihi Kina`u/La Perouse Bay area of South Maui. In addition, contrary to popular belief, Haleakalā "crater" is not volcanic in origin, nor can it accurately be called a caldera (which is formed through when the summit of a volcano collapses to form a depression). Rather, scientists believe that Haleakalā's "crater" was formed when the headwalls of two large erosional valleys merged at the summit of the volcano. These valleys formed the two large gaps — Koʻolau on the north side and Kaupō on the south — on either side of the depression.
Macdonald, Abbott, & Peterson state it this way: Haleakalā is far smaller than many volcanic craters (calderas); there is an excellent chance that it is not extinct, but only dormant; and strictly speaking it is not of volcanic origin, beyond the fact that it exists in a volcanic mountain.
Surrounding and including the crater is Haleakalā National Park, a 30,183-acre (122.15 km2) park, of which 24,719 acres (100.03 km2) are wilderness. The park includes the summit depression, Kipahulu Valley on the southeast, and ʻOheʻo Gulch (and pools), extending to the shoreline in the Kipahulu area. From the summit, there are two main trails leading into Haleakalā: Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauʻu Trail.
The temperature near the summit tends to vary between about 40°F (5°C) and 60°F (16°C) and, especially given the thin air and the possibility of dehydration at that elevation, the walking trails can be more challenging than one might expect. Despite this, Haleakalā is popular with tourists and locals alike, who often venture to its summit, or to the visitor center just below the summit, to view the sunrise. There is no lodging, food, or gas available in the park.
Because of the remarkable clarity, dryness, and stillness of the air, and its elevation (with atmospheric pressure of 71 kPa/533 mm Hg), as well as the absence of the lights of major cities, the summit of Haleakalā (like Mauna Kea) is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for ground-based telescopes. As a result of the geographic importance of this observational platform, experts come from all over the world to take part in research at "Science City", an astrophysical complex operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, University of Hawaii, Smithsonian Institution, Air Force, Federal Aviation Agency, and others.
Some of the telescopes operated by the US Department of Defense are involved in researching man-made (e.g. spacecraft, monitoring satellites, rockets, and laser technology) rather than celestial objects. The program is in collaboration with defense contractors in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei. The astronomers on Haleakalā are concerned about increasing light pollution as Maui's population grows. Nevertheless, new telescopes are added, such as the Pan-STARRS in 2006.
More information can be found on Haleakala at the following web address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakal%C4%81
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Miguel82 (20888) 2012-04-11 12:58
Superb shot with nice colors and contrast
wide view and good pov
emilbo (22262) 2012-04-11 13:04
Quelle merveilleuse photo et excellente perspective. Tu as trouvé le point de vue idéal pour capter cette scène. Bel éclairage et les couleurs sont spectaculaires. Beau travail.
Cordiales salutations du Canada,
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-11 13:56
Amazing shoot.Great variety of colors.Excellent contrast and very nice note!Congrats.
PaulVDV (20703) 2012-04-11 14:02
What an amazing landscape! It looks like the emergence of the earth. In a way it is of course. Even while the volcano is dormant. Temporarily anyway.
Wonderful high POV. Splendid colours with nice red-green-blue contrasts.
Best regards, Paul
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-04-11 16:00
A shot from another planet indeed, quite incredible the little paths visible across the red hills. Clouds are a bit noisy, but ISO is very low, maybe the reduction?
A great landscape.
Sonata11 (33179) 2012-04-11 18:35
Awesome view!!!! what the impressively beautiful panorama of this volcano crater and surroundings. Great management of light, natural colors, sharpness, perfect clarity, POV. I love this image with nice POV, which let us see and admire the picturesque image. Excellent executed picture. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing. I love it, marvellous work. Congratulation.
aliabazari (12327) 2012-04-11 18:41
I hope you are well.
Very beautiful and lovely. Excellent color saturation. Well done.
JFS (32459) 2012-04-11 22:31
What an interesting view! I love the different tones and colors, good play of shadows too. A good work!!!
gildasjan (41064) 2012-04-12 0:46
La couleur du sol au premier plan donne beaucoup d'intensité à ce paysage et la complémentarité des couleurs est très bonne avec le bleu de ce ciel.
lousat (72855) 2012-04-12 4:25
Waaw Buddy,i wish to be there me too one day..ehehe...what a spectacular view an what a great capture whit a lot of colors and details,magnificent place and great choice of poiint of view to show us so well this beauty! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
diomed (13926) 2012-04-12 9:21
spectacular view on this Volcano Crater, amazing surreal landscape, superb colors, phantastic sky on the backside.
Great POV, DOF and sharp. TFS
Have a nice day
cornejo (28503) 2012-04-12 9:56
Hey Buddy, very good photo of this beautiful and interesting place, very well done with crisp, light and lovely natural color. Very nice and charming work, congratulations my friend. Good afternoon and happy weekend. Tfs.
Cricri (101805) 2012-04-12 11:55
Un paysage de grande beauté de ces cratères volcanique, des couleurs sensationnelle, le bon choix du POV pour bien en apprécier toute sa beauté
Gigidusud (13613) 2012-04-12 12:50
Fantastic shot!Nice colors and great POV.
Thanks for sharing.
josepmarin (57575) 2012-04-13 4:52
the sight of this wonderful landscape that you offer us in this composition is absolutely magic, the chromatic palette is amazing, and the image is very deep.
I like the reddish tones of the landscape, and its nice contrast with the green tones, and the excellent graphical effect created by the white clouds in the sky.
The ensemble has a high aesthetic level.
It's a great work.
mumek (20198) 2012-04-13 9:32
Good afternoon Buddy!
Last year I was on Oahu Island, I never been on Maui. This is a very beautiful view at the crater with superb colours. Thanks for very interesting and informative note. Thanks for sharing
angel66 (1006) 2012-04-13 10:19
what a view! Contrast and colours are very special..a proper TE photo! TFS
Have a nice evening
photoray (10469) 2012-04-14 7:49
An excellent vision of inside Halekala, detailing the varying colors and textures of the volcanic landscape.
I think the inside of Haleakala is more photo worthy then the touristy - "be there for sunrise".
And I am impressed you hiked around inside the crater, especially attempting to make it to Hana.
eldancer1 (25574) 2012-04-14 9:07
Wow! Awesome capture of this volcano! And thanks you for the info. Sharp details and wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.
And, thank you for directing me to the beta site! Didn't know about that.
delpeoples (52729) 2012-04-15 3:55
You really do go to some interesting place, you intrepid hiker you! I love volcanoes, and this view into the lion's mouth, so to speak, is fascinating. Not an easy shot to take, because it's difficult to demonstrate the entire crater and how large it is. I had this problem when I climbed Mt Vesuvius. Anyway, back to the photo, superb colours, excellent contrast and impressive depth of field. A beautiful and original shot. I hope it's ok if I add this to my Theme on Volcanoes?
macjake (52888) 2012-04-18 10:15
Hi Buddy, the photo may not be 100% clear, but looking at the view and the subject...who cares! :)
its a spectacular view, one which i'd be very happy to get myself. I've never been to Hawaii, and now you're making me want to go!
great POV and subject.
danyy (0) 2012-04-19 6:43
la zone volcanique la plus active du globe, des couleurs bien typiques, un cratère qui semble tranquille, mais on devine que la Terre vit juste au dessous.
Un grand point pour les couleurs, moins pour ces nuages un peu trop exposés.
kiks (11749) 2012-04-24 7:26
surreal landschape and beautiful!! I love all the diferent tones of green and orange and the contrast is amazing.
Very beautiful composition.
SnapRJW (29318) 2012-04-26 23:23
Hello Buddy - I've had a look through your gallery and as a landscape lover this shot stands out for me. I love the colours, such a rich variety and how well they help to define the topography of the crater. I see a small trail through the landscape which gives a nice clue as to scale. An impressive shot and what a wonderful place to visit. Warm regards Rosemary
kabel (1595) 2012-04-29 7:19
Hello Buddy, Great colors and panoramic sweep of the volcano area on Maui. Very helpful and interesting notes so I could learn a little bit of this area. I am wondering why you chose f4 aperture. Perhaps with a smaller aperture the noise would have been reduced.
Have a great day,
jusninasirun (17156) 2012-05-01 6:03
This is an amazing view looking at the craters in fine contrasting colors. Details are undulating surface add perspective in the frame.
Thanks and have a nice day.
fritzi007 (3087) 2012-05-17 2:54
beautiful scenery, very colorful, and your comment is very informative!
- Copyright: Buddy Denmark (PecoBud) (3824)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-03
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Volcanoes II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-11 12:28
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