With minimal pollution or cloud coverage obscuring the ethereal views and a nice 14,000-feet extension into the sky to bring them that much closer, Mauna Kea is regarded by many as the premiere observatory in the Northern Hemisphere. The sights you see are the result of one dedicated photographer’s time lapse of the area, spanning for three days in April. Enjoy.
Often mistaken as UFOS due to their formation, the bizarre clouds featured above are known as lenticular clouds, which are defined by their lens shape and their high-altitude perpendicular alignment to wind…
Considered sacred by locals and scientists alike, the pristine peaks of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea have proven contentious. Given its high altitude and excellent air flow, Mauna Kea is considered one of the world’s finest astronomical observation sites and as such thirteen massive telescopes have been constructed by eleven different countries. To local Hawaiians, though, the much-revered volcanic peaks were reserved solely for the eyes of high-ranking tribal chiefs. Naturally, the tension between scientific research and cultural tradition in the region has been widespread, pernicious and persistent.
True, fall is here in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean that a photo of Hawaii’s pristine beaches can’t warm you some.
Photographer Clark Little perfectly captures the serenity before the breaking of a wave on a Hawaiian beach.