Port 1 Hilo — Rainbow Falls and Volcanoes National Park


Kilauea Caldera

Kilauea Caldera

Our next stop on Ricky’s tour bus was Rainbow Falls, aptly named depending on how the sunlight hits the spray rising from the Wailuku River.

Wailuku River

Wailuku River

The falls are quite the sight, and it’s very fun composing shots highlighting only certain aspects of the falling water.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Still, the complete falls are themselves fun to capture, especially in portrait orientation.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Check around the area for some beautiful flora, as well.

Rainbow Falls flora

Rainbow Falls flora

A little over an hour later we entered Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Here I let my inner Ansel Adams take over with a red-filtered (see: Black & White Photography—It’s All in the Color!) black-and-white panorama of the nearby area.  Below is a photo of the ranchlands and scrub beneath a cloud-shrouded Mauna Loa:

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Just beyond this ranchland we entered the national park overlook of the awesome and somewhat frightening Kilauea Caldera.

Volcanos National Park

Volcanos National Park

What’s so frightening about the Kilauea Caldera?  Take a look, and note the lack of vegetation and the smoke rising into the air.

Kilauea Caldera

Kilauea Caldera

We’ll be taking a closer (zoomed) view of the caldera on Monday.  Until then, here are two more images from the park:

Kilauea Caldera

Kilauea Caldera

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

 

 

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