Kauai’s Kalalau Trail

Lush vegetation along the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii 
Lush vegetation along the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

The Kalalau Trail along Kauai’s verdant north shore is arguably one of the finest hikes in the world. Originally built in the late 1800’s to link early Hawaiian settlements along the rugged coastline, it is still the only land access to this remote part of the Island.

The trail, which starts at the end of the road at Ke’e Beach, hugs the sheer cliffs and traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where the pali (Hawaiian for cliffs) create a natural terminus.

Along this mystical journey you pass verdant spires, wander through lush valleys, and are left with the feeling that you’ve truly entered the Lost World (not surprising since both King Kong and Jurassic Park were filmed here).

Whether you cover the entire 11 mile distance and camp at Kalalau Beach or take an afternoon hike to Hanakapi’ai Beach to sample the dense jungle and golden light, this is the quintessential Na Pali Coast experience.

 

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World Oceans Day

Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Tunnels Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Tunnels Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii

June 8th is World Oceans Day – a chance to celebrate the bodies of water that make up 70% of our planet and provide food, recreation and place to rejuvenate the spirit. As home to an estimated 230,000 marine species, our oceans are a vast wilderness with ecosystems critically linked with our own. Unfortunately many of the earth’s inhabitants never see or experience our oceans, yet our impact through pollution and over-fishing has taken its toll.

Organizations such as the The Ocean Project provide a great opportunity to get directly involved in protecting the future of our oceans through personal and community involvement. Working with zoos, aquariums, and conservation groups, they sponsor beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other activities that help to raise consciousness of how our lives depend on the oceans and what we can do to keep them healthy long into the future.

 

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2019 – The Year in Pictures

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but looking back on 2019 I’m filled with gratitude and amazement for the visual opportunities that I’ve been fortunate to witness.

Over a decade ago Jim Goldstein began this popular project, which has evolved over the years to include numerous friends and colleagues whose work continues to be a source of inspiration.

Here I’ve selected a few of my favorite images released in the past year. These are not necessarily my best or most popular, but each represents a special moment in time in which the beauty of this amazing world (both natural and man-made) passed before my lens.

Please share and enjoy! And feel free to let me know your thoughts. You can click on any image for a large high quality view, to learn more about it or share individually. I look forward to your selects in the weeks ahead, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

-Russ

 

Sunset over the bay at Zaton, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Sunset over the bay at Zaton, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Fishing nets drying in the sun, Sipanska Luka, Sipan Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Fishing nets drying in the sun, Sipanska Luka, Sipan Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) and dunes, White Sands National Park, New Mexico
Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) and dunes, White Sands National Park, New Mexico

California Poppies and Goldfield, Antelope Valley, California
California Poppies and Goldfield, Antelope Valley, California

Akaka Falls and kahili ginger, Akaka Falls State Park, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii 
Akaka Falls and kahili ginger, Akaka Falls State Park, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
Slickrock formations in upper Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
Slickrock formations in upper Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona

Pololu Valley and beach through hala trees, North Kohala, Hawaii
Pololu Valley and beach through hala trees, North Kohala, Hawaii

Slickrock formations in lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
Slickrock formations in lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona

Evening light on Wukoki Ruin, Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
Evening light on Wukoki Ruin, Wupatki National Monument, Arizona

Sunset over Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California
Sunset over Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California

Evening light on the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Evening light on the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Giant Sequoia in the Congress Grove, Sequoia National Park, California
Giant Sequoia in the Congress Grove, Sequoia National Park, California

 

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