EXPLOSION IN BLUE
TONGETAPU ISLAND, KINGDOM OF TONGA
An open ocean swell crashes into the rugged volcanic coastline of Tongetapu Island, Tonga.
ONE FOOT ISLAND, AITUTAKI LAGOON.
The spectacular white sand beaches and turquise lagoons of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
THE WILD COAST OF TA’U
NATIONAL PARK OF AMERICAN SAMOA
The South coast of Ta’u island has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific. It is wild, pristine and seriously remote. Samoans believe that humans were first created here at the ancient Saua site, auspiciously marked only by a few weathered and windswept boulders.
We flew to these islands to photograph The National Park of American Samoa, the least visited, least known and one of the most spectacular of all the US National Parks. It’s the 50th American National Park, and the only one south of the equator. The park consists of three units, one for each of the main islands that make up American Samoa: Tutuila (the main island), Ta’u (seen in this photo) and the crown jewel of the park, Ofu Island, one of the most visually stunning islands in the South Pacific.
We started the trip with a small plane ride here to the mysterious island of Ta’u. We hiked out to the most remote point in the park, near where this image was taken. The trail takes you through virgin Pacific Rainforest where a number of endangered species thrive in the pristine environment. Humpback Whales were breaching right off the shore. The next day we met a couple fishermen who agreed to take us in their boat across the straight to Ofu Island, our main destination in the park.
The Shallow Seas
The tides recede and a starfish makes it’s way out to the deeper waters of the lagoon.
Birth of an Island
A sand bar slowly rises above the tide, coconuts land and an island is born. The motus of Aitutaki Lagoon are constantly changing, and this sand bar may be a full fledged island by the time I ever get a chance to return.
The Magical Mystery Lagoon
I’ve seen it with my own eyes and yet I still can’t completely comprehend how the colors of this lagoon can be so spectacular. Even the pink colored clouds are a mystery to me. Some things are just pure magic.
Believe it or not, this was taken handheld from a moving boat without any PS manipulation other than correction of a slightly tilted horizon. This place will rock your senses!
Fall in the Himalaya
Yading National Park, Sichuan, China
The most majestic mountain sanctuary I’ve ever seen.
Cerro Torre towers over a Dreamscape of ice and snow in the majestic high country of Patagonia.