The morning was so cold! We parked our car where we’d end our hike and had to hitchhike up the rest of the way. Needless to say, not many people are going up at seven in the morning. Everyone’s coming back down after sunrise. So I took these images while we waited in a cold, wet cloud. Finally after waiting 45 minutes, we got the third car to stop and give us a ride. A nice couple from Maryland…made me think of crabcakes. Yum.
Haleakala’s varying terrain gives life to a variety of flora & fauna. The Nēnē, or Hawaiian Goose, is the last of Hawaii’s six endemic species of goose. The berries are from the Pukiawe shrub.