We had an awesome adventure the Summer!

Slideshow and Toby Neal (my much better half) blog posts below.

Day 1

Day 2 –

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6 –

Why Blog?

Day 7

Day 8

The Twilight Zone- Day ?

Day 8a (9)

Day 9 (10)

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14-16

Day 17 –

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23-26

On Getting Lost

Day 27-28







The journey is what it’s all about… The decision of where to go…

The views along the way… the clouds, so cool…

Moonrise at sunset on the rim of Haleakala crater… chased by clouds higher up mountain…

Yeah, the experience…

10000 ft, can almost touch the moon… chased out again by high winds and fog /sleet…

Down the mountain, looking for holes in the sky to shoot the remainder of the eclipse…

Yep, it’s all about the journey!


Sunset from Haleakala…


Sunset  reflection at moon rise from Haleakala…

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6 hour, or so,  composite :)

One of my friends sent me a link to a photo blog project , to post your best 10 picture from 2012.

OK, Yeah, sounded like fun, so I looked for my favorite 10.

This was more difficult than I thought, as 2012 was a very good year for photos on Maui.

With the help of my Facebook family, I was able to narrow it down to 25 or so.

In the end the final choices were for the impact and interactions these images represent.



We are blessed. This is the view from my deck in Pukalani Maui.

On any give day you will find my wife and I enjoying the sunset at the end of the day.

God has been good to us and we enjoy sharing it with others. #Offthedeck




This image was hands down the most popular photo this year.

Taken at the summit of Haleakala crater Maui.

Here is a blog post about it.



I spent some time this year documenting the sugar cane burns.

While this is a controversial subject, it is a fascinating study.

The cattle egrets flock by the hundreds to eat the bug and rodents as they flee the fire.

 Click here to see a time lapse of one of the burns.



This image is a collaboration with Maui artist and friend Tim Garcia.

Tim had the idea of shooting his hulas dancers with the Blue Moon this year.

3am in the morning and  it all came alive!

Thanks Tim for the inspiration!

Click here to see a FB gallery of the Hula Circle Blessing at the Maui Winery.



2012 was an amazing year for celestial activities, stars, planets, meteors and eclipses lighting up the skies.

The Transits of Venus  was the rarest of these celestial phenomena, the last one in our lifetime, as the next one is in 2117!



Maui is the home of one of the biggest waves on the planet. Peahi (Jaws) only breaks a few times a year.

This image is of  Dave Wassel on 1-4-12, this wave won him the Monster Paddle award for 2012.

This photo was the one chosen to represent his amazing ride, very honored.

Mahalo Billabong!



This photo of the Puunene Sugar Mill was inspired one of Maui’s finest photographers, Randy J Braun.

This year has been an amazing  journey of meeting and working with so many amazing photographers,

through social media meetups, online and in person.

Thanks to the Maui Camera Club for providing encouragement and opportunities.



This was the first year of travel for me after a couple of  major surgeries.

This service trip to Nicaragua was amazing (God is so gracious).

The Miskito people of the Rio Coco river are amazing, thank you!

The skies were alive with volcanoes, amazing sunsets and lightning storms!



The vistas on Maui are awesome, inspiring and dangerous.

I almost drove off the road looking at this one, finally had to pull over to shoot this panorama.


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This image is a 10 shot panorama taken from the top of Haleakala at sunset, on one our many photographer meetups.

I’m always amazed at how 20+ people can be taking pictures at the same time and yet get such an awesome variety of images!

Thank You for looking :)




OK, this one #11 and  is from 2011, but came back up again in 2012 for another popular round of exposure.

It is my most popular shot ever, with tens of thousands of  views,

and  thouthands of “likes” and comments and continues to be one of my best sellers.


OK, yeah… I gotta put this one too :)

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.


Living out in the middle of the Pacific ocean has it’s advantages,

clean air, clear skies and on Maui a 10,000 foot volcano offer never-ending opportunities.

A photographer by the name of  Wally Pacholka inspired me to give it a go a couple years ago.

Click here to see those shots.  

I’ve been hooked ever sense. Moon shots, night sugar can burns, planetary events and of coarse starry nights.

But none have generated the response this shot of the Milky Way over the top of  Haleakala.

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit about the recent Milky Way shot:

Is this for real? How did you do this? Is this Photoshopped? Is it HDR? Did you use fill lighting? And what were the settings?

Here are the stats… Canon 7D, 16mm fish-eye, 30s, 2.8, iso 1600 – a couple seconds of my headlamp for the foreground,

a couple second with a spot light on the building. Camera on the ground (on wadded up surf trunks to be exact – forgot my sandbag :)

2s timer – Processed in Camera Raw 7.0 CS6 – Here is a screen shot of bridge showing the default raw file and the finished jpg.

Screen shot in bridge. Here you can see the raw file and the edited jpg, also some of the other takes that evening.

Let me know if this is helpful…

Thanks for all the all  likes, shares, comments and interest in this picture on FB.

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Aloha, here you will find some of what I see through the lens.

Scroll down see the rest of the month. Mahalo :)


October 29, 2011


October 28, 2011

October 25, 2011

Happy Face Spider


October 24, 2011

October 23, 2011

October 22, 2011

October 21, 2011



October 18, 2011

Pre-dawn cane burn…


October 17, 2011


October 16, 2011


October 15, 2011


October 14, 2011


October 13, 2011

October 11, 2011

October 7, 2011

October 5, 2011

Sweet sunrise to start the day…

A little surf action at Big Beach…..

Relaxing sunset on the pali…..

Another great Maui day :)


October 2, 2011

While the set over Lanai…

… a pink glow surrounded the moon…

Aloha from Maui!


  • **updated 12-21-10**
    The weather on Maui did not allow for the time laps pictures I was hoping for. But William Castleman nailed it :) Thanks for sharing!

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

  • While it is merely a coincidence that the eclipse falls on the same date as this year’s winter solstice, for eclipse watchers this means that the moon will appear very high in the night sky, as the solstice marks the time when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun.
  • A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays and casting a shadow on the moon. As the moon moves deeper and deeper into the Earth’s shadow, the moon changes color before your very eyes, turning from gray to an orange or deep shade of red. The moon takes on this new color because indirect sunlight is still able to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and cast a glow on the moon. Our atmosphere filters out most of the blue colored light, leaving the red and orange hues that we see during a lunar eclipse. Extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, will cause the moon to appear a darker shade of red.
  • The eclipse will be visible in the lower eastern night sky. During the maximum eclipse the moon ought to sit at about the halfway point in the eastern sky, and by the time it ends you can look for the moon to regain its familiar whitish hue directly above your head, or at its zenith.
  • Let’s hope the current storm passes and we have clear skies :) I will update this post if I get some shot tonight.

  • It’s amazing how you can live somewhere and not see what others travel 1000s of miles to experience. Having lived in the  islands for 30+ years, I have seen some beautiful stary nights. Yet as a photographer I had not spent much time shooting them. Inspired by amazing photos by Wally Pacholka and time-laps by Ocean Light, I waited for a clear night on the Haleakala Crater.

  • The drive to the top is a windy 45 minunites from my house, which I have diven many time, but not to shoot the night landscapes. I arrive as the sun and moon were setting (see video).

  • As the light faded, the cold (low 50s – I’m a wimp) and the stars took their place. Watching the Milky Way appear  and the lights in central Maui flicker, I had to wonder why it took me this long to appreciate what was in my backyard all along.

Now, to plan the overnight stay, to do the 6 hour time-laps :)

Take a look around, maybe there is something special right in your backyard…

  • For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several of Maui’s forest and bird restoration groups.

I’ve lived on Maui since the early 70’s and was clueless about these amazing forest birds and the people working hard to preserve and restore them.
Today I would like to introduce you to the Maui Forest Bird Recovory Project.

  • I have had the opportunity to join them on two trips to Hanawi State Reserve, helping with construction repairs, mist netting and photography.
  • You can see a Hanawi slideshow by clicking HERE.
  • Or a mist netting trip into Waikamoi Preserve by clicking HERE.
  • To see Hawaiian Bird photography click HERE

Please don’t hesitate to contact them and find out more.

2465 Olinda Road
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
TEL: (808) 573 0280     FAX: (808) 573 0519



Lobelia Grayana

Lobelia grayana

  • Rare and endangered plants are a new subject for me. My friend Pat Bily of the The Nature Conservancy (a self proclaimed “plant geek”) has been patiently pointing out the native plants in the Waikamoi Preserve. The Lobelias are one of the food sources for the native birds of Maui . In 3 years of hiking past this paticular plant, I had not seen it bloom. So when I heard it was flowering, I had to have a look. WOW – beautiful! It was lightly raining, but I had to shoot, as a family of I’iwi were working it.

Keiki I'iwi - Lobelia Grayana

I’m a Plant/Bird Geek in the making :)

Full List & Pictures of Hawaiian Plants by Forest and Kim Starr