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Sunrise from Haleakala Crater, 10,023 feet above sea level on the "Valley Island" of Maui in Hawaii.

On this particular morning, there was at least 100 people atop Hawaii's tallest dormant volcano to witness the sunrise above the layer of clouds covering the crater.

Just above the rock formation at the right, that "star" you see is actually the planet Venus.

Shortly after my wife and I witnessed the sunrise, we hopped aboard bicycles and began a 38.2-mile ride from the top of the volcano at 10,023 to the ocean. The ride was exhilerating -- 99 percent of the trip is cruising downhill around 25 miles per hour, so you do almost no pedalling. All you do is steer the bike and stay within your group so you don't go plummeting off the side of the mountain!

This was a 16-second exposure with no flash.

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