Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hawaii Mt Maua Kea This was basically amazing- Heighlight of the trip. Naomi and I traveled to the top of Mount Maua Kea. This is the highest point in Hawaii and where most of the world's cutting edge telescopes can be found. I've been a huge fan of sunsets for a long long time and this ranked as on of the very best. For the last 2 days a storm had been hitting the Hilo, east side of the island. It always looked like it would spill over the Kona side but it would just hang at the top of the mountain. We canceled our 1st trip because conditions were supposed to be no visablity due to storm clouds. We went the previous day and had a fantastic sunset above the clouds. I could spend an entire vacation here. It was very cold and the air was thin. We also saw and shot great stars here. They say the view is great during the day as well. I would seriously consider coming back for this in the future. wow final bit of sunset fog rolling in after sunset more fog drive down - the drive down was actually scarier than the drive up- It was sort of like a thrill ride. Driving down in the low vidsiblity dark really made me think about renting a 4wd and doing it our selves in a future vacation. It was pitch black and we were basically driving through clouds. This reduced the visabilty to about 15 feet.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mark and Naomi go to Hawaii! [and it rained a lot ^^]

Mark Vs the Wave waves from a swell that happened in the beginning of our trip We were driving back from a lave flow park along the Puna [south east] coast and I heard these loud booms. I looked through the trees and could see massive waves shooting above a rocky cliff. the cliffs were 15 - 30 feet.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Once many years ago, I was flying across the pacific and I saw an amazing lightning storm from the plane's window. It was on of the most amazing things I have ever seen. For many years I have always get the window seat and carried a camera in hopes of documenting lightning from a plane. On my trip to St. Croix I got incredibly lucky and saw 2 lightning storms! 

This is the map of the above lightning shots taken flying between San Juan PR and NYC on the return trip. 

We saw a 2nd storm coming into JFK and lightning. Very sadly I was sitting on the wrong side of the plane. The moon was orange on landing. [see the video]
This was the radar when we took off from JFK to San Juan!! Arthur is just passing NYC and JFK at the time of our take off!
Sadly no good images of Arthur could be seen from the plane :(
Shooting lightning from a plane was on my bucket list- I was sooo happy to get this!! When I was younger I saw an amazing lightning storm over the Atlantic from a plane. The captain tired to get everyone to look out the the other side of the plane- trying not to alarm anyone. Sadly I did not have a camera on my person and ever since I have tried to shoot lightning again from a plane. I got very lucky I had just attended my cousins wedding and it was and incredible way to end an amazing trip.