Shortly after the sun dipped below the horizon, the sky appeared to catch fire.
The setting sun illuminates a splash of water off a wave.
This bird looked a bit forlorn when it landed on an outdoor shower at Spencer Beach Park. I think it was just looking for a drink of water, though there were alternatives not far away.
This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Road Trippin’.’ See more responses here. Since there aren’t any road trips, in the usual sense of the expression, here on the island, I thought I’d focus on a stretch of road that is one of my favorite drives here.
Old Saddle Road is an 11 mile stretch of the old highway that connected the west side of the island to the east side, through the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. These days, people take the new road, which is wide and smooth and allows drivers to zip along at 80 mph even though the speed limit is 60 mph. I like this highway, too, but the best part of any cross-island trip is always the old highway, which is up and down, winding, and dotted with one lane narrows where culverts pass under the highway (they’re not bridges) to channel the copious amounts of rain away from the road.
This stretch of road is bordered by ranch land, with horses, cattle, and sheep to the fore. There’s also a good variety of wildlife that can be seen in this area. And the weather can be anything from stunning to biblically awful, sometimes within the hour. So here are a few scenes that give an idea of that short, but special drive.
Soft early morning light illuminates the harbor at Kawaihae.
I like going for an early morning walk at Spencer Beach Park when I get the chance. Recently, I was down there the morning after a full moon. The moon was out and it was a tranquil morning, which set me up for the hustle and bustle of the day ahead.
The sun slides from behind a cloud into the water at Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park.
Late afternoon sun illuminates the beach at ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay.