Waipoo Falls, Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Here we see one of the highlights of Waimea Canyon, the rather cinematic looking Waipoo Falls.
Kauaʻi is quite diverse for its dimunitive size. This 24 mile long island manages to squeeze in both the wettest spot on earth (Mount Waiʻaleʻale) and one of the world's most impressive and scenic canyons in Waimea Canyon. Waimea stretches for 11 miles (16 km) and is up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep. Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific it was formed by the strong errossion of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island's central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Another major factor in its formation was also born from a catastrophic collapse of the ancient volcano that created Kauaʻi. What a fascinating place!
Image Notes: two exposures used for this image, one 30 second exposure for the foreground/waterfall and a shorter exposure for sky. Not long after we viewed this scene, the clouds quickly filled the canyon. Sadly we didn't manage to make it to the top for the ultra-long view before it filled in, but still felt fortunate to get the long looks we did!