Nakalele Point, Maui
We took a hike to this Volcanic Outlook during our trek on a stop on one of the most frightening roads we have every driven on. Further along, the road narrowed to 1.2 car widths, twisting along the steep coast, 500 ft up and 1000 ft down with no gaurd rail. Talk about white knuckle driving! However, it was spectacular and lead us to many amazing sights including a small roadside stand where we found the best Banana Bread ever! There was a very patient older local Lady waiting for the Tourists to clear out before buying her loaf. We proceeded down the almost single lane road with this Lady behind us. She was following at a respectful distance, but as soon as we could, we pulled over and she zipped away a breakneck speeds! Gotta get that Banana Bread Home!
Now a bit about that Hike! We went to the edge of a massive cliff for this shot. Nikon D7000, trusty Sigma 10-20mm, Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter. sturdy Manfrotto Tripod…and great sneakers! We saw some naive Folks right down by The Blow Hole which was a bit to the right. It would have been a trek down there and looked somewhat dangerous. Hence, this news below!
Nakalele Point is the northernmost point on the island of Maui. It is famous for a Blow Hole with powerful geyser-like water spouts with the waves and tides. Water spewed can rise as high as 100 feet in the air.
On July 9, 2011, David Potts, a 44-year-old general contractor from San Anselmo, Northern California, was killed while standing dangerously close to the “Nakalele” blowhole. While Mr. Potts was standing near the blowhole with his back to the surf, a large wave swept him into the mouth of the blowhole. A nearby witness states that Potts resurfaced for a moment, but disappeared as another large wave crashed over the blowhole.
Photography is wonderful, but one always needs to judge the risk one would take for “The Ultimate Shot”, yes?
Thanks for the kind visit to our humble PhotoBlog – Seasons Greetings! Kathleen and Erik!