Earlier this year, when our trip was first being booked and sorted out, the first thing I added to my list of things to do/see was to be at Haleakala for sunrise. One of two volcanoes that form Maui, Haleakala is to the east of the island, about 2.5 hours from our resort. We woke up early on Sunday morning to give us enough time to get to the top - and when I say early, I mean it. I'm a "morning person" and even the 3:30AM alarm was rough.
On the way up, we were able to catch the moon setting to the west.
The summit of Haleakala is at 10,000 feet. At that altitude it gets cold, I realized. And since we were traveling to HI, we didn't think to pack cold-weather apparel. Life was rough waiting for the sun to come above the clouds. Here's Krystal wrapped in a beach towel (the most practical piece of equipment we brought up there).
Of course, there was a giant crowd at all viewing points. To get the best spot, we needed to break the rules a little bit. Chad and I found a few rocks to jump over and had some space to make images.
Once the sun was out, you could instantly feel the air warming up. As the sun continued to gain height in the sky, it illuminated the crater and cast some spectacular shadows.
And to give you a sense of where we were, I turned around to see the shadow the volcano was creating to the west from the rising sun. Lanai is the island in this photo and west Maui to the right.
I always have fun getting creative at my desk when I process images. Here's a black and white that I think compliments the idea of light and shadows well.