Haleakala Crater (XL)
Ref.#13 1524xl ~ Haleakala Crater, Maui
The giant shield volcano, forms the eastern bulwark of the island of Maui. According to legend, it was here, in the awe-inspiring basin at the mountain's summit, that the demigod Maui snared the sun, releasing it only after it promised to move more slowly across the sky. Haleakala means "house of the sun". The park encompasses the basin and portions of the volcano's flanks. The shield volcano" rises up to 10,023'. On the road to the summit one often rises above the clouds to actually look down on a sea of puffy white extending into the distance.
Nikon D800E camera, 36 mp Digital Image
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