Large Winter Surf at Lekeleke, Big Island
Along the western shoreline large swells occur during this time of year.
Cook Pine Needles, Molokai
A rich tapestry of seeds litters a forest floor high above Kalapapa.
Iron-red earth sculpted by wind erosion. The boulders were remnants of the work of a previous ice age.
Tree and Waterfall
A liquid environment provided by the state's highest waterfall, Akaka Falls, provides fertile ground for large trees.
Tropic Bird, Kilauea Volcano
These magnificent birds fly up to 30 miles out to sea every day in search of food only to return to the cliffs of the Kilauea caldera where they make their home.
Ferns in Lava
The green presented here is in stark contrast to the barren lava field underneath. These plants are hardy enough to die and re-grow in the same rocky spot year after year.
Approaching Storm, Kapoho
A winter storm moves in to the eastern shores of the Big Island at sunset.
Water Drops on Leaf
Raindrops from an overnight shower grace the leaves of a banana plant.
Honopu Bay, Lanai
Looking north toward Honopu Bay, and Honopu Gulch on the western flank of Lanai. The land is arid and the slope and bluffs to the ocean are dramatic.
These trees are actually considered a nuisance in Hawaii because they are huge and fragile, snapping easily in a strong wind storm.
The Largest Thing on Earth, Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa is the largest single mountain on the planet measuring over 9,000 cubic miles of sheer mass. The scale is enormous. Shadow of our helicopter in foreground.
Moon and Palm Trees
Peaceful evening twilight in Kapoho.
Lava Flowing into Sea
Witnessing the flow of the lava into the ocean from a boat only ten feet away from the action near Kalapana.
Kohala Mountains and Clouds
An afternoon shower hovers over the distant Kohala Range on the Big Island.
Hulopo'e Beach, Lanai
Sun sets on the fiery red rocks that border this tranquil beach on the south shores of Lanai.
Bull in Pasture, Parker Ranch
This bull seems to contemplate his future in a peaceful pasture off of the Mana Road that cuts through the Parker Ranch on the Big Island.
Ohia O Lehua Blooms, Volcanoes National Park
One of the first signs of plant life from the barren lava, these flowers are life-giving themselves.
Waiopae Tide Pools
A rainy day displays interesting contrasts on the tranquil tide pools of Waiopae on the Big Island.
The natural world of Hawaii is a beautiful kaleidoscope of color and light like no other place on earth.
It is also a place in peril as it is under environmental attack from many different angles. To be sure, the impact of climate change is endangering the stability of coral ecosystems not just on Hawaii, but worldwide. On the land, endemic species of birds and plants are in competition with myriad species of invasive species that thrive in the biologically fertile ground and sea.
The approach I take to my photography is to create images that quietly reflect scenes of nature (perhaps in the spirit of the late Elliot Porter) that's different than what might be expected for work normally seen of Hawaii. I want to convey not only beauty but a reverence for the important role these islands play in Earth's fragile balance.