A Higher Perspective (Weekly Theme 18)

by Tiffany Mueller December. 11, 2016 2930 views

Just squeaking in a last minute contribution to our weekly theme--high perspective photography. I've had a pretty restless travel schedule and haven't actually been home in over a year. I'm feeling a little homesick, so I thought I would share a photo or two of this magical wonderland I miss on a daily basis. 

South Point, Hawaii--A popular cliff diving spot where the courageous can leap 60 foot (18 m) into the ocean.

Hamakua Coast

My island has a very diverse climate, you can find everything from the hot arid desert to freezing icy mountain peaks. Hamakua coast, however, is my favorite.  There's lots of gulches to explore, breathtaking ocean views, humbling mountain views, and (my favorite part) the most beautifully vibrant and lush rainforest a girl like me could dream of. 

Some days, I'm not sure why I ever leave the island at all. :)

Waipio Valley

Waipiʻo Valley, Big Island Hawaii

Waipiʻo Valley, Big Island Hawaii Waipiʻo Valley, Big Island Hawaii

Above is one of the most popular views on my side of BI. Waipiʻo Valley. This is a very sacred valley and is sometimes called the Valley of Kings. The photo was taken from the overlook, about 2000 feet (610 m) above sea level. There's a road leading into the valley, but is only accessible by experienced drivers and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is an absolute necessity. The road drops 800 vertical feet over the course of about 0.6 miles, making an average grade of 25%--steeper in certain parts of the road! 

The drive isn't for the faint of heart. It's especially sketchy when you one car is going down the road while another is going up--it's essentially a one lane road with a valley wall on one side and a sheer drop off on the other. In fact, there are a couple skeletons of cars on the valley floor that went over the edge, left there to serve as a reminder to use caution and respect. The difficulty to access keeps a lot of tourists from visiting the valley, but maybe this isn't such a bad thing. 

Akaka Falls

Another popular attraction, and one that's much more accessible to tourists is Akaka Falls. You can see it in the photo below, but I assure you, none of the photos in this post will do any of these places justice. They are definitely something that needs to be experienced in person. Fortunately, I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to this marvelous 442 feet (135 m) waterfall from my house. 

Akaka Falls Honomu Hawaii

Akaka Falls, Honomu, Hawaii

Have any of you visited Hawaii before? Which islands? They're all very different and have a personality and vibe all their own. Big Island is my favorite, but I love all of them.

Okay, friends, that's all I have for you now. If you haven't had a chance to enter into the weekly theme yet, you still have a little time. Entries close on Sunday night--check here for full details

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Jeelani Mehraj 4 years, 4 months ago

First one is going to stay in my head forever i surmise.. Nice shot!

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Tomie Poodle 4 years, 5 months ago

I understand now your home miss you !

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Daris Pro 4 years, 6 months ago

beautiful capture,and the way you focus on your subject.....

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 6 months ago

What an amazing place to call home! That dangerous road sounds rather like a death road in Bolivia with its sheer drops. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough!

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful shots! Makes me want to go & wonder how you can be away from such beauty, for so long.....
Love your detailed descriptions & interesting information!

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Tomie Poodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful island and photos !

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Amy Daniels 4 years, 6 months ago

The first and the Akaka fall are my favorite. Awesome photos

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Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

The waterfall image Is really breathtaking. I love the fact that you use a slow shutter but still fast enough to see the texture of the waterfall. Is there a second waterfall from that basin at the bottom?

The picture of the valley is great as well. I love the focus on the waves and blurry cliff. More artistic than using f/11 or f/22!
Thanks for sharing these with us, Tiffany.

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Tiffany Mueller Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

I haven't been all the way into the basin, but I suspect there are a lot of little waterfalls all around. This side of the island is known for their waterfalls. It's all the snow melting and coming down the mountain (Mauna Kea).

There are A LOT of waterfalls all over the island, actually. Even in the valley, those valley walls have dozens of waterfalls streaming down into the valley, into the taro fields, and out to the ocean, you can kinda see where the river enters the ocean in the Waipio photo.

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

I would love to visit Hawaii but it is so far away from where I live and so expensive to get there. Love the pictures.

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Tiffany Mueller Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Antonio! Hawaii is pretty far from everything, we are way out there in the Pacific by ourselves. Travel tip: it's cheaper to fly there in the winter months (Oct-Apr)!

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