Monday, March 01, 2010

On the Road Again in the Puna District of the Big Island

One day Jennifer and I decided to drive to the end of the road in the Puna district. Literally ...the end of the road, because the road was obliterated by lava flowing over it. We passed through a mesmerizing forest of monkey pod trees.

And very lush rainforest areas.

Then lots of palms...

under tunnels of vegetation (the ocean is just off to the left here)..

Under trees trying to touch the road...
with ocean vistas at every bend.

At the end of the road is a nice little restaurant where we had some ice cream.
On another day we had dinner here and it was very good.

After eating, we walked out over the lava field to this beautiful black sand beach. The theme of this island seems to be variety and contrast....rainforest, snow capped mountains, desert, grasslands, beaches, lava fields, crystal clear brilliant blue waters, and white foam on jet black beaches. It's amazing really.


Acornbud said...

You've captures some wonderful pictures of the Big Island!

Phyllis said...

The photos are beautiful.

Oh, to see a whale in its natural habitat and that close!!

pedalpower said...

Thanks Acornbud...You know, I envy you being able to live in the islands. Such a nice environment to be able to enjoy on a daily basis. was wonderful to see the whales close up...really an experience I'll never forget!

Mokihana said...

Thanks for the great photos... I love Black Sand Beach... got to go there as a teenager when I lived on O'ahu.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Your photos are so beautiful!

PS: My current post is about road photos. So I would like to make my next post with road photos from abroad, with pictures taken by my blog friends. So, I ask you the permission to post some photos taken by you on my blog.
I will add the link to your blog, for sure.
I am looking forward for your answer.
BTW, where is Puna district?

Have a nice week ahead.