HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
These beautiful natural light photos of HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands represent the finest collection of fine art photographic images which portray the natural beauty of this wilderness landscape. As beautiful and exciting as these pictures are, their true value is in the credence given to the reputation of spectacular beauty that has been bestowed upon this volcano mountain, often referred to in Hawaiian mythology as the HOUSE OF THE SUN.
Award winning photographer Frank Wicker has chosen HALEAKALA, particularly its crater, as a focus for his photographic art form. His passion for capturing the unique physical beauty of this volcanic crater and its distinctive rim at just the right moment commands a dedication to life's purpose itself. His palette is the play of natural light on the ever changing nature of the distinctive shapes and forms of the multi colored cinder cones and lava flows that give his photographic images an artistic quality. His quest is to capture the emotional appeal of this unique landscape and its mystical aura.
Sometimes surrounded by clouds and always shrouded in timeless mystery, MAUNA HALEAKALA reigns majestically over the island of Maui. Encapsulated into the U.S. national park system in 1961, the HALEAKALA volcano in Hawaii, is now also designated as an International Biosphere Reserve. Its domain stretches from the sub tropical seashore at Kipahulu to the uppermost reaches of a barren arid landscape at the 10,023 foot high summit. While the rain forest on the windward slopes of the HALEAKALA mountain can receive as much as 400 inches of rain annually, the barren alpine/aeolian landscape at the higher elevations creates a challenging environment for our beloved Nene geese, the Hawaii state bird. Only a few living plants, such as the Haleakala Silversword, or 'ahinahina, and the naienaie, or kupaoa, have been able to survive the weather conditions at this altitude. From this height, the volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii are clearly visible, sometimes with a coating of fresh fallen snow for visual contrast.
The Hawaiian people, the kanaka maoli, have always considered this mighty mountain to be the home of the fire goddess Pele, and as a vast repository of her mana, or essence. Even though awe and wonderment are emotions to behold on a clear day...an enlightening experience bordering on a religious/spiritual response is yours to enjoy if you can spend a day hiking inside the crater...getting in touch with the aina. It is said that the spirit and experience of solitude and tranquility can best be described as having a communion with your soul.
Because of the unpredictable weather and viewing conditions when the mountain is shrouded in clouds, it is unfortunate that far too many visitors leave our island without having had the opportunity to enjoy Pele's gift to the Hawaiian Islands. To all our friends who have come and gone...we bid you a fond farewell and offer you these photographs to re-ignite your experiences.
Frank Wicker also travels internationally to capture the beauty of other natural landscapes, whether it be to the American Southwest or the Canadian Rockies...he is always in search of the "right light" to capture the emotion of his vision. His expanded line of fine art photography can be seen at www.frankwicker.com.