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Pictures from Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by foxtail1, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut Subscribing Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I drove to the top of Mauna Kea last month, a truly amazing spot. I began the day at sea level. The first stop was the Visitors Center at 9,000 feet. After acclimating for a while, I started the 4WD trip to the summit.

    The Visitors Center is visible below, as I started the climb.
    Climbing Mauna Kea by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    The telescopes are at the summit.
    Colors of Mauna Kea by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    Mauna Kea Gemini by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    Mauna Kea observatories from summit by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    Mauna Kea moonscape 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    The highest point, however, is a hike from where the observatories are located.
    trail to the summit 3 -Mauna Kea by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    At that altitude, I found it difficult even to walk around my Jeep, but I made it to the top.
    Mauna Kea summit marker by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    ETA: Shot with my G3 with Pan 14 mm, except for final pic which was shot with 45 mm. Some cropping, no other editing.
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  2. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    These are some mpressive looking observatories. This is a very interesting view of a part of Hawaii that I'm not used to seeing in travel photos. Thank you very much for posting these.
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  3. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut Subscribing Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I am continuing to go through my shots from Hawaii, and I found some taken later the same day. I had looped over to Hilo, gone north to the Waipio Valley, and I was heading across Rt 19 on the way back to Kona when I looked up at the mountain to my south and, to my amazement, saw the telescopes and realized I was looking at Mauna Kea from below. The peak had to be 15–20 miles south and about 11,000 feet above me. Of course, I pulled off the road and started shooting every time the clouds cleared enough to see the top.

    Mauna Kea from below by foxtail_1, on Flickr
    G3 with Pan 14 mm (Telescopes are visible in the center of the image at the top of the peak.)

    mauna kea from below 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr
    G3 with 100–300 mm (easier to see!)
  4. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Oh Big Island... Easily one of my favourite places on the planet.

    Great shots up on Mauna Kea. Did you stick around for sunset? Gorgeous and a little weird to look DOWN at a setting sun...
  5. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut Subscribing Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Alas, no. I was at the summit for an hour or two, then headed back down. I did catch the sunrise at Haneakala on Maui, so I know what you mean (I haven't gotten to those photos yet).
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