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Old Jul 20, 2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon, on Kauai was something I truly was not prepared to see. I should have been since logic says the same titanic forces that produce such dramatic mountains in Hawaii could also cut canyons.

Still, I was stunned at the sites of the Canyon, even from just above the 500 foot level (shot with K-7 and Pentax 10-17 FE at its widest)

The canyon is characterized most by its extreme colors, the lush greens and the vibrant reds. Both are the result of the famous "Kauai Red Dirt." This stuff will permanently stain shoes or clothing in seconds, but is also responsible for the soil's remarkable fertility

The canyon is sometimes referred to as "Hawaii's Grand Canton," and it's easy to see why. We did not have a great day to photograph it as we ran into rain and mist over the canyon from the 1500 ft level on up to the 4000 ft. summit. As a result, many of the distant views are obscured by the weather, however, I hope some of the photos below give you an idea of its grandeur.

I hope to be able to produce some good HDR's out of some of these shots when I get home and have better processing software and a larger monitor.

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Yes, Paul. It looks super nice on my big monitor!
Stunning scenery.

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Paul Kauai looks wonderful through your eye and the cameras lens. This canyon is spectacular and the colors are so vibrant.

I am enjoying your trip, thanks for letting me tag along through your pictures.

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Amazing scapes. THe one with the waterfall is my favorite. Nice work with that FE!
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Great scenery and colors

thanks for sharing

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Old Jul 23, 2010, 9:50 AM   #6
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Spectacular scenery - great shots. Very much enjoying your tour of Hawaii.
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Wonderful scenery, wish I were there. Its fun to come along on your vacation.
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Thanks for all the kind comments. What started as a pretty crummy vacation with both of us sick turned out to be very nice. When we went to Kauai for the weekend, it was the turn of our daughter-in-law to be sick, which we really hated, but it gave Brenda and I a rare two days alone with our middle son, who is just under 30.

I was going through Brenda's photos of the trip and found this one. An apologia.....this was not taken with a Pentax, but with our new Fuji HS-10, a remarkable P&S camera. The photo definitely tells you when he was a kid.....

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We just came back from Kauai also. The canyon is truly incredible. A six shot panorama shot with a old Panasonic FZ8. I had this printed in a five foot long poster.
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wow what an impressive place
this is sure not what i would ever of expected in Hawaii
and wonderful photos too
the red and waterfall is definately different
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