Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit

Doug Urquhart of Atlanta, Georgia, based The upThink Lab recently put together an excellent collection of timelapse videos taken during a recent wedding anniversary trip to the Big Island and Maui. The video features images from Kilauea and Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Haleakala in Maui.

Being above the inversions on Mauna Kea (13,796′) and Haleakala (10,023′ summit, Holua back-country cabin @ 6,900′) was a memorable experience. The weather was so predictable during our stay. Clear through the night and into sunrise, then the Trade Winds shift all the clouds into the Haleakala’s crater around 9am. For the rest of the day you’re stuck in the clouds with limited visibility. Around sunset the clouds begin to clear and the inversion settles back into place just under 7,000′.

The shadow of Mauna Kea (13,796′) attempting to bend over the earth’s atmosphere, although it wasn’t as spectacular as I have seen in other videos due to some unwanted clouds blocking the sun near the end.

The Zodiacal light is visible near the end of several easterly facing star-lapse sequences. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust particles in space in the final hours of darkness proceeding sunrise. Normally this is masked by light pollution.

Viewing other islands: you’ll notice Maui as seen from Mauna Kea (Big Island), Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa as seen from Haleakala (Maui), and Molokai, Lanai, & Kahoolawe as seen from Southern/Western Maui coastline.

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as viewed from where we camped on Green Sand Beach, the southern most point of the United States. Lots of other Hawaii Milky Way photos posted on my Flickr page.

Waxing Gibbous moon light across Haleakala’s Ko’olau Gap with the grand finale being the setting moon as shadows dynamically passed across the super wide cater and Hanakauhi (8,910′).

Music: Son of Haleakala by Paradise Blue from the album Mykonos Chillout Cafe (Feelings del Mar). Buy now from Amazon.

Urquhart also posted a few of his photos from his Hawaii trip. They were way too awesome for me to pass up posting here. All photos are by Doug Urquhart of The upThink Lab. And if you enjoyed the Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit video then be sure to checkout The upThink Lab’s current project, Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies.

A Tree at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater glows after dark with the early evening Milky Way above. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Sunrise at Green Sand Beach. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Milky Way stretches over a tent near Green Sand Beach, South Point Big Island Hawaii. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Kona Dawn. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Kona sunrise reflected in tidepools. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Mauna Kea – Very Long Baseline Array + Milky Way. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

Halemaumau Crater, Puu Puai & Kilauea Iki Crater. Photo by Doug Urquhart.

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