David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. My photographic interest include Travel, the Natural World, Landscapes, and Photographic Techniques. I try to include information for each image as to where, when, why and how the image was processed. Most of the images are available for purchase -- either as prints or rights managed (Clicking on an image brings you to the ShepArt Studio Team Site). Comments about the images or this site are always welcome. DJM

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16-December-2009

Maui Day 1: Haleakala National Park.

While attending a meeting in Hawaii, I had the afternoons free. For the first day I decided to drive to Haleakala National Park to check out a good location for a sunrise or sunset photo shoot on top of the volcano for later in the week. It is amazing going from sea level to Pu’U’Ula’Ula (Red Hill) the summit of of Haleakala at 10,023 feet. There were not many bicycles riding up, but many riding down. It looks like the tour operations bring you up the mountain and then let you ride a bicycle down. Up at the summit, I got some images of the rare Haleakala Silversword plant (one in bloom), and the Haleakala US Air Force Satellite Observatory Station. Going down the mountain, I stopped at the Kalahaku Overlook to take a panorama of the volcano crater. Further down, near the visitor center there were a pair of Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose) at the side of the road. The Nēnē is the state bird of Hawaii.  I had  previously seen Nēnē on the Big Island of Hawaii during a photography workshop with Thom Hogan.

Haleakala Silversword Plant. Image taken in Haleakala National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)

Haleakala Silversword Plant. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec).

Haleakala Silversword Plant. Image taken in Haleakala National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Haleakala Silversword Plant in Bloom with Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec).

Haleakala Air Force Satellite Tracking Station.  Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Haleakala US Air Force Satellite Observatory Station. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec).

Haleakala Air Force Satellite Tracking Station.  Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)

Haleakala US Air Force Satellite Observatory Station. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec).

Panorama taken from Kalahaku Overlook at Haleakala National Park. (David J Mathre)

Panorama of the volcano crater from Kalahaku Overlook.

Nene, Hawaiian Goose at Haleakala National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

Nēnē #971  at the side of the road near the visitor center. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec).

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