Sunrise At Maui’s Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory
Being atop Maui’s Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site at sunrise is almost a mystical experience. Just getting up at 5am and packing into a van (pre-coffee) is itself a spiritual awakening— from sea level, the climb up a 2-lane road to the 10,000 foot volcano summit. According to Wikipedia, this research observatory “is above one third of the Earths’s troposphere“ (I take their word for that) and thus offers an exceptional view (literally) of the skies at night.
Almost like a moon landing site, within its immediate rock and sky surroundings, may I ask, do we ever take enough pictures of others? Though my focus is mostly toward landscape photography, I guess I do my part, at least in this particular photograph.
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