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Just Because

I’ve been wanting to put images to some music by Tassos Ionides for some time now and consider this a personal work in progress and put it together because sometimes I hear music when I’m shooting and lately this is what I hear.  Plus, it asked me to.  🙂

No claims are made on the copyrighted music by Tassos or the vocals by the Australian folk group Tiddas that sing The Son Of The Wind.  I only claim copyright on the images I’ve made.  The music is from the film ‘The Silver Brumby’ and I doubt you will be able to find a soundtrack to purchase anywhere.  It took me over a year to find one and that was well over 10 years ago.  I have been offered several hundred dollars for it but it will stay with me.  I’ve also been offered big bucks to make copies and sell to folks but that just won’t fly.  I do respect the ownership of the material and hope that none are offended that I use it in this not for sale piece.

Difficult to find much info on Tassos Ionides, but there is some info online:

The group Tiddas is a different story and can easily be found:

The vast majority of the images come from the Red Road.  Hope you enjoy it.

Red Road Beams and Dreams

This particular location along the Red Road in the Puna District is one of my favorites.

The changing light in the late afternoon along with the mist from waves near the road can create some dramatic views.  Certain times of the year are better than others and this is one of the locations I take folks to, when appropriate, during Jeep tours.  Always a great place to be, see and photograph.

Red Road Beams and Dreams

Wild Hawaii: The Red Road ebook

The ebook will be ready very soon and will contain more than 60 images from the Red Road!  The ebook will be a photo centric ebook, with numerous full page images and a brief history of the Red Red.

The Red Road is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll find anywhere on the planet, complete with rocky coastline, tide pools and black sand beaches.  Almost all of the areas are family friendly and accessible.  Stay tuned!


Red Road Beams

Well, the Mother Ship came by the Red Road today and beamed everyone aboard.  If you are reading this, you didn’t make it.  Good luck.



Kehena Beach

This black sand beach is a gem on the Puna Coast.  The sand is jet black, soft and plentiful.  The beach is an unofficial ‘clothing optional’ beach, so you might want to check it out before taking the family.

Kehena is pretty much hidden along the Red Road.  If you don’t know where it is you simply won’t find it.  There are no signs showing the way.  If you want to check it out while you are travelling the Red Road, drop me a line via the comments and I’ll tell you how to get there!

Kehena 2012

MacKenzie State Park Ocean View

Image from this past Halloween night in a park that is supposed to be full of ‘night marchers’ and bad spirits.  Legend has it that ancient Hawaiian warriors still walk the King’s Trail (a lava road built between 1836-1855), also called King’s Highway and Mamalahoa Trail.  The trail just about went around the entire Big Island and sections of it are easily seen if you know what to look for.  Supposedly, the trail ran (or runs) right through this State Park.

Shot was made close to midnight.

I Thought I Heard A British Accent From That Plant…

Funny thing is, we have our car insurance through Gecko…I mean Geico.  Just a quick shot of this guy who was also traveling on the Red Road today.


Cleanest Air In The World. Really.

There is point a few miles from our house that scientists say has the cleanest air in the world.  Air quality all over the world is measured against the air taken from this eastern most point on the Big Island.  Having been out to that area (not all the way to the point) several times, I believe it.  I end up taking long, slow, deep breaths when I’m out that way.  I swear you can taste the air.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever breathed before, even the great Colorado Rocky Mountain air and the thin, crisp air in Marble, Colorado.  What do you expect of air that travels a couple thousand miles before hitting land?  I think it’s wild.


The first few trips out that way had me in a series of sneezing fits.  12 or more sneezes and then I was fine.  No more sneezes now, just beautiful, clean air.  I wonder if my bod was getting rid of all the ‘bad’ air?:)


Boars Head (and I don’t mean the cheese)

Kawaili road is a one laner that branches off of the Red Road and heads west back to the main road.  I’m not sure if the warning hanging on the tree is meant for the pigs or for the folks who travel this road.  Probably both.  The wild pigs are pretty much everywhere in the wild parts of the Big Island.  We’ve even seen them on the ‘dump road’ just out of old Pahoa Town and have just recently been visited by several on our property including a boar, sow and her little ones.  Not a good thing.
Once we had cut the 50 feet deep section of elephant grass we began to see the tracks, poop and pigs.  Now they are getting right next to the house at night.  I have the distinct feeling we’ll be having a lot of bacon in the near future.  Anyone want to come over for a Luau?



The Pohoiki Road

The Pohoiki Road turns into a one lane road as it gets closer to the coast where it is known as the Mango Road. The road dead ends at Isaac Hale Beach Park where the local surfers, fisherman and sunbathers gather.  It truly is Wild Hawaii.
Right before the dead end you come to a stop sign where you can turn left or right onto the Red Road.

The Red Road

The Red Road is most definitely Wild Hawaii.