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Old Jan 22, 2010, 7:25 PM   #1
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Just to make sure folks don't get the impression that Hawaii is only beaches. These were taken with a Sony A700 using a Tamron 17-250mm lens.

This shot of the Waimea area of the Big Island shows a view of the dormant volcano, Mauna Kea. You are looking at the mountain with the Parker Ranch in the foreground complete with barbed wire fences. Cattle is raised on this ranch which is located over 1000 ft up and used to be the largest privately owned ranch in the USA.



Also in the same general vicinity but looking in almost the opposite direction are verdant hills which were again once active but now dormant volcanic cones.


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Old Jan 22, 2010, 7:47 PM   #2
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these are great Selvin.

That 2nd shot is stunning. i love the lead in from the fence, the color/contrast is perfect and i love the shadows on the mountains from the coulds. excellent shot!
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 8:16 PM   #3
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Very nice picks. A different Hawaii for certain.
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 9:31 PM   #4
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Whenever I view a landscape and "rate" it, my first emotion would be a longing to be there at that spot and to see it personally. Your photos make me want to be there. I spent a week in Honolulu on R&R in 1970, and all I saw was beach. Please post more of these, they are great..

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Nicely composed, and educational. Well done.
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I really like #2...the fence leads my eye down the road. In #1, I'm not sure I like the fence in the foreground..seems more of a distraction since it just seems to sit there and get in the way of the mountains in the background.
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funny, i always thought Mauna Kea was taller than that... nice shots, though, and as has been said, a very different view of Hawai'i...
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Old Jan 23, 2010, 7:34 PM   #8
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Folks,
Thank you very much for the kind comments. Squirll33, In shot #1 I debated about the fence for some time and actually have a version without. Mauna Kea is about 13,000ft above sea level but after you add in where it actually starts at the bottom of the ocean it is taller than Mt. Everest. The Hawaii Tourist Board makes me say that (just joking)

Not too many folks get an opportunity to see the middle of the Big Island which has these views. Most stick to the beaches naturally. Will occasionally post the "Other Hawaii".
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Old Jan 23, 2010, 9:01 PM   #9
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"Mauna Kea is about 13,000ft above sea level"

really? doesn't look that high. maybe it's the fact that there's no snow on the summit, and it looks relatively low compared to where the shot was taken from...
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"Mauna Kea is about 13,000ft above sea level"

really? doesn't look that high. maybe it's the fact that there's no snow on the summit, and it looks relatively low compared to where the shot was taken from...
Snow appears only when the conditions are right during a few days every winter. This shot was also not taken during winter. The mountain is enormous in volume thus its width is very big compared to its height which partly explains the seeming "flatness." See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauna_Kea

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