Before landing in Hawaii, we had a typical paradise-like image of serene, golden beaches in our minds. Heaven everywhere you go. Of course that is true of the islands, but the Hawaiian landscape, having been created by volcanic activity, is also much more varied than you’d think. On the Big Island, for example, there was no shortage of interesting scenery, from meadows to fertile jungles to lush valleys to black and gray volcanic rocks as far as the eye could see. Where molten lava once flowed and destroyed thousands of acres of land, plants are now growing and reclaiming the space.
But you miss a lot if you only look at large objects and ignore the details. This photo essay, like Textures of Iceland, zooms in on the small beautiful features that are part of the Big Island of Hawaii.