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Sundown [44]

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Sundown

The sun drops behind the cloud layer, hastening the night. In just a few minutes the stars become visible.

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Written by arangodan

September 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Pu`u Wekiu [48]

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Pu`u Wekiu

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One of the best adventures we had on the Big Island of Hawaii was to book a Mauna Kea sunset tour. The tour took us in four wheel drive vans to the summit to watch the sun set and learn about the observatories, geology, ecology and spirituality of Mauna Kea.

Pu`u Wekiu is the highest peak at the summit of Mauna Kea. In this picture, you can see a trail leading to the top where there is a shrine. The summit of Mauna Kea is sacred to the original people of Hawaii and their descendants. It is considered a place where deities reside.

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Written by arangodan

September 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

Mauna Kea Shadow [49]

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Mauna Kea Shadow

POD 49
One of the best adventures we had on the Big Island of Hawaii was to book a Mauna Kea sunset tour. The tour took us in four wheel drive vans to the summit to watch the sun set and learn about the observatories, geology, and ecology of Mauna Kea.

As the sun was setting, I looked to the west (sometimes the better picture is behind you) and was amazed by the sight of Mauna Kea’s shadow spread out across the clouds. It affected me on a primal level – it revealed the magnitude of the mountain in a way that facts and figures about the mountains altitude and size could not. We see shadows every day – we walk under the shadow of trees, we see our own shadows long and short as the sun climbs the sky. But the idea that there could be something so big as to cast a shadow on the tops of clouds?

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Written by arangodan

September 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Mauna Kea – Southern Slope [52]

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Mauna Kea - Southern Slope

One of the best adventures we had on the Big Island of Hawaii was to book a Mauna Kea sunset tour. The tour took us in four wheel drive vans to the summit to watch the sun set and learn about the observatories, geology, ecology and spirituality of Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano with its summit is at 13,796 ft above sea level

This picture was taken above the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station. You can see it at the bottom right hand corner of this picture. The station is at 9,300 feet above sea level and our tour group stopped there briefly to acclimate to the altitude and look through some solar telescopes. We stopped again at approximately 10,300 feet to take some pictures. Here you can see a number of cinder cones. And yes, those are clouds. Some of the other pictures show even more dramatic views of the cloud layer as seen from above.

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Written by arangodan

September 4, 2010 at 8:30 am