Grand Symbols Over Maui

I had the most incredible day today. It began over 19 hours ago, with a pre-dawn drive up the mighty Haleakala volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The trip to the top was quicker than expected, so we arrived at the summit a full hour and a half before the Sun.

This week’s photo themes from The Daily Post and Where’s My Backpack? are ‘Grand‘ and ‘Symbol‘, respectively. And after my experiences today, I can honestly say there’s nothing grander than watching the sunrise from the top of a 10,000 foot-high volcano in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Except, perhaps, the unspoilt view of the stars I had while waiting for the Sun to make its first appearance of the day.

A Grand vista of the stars above Haleakala, with the Symbol of Orion centre stage (taken around 5.30 this morning)

A Grand vista of the stars above Haleakala, with the Symbol of Orion centre stage (taken around 5.30 this morning)

Seeing the Sun’s initial rays staining the clouds red from such a spectacular vantage point really was something special. And also symbolic of all sorts of things to do with ‘beginning’, or so I’m told.

This morning's sunrise over Haleakala, Maui

This morning’s sunrise over Haleakala, Maui

But after each beginning there must be an ending, I suppose. By this evening, I was back down at sea level to witness the end of this marvellous day, as the Sun once again sank behind the horizon.

This evening's sunset over the island of Lanai, from Lahaina, Maui

This evening’s sunset over the island of Lanai, from Lahaina, Maui

Tomorrow I hope to sleep well beyond sunrise!

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About Jaspa

Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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24 Responses to Grand Symbols Over Maui

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  2. Another great “mash-up” of the see and challenges.
    PS – awesome night sky photo!

  3. Amy says:

    Grand sunlights of Maui! The 5:30 am shot was an awesome capture.

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  9. Leya says:

    Absolutely wonderful! And that starry sky! Grand!

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  11. “Staining the clouds red”. I like your words almost as much as your photos.

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  13. Wow, these are fantastic photos! I love, just love that first shot! I’ve never been to Hawaii and after seeing these images it’s on my bucket list.

    • Jaspa says:

      Thanks! Actually, this post was written the evening the photos were taken, so I was more than a little tired. I’m planning to do something a little more comprehensive some time in the next few weeks.

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