Karen took this one of the start of the sunrise over the volcanic crater at the top of Mauna Haleakela on Maui, Hawaii. September 29, 2008.
We awoke at 2AM for our 2 hour drive to the 10,000 foot peak. The stars were out as the sky was completely cloudless this morning. After about an hour, we started to see the horizon appear, with the beginning light of the new day's sun. Sunrise was at 6:10AM.
This was taken about 10 minutes before the sun peeked above the clouds below us, and ultimately lit those clouds with a golden glow.
Worth the twisty, winding road up in the total darknes, the cold wind - it was 48 and gusting to 25 miles per hour up there - and the twisty, winding road with bunches of bicyclists speeding down the mountain to avoid. I'd do it again, as I know the light is different each time.
Even the 20 year veteran Park Rangers remarked at how clear it was today. They could see the Big Island - Hawaii, 100 miles away.
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