The landscape around here on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii is pretty striking. This area is in the rain shadow of Mauna Lua and Mauna Kea and, as a result, is strangely dry (it feels very unlike the Caribbean since the humidity is so much lower than I would expect). Most of the land is covered in a mess of sharp lava rocks from ancient and not-so-ancient volcanic flows and very little grows in these areas which resemble some alien planet.
What does grow, however, can be surprising. I found this beautiful flowering bush growing alone in the middle of a lava field near the ocean. I wonder if it had been planted there since the only other vegetation in the area was some scrubby grass.
As with all the images I’m posting while on Hawaii, this was processed using Photoshop Touch and Filterstorm on my iPad.
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