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.
Small Fish, Hawaii
A school of little fish hover in the crystal-clear water near Kona.
Iron-red earth sculpted by wind erosion. The boulders were remnants of the work of a previous ice age.
Molten Pour, Kalapana
On an unusually calm day at sea, the heat from the volcano was purely evident.
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.
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.
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.
Mauna Loa Cloud
The vastness of Mauna Loa is on a scale that is difficult to decipher. It is a massive piece of geology.
Hulopo'e Beach, Lanai
Sun sets on the fiery red rocks that border this tranquil beach on the south shores of Lanai.
Storm Over Ocean
Winter can bring substantial rainfall riding in on the easterly tradewinds. This one is coming to the never forgotten place of Kapoho.
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.