Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Never go out for an early morning walk without your camera. If you do, you'll surely see something worth photographing, and you will have to run back to the house for your camera, just as I had to do a few days ago. Fortunately I had only walked about 200 meters down the road from my house when I saw this scene.
This was the sky I saw a little past 7 AM that day. The sun had just cleared the top of Mauna Kea -- the mountain in the far left of this photo -- and was shining brightly into the clouds as if trying to melt them. Indeed, the clouds overhead were starting to dissipate without giving us any rain again!! We really, really need rain in my area. If you don't believe me, look at the color of the grass in the field in the foreground.
In the center of the photo is Mauna Loa, the second highest mountain in Hawaii. It was partly obscured that morning by a layer of "vog" that had drifted over from Kilauea, a volcano that is erupting vigorously at present. "Vog" is what we call the haze produced from volcanic emissions here in Hawaii. (Kilauea is not visible in this photo.)
The mountain on the right hand side of the photo -- the one trying to hide behind the coconut trees -- is called Hualalai. Later in the day, Hualalai became completely obscured by the vog, but at this point in the morning, the sky above it was clear and blue.
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