While one thinks of places like Maui as being tropical, lush and green there are some areas of Maui that are quite similar to my home state. Maui has its own little dry land that is so close the tropical side you actually see the shades of green along side the mountain getting greener and most lush as you move away from the coast.
The Brown very dry and pretty much devoid of any large trees has a charm all itself, with miles of coastline and sunsets to die for. Maui is pretty much two extinct volcanoes with a section joining the two classed as the flat lands, pretty much where all the sugar cane and the sweetest pineapples I have ever tasted grow.
On one side of one extinct volcano it gets pretty much 400 inches of rain per year or 10mtrs and on the other side it gets under 2 inches per year 5cm. This is caused by the height of the mountains and the tropical wind direction. If you think that is a lot of rainfall on this mountain, the mountain that makes up “The Road To Hana” gets over 1000 inches of rain a year or around 25mtrs of rain. No need to top the pool up on that side of the mountain 🙂
Below is a small series of images taken at 70mm with the Canon 5D of the dry side of the mountain. The only way way into these mountains is via chopper, whereas the other side of Maui is Haleakala where you can if you wish drive the “Road To Hana” itself an amazing place to see and one place I hope to one day spend a few days photographing.