I was soaked! And I was cold!
The rain had been falling all morning, and I hiked up this trail to what the guidebook said was a small waterfall. I was in Maui, one of the Hawai'ian islands, and I dressed for the nice 70-80 degree weather Hawai'i is known for.
But this particular morning, I had been dressed in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, and as I was hiking in a rain forest (the eastern side of Maui is a verdant rain forest) - it was of course raining.
I had been driving along the road to Hana. This particular road is loaded with over 30 waterfalls, and I have to admit that at the time my skills, not to mention, my equipment, was lacking.
But I still had a eye for composition, or so I believed.
And so I took a lot of waterfall pictures that particular morning, but again without the proper equipment – this case neutral density filters – to increase my exposure time to get nice and smooth water. On my way back from taking a waterfall photograph that was up into the rain forest, off the beaten path, I found this scene. I loved the moss that seem to grow everywhere, and I knew I wanted a photograph of the mossy trees.
It had been raining (it is a rain forest, after all!) and in between the showers, with the camera I had, I was able to make this photograph. For me this photograph captures the feeling and sense of what I felt as I loved hiking that trail that morning on my way to Hana!
In May, I will return to Maui. I may even hike this particular trail again. And with the experience and knowledge of photography I have learned over the years, I expect a great improvement in my photographs that I take in Maui.