Pirate Treasure Cave Pa’iloa Beach

Pirate Treasure Cave Pa'iloa Beach

Pa’iloa Beach Maui, Hawaii – On the “Road to Hana” there is a special black sand beach called Pa’iloa Beach, and unimaginable beautiful beach with walls of cliffs on two sides and a deep channel leading to a small, deep, beautiful rocky beach of lava rocks and these secret lava tube tunnels.

Hiking trails border the cliffs on both sides leading to incredible views of the beach, the rock formations and of course the amazing ocean waves.

Part of Wai’anapanapa State Park, the beach is the  most immediately noticeable feature to the 120-acres that make up Wai’anapanapa State Park. The translation for Wai’anapanapa is “glistening water” or “water flashing rainbow hues”, both of which are accurate in describing the powerful contrast between the black, pebble lava field and the deep blue-greens of the ocean.

Pa’iloa Beach is small with a ocean cave on the east side that can be traveled through to the ocean. There’s also a naturally made lava arch in the water.


A collection of fine art photographs made by Hawaiian born photographer Edward M. Fielding is available as fine art prints for framing at home, framed prints, metal prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints as well as on products such as tote bags and throw pillows.  The entire collection can be found here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/hawaii

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About the Road to Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui:  The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31.

The twisty road often has a posted speed limit of 10 miles an hour as it’s multitude of one line bridges create the need for careful driving.  Along the way you’ll find beaches, waterfalls,  hikes, jungle, scenic overlooks and pure adventure.

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Iceland: Visiting a Plane Wreck on the Beach

Plane Wreck : Becoming one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, especially among photographers and selfie snappers is the wreck of a DC-3 airplane on a remote black sand lava beach in Southern Iceland.

DC 3 Plane Crash in Iceland
DC 3 Plane Crash in Iceland by Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/plane-crash-iceland-edward-fielding.html

On Saturday Nov 24, 1973, a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach due to running out of fuel (others say it was after experiencing some severe icing).  Luckily all survived the rough landing on the south coast of Iceland.

 

Today, 44 years later only the main fuselage and part of the wings remain on the beach.  Other parts were hauled away years ago but the skeleton of the plane was left to slowly rot on the volcanic beach.

Years ago you could drive to the wreckage site via a “farm” road through the black ash but increased usage ticked off the land owner because of people constantly getting stuck, lead to the closure of the road.  For a while the land owner was charging people to park in a small parking lot and walk to the wreck.

After researching the location, I was prepared to have to skip this place thinking we would not be able to park our motor home.  But I visited in 2017 and am happy to report that the is a new spacious parking lot complete with room for large vehicles and campers as well as a bike rental place for faster travel to the site.

We visited in July.  The site itself is a long, dull walk down the relatively flat, straight road of crushed lava gravel.  It takes about 40 minutes to an hour of walking to get to the site so be prepared to spend some time.  Forty minutes to, 30 minutes waiting for your change at a shot and 40 minutes back, so bring some water, good shoes and an extra layer in case the weather turns.  The distance is approximately 4 km to the crash site.

Turnoff GPS Coordinates

63.4912391,-19.3632810

Airplane GPS Coordinates

63.459523,-19.364618

Be prepared for lots of people at the site depending on the time of day and time of year.  If you are patient, people come in waves.  If you are lucky to get there when there are only a few people, work fast and play with angles to get shots without people.  If there are a ton of people, relax and wait them out.  While we were there a ATV tour group showed up with orange jumpsuits.  They climbed all over the wreck and even stomped on it.  Makes me wonder if the days of the crashed plane are numbered with this abuse.

Many will say that the site is not worth the walk and one should spend time looking at natural sites.  As a photographer I can tell you it was certainly worthwhile visiting this unique site, I could careless about the effort need to get there.  If anything my eyes were numb with the natural beauty of the country, a bit of mysterious, man-made structure was a breath of fresh air.

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See more Iceland fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+iceland

Extra Credit:

Did you know Justin Bieber skateboarded on top of this plane carcass?

Justin Bieber skateboarding a plane in Iceland.
Justin Bieber skateboarding a plane in Iceland.

Bieber’s music video for his surprise track “I’ll Show You” features Iceland and Bieber doing all kinds of dangerous stuff like swimming with icebergs, rolling around in moss, sitting on cliffs and jumping around wet and slippery waterfalls.

American Auto Icon The 57 Chevy Bel Air

Chevy Bel Air at the Beach

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty. A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the “Delray” was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car’s image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The ’57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon

 

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Life is good when you head down to the beach for sunset, snap a few photographs of an American Bald Eagle chewing on a Sheep Head Fish, get chased out by no-seem-ums and catch a classic vintage red and white Chevy Bel Air parked right up on the sand.

With moments of light fading and the threat of the owner, keys in hand, wandering back towards his baby, the brain has to think fast. Settings, ISO, shutterspeed, composition, aperture, how angle the shot to keep that garbage can out of the frame, owner approaching just over the bend, yikes can I get it? Shots taken within moments and then the moment is gone. Car, beach, sky, captured. Post processing to bring out the car’s beauty along with the colors of the perfect evening at the beach.

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What a day dream to find such a beautiful car parked as if it was ready for a magazine shoot. One of those moments you can plan, you just have to be ready for these special life moments. Sure you could plan it. If you had a fashion spread budget, hired the car for the evening, had a light crew or perhaps a movie budget. But perhaps its somewhat easier to simply put yourself at the ready and in place for these moments of serendipity.

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Recently sold – 20.000″ x 13.375″ print of 1957 Chevy Bel Air to a buyer from Kenosha, WI.

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Bonus feature: Cars in the Wild

Somehow my path and these great old vintage cars seem to cross here in New England.

Lazy Summer Days at the Beach Cottage

After World War II, my grandfather built a small cottage in Chalker Beach, Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Due to the post-war shortages of raw material, he could only secure enough lumber for a garage sized building so that is what was built. A small cottage the size of a two car garage. One level with a bit of “attic” storage accessible via a built in wooden ladder. A small kitchen and dining area, tiny bathroom and small living room area. Two small bedrooms. One that barely fit a bunk bed and a dresser and the other with a built in bed that wasn’t full sized. Luckily the family wasn’t very tall.

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In the back there was an outside shower head for washing off sand and a small cement patio with egg crate sun shade. A maple tree grew in the back the eventually shaded the whole back yard and whose roots sucked up basically the whole lawn. There was a metal shed for the sand toys, life preservers, inflatable rafts and the lawn mower.

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Some how back in the day this humble little place was fine for the family and extended family to enjoy and cram in as many people over a summer weekend as there was floor space.

The beach was a quarter mile walk down the road with little red wagon full of beach chairs, towels, sunscreen, pails and buckets. Maybe a fishing pole or crab net.

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About three quarters of the way to the beach was the beach store. Each summer a new family would take over the store and try to make it work selling candy, milk and ice cream to the kids in the neighborhood. Seems like it would just cover the owners summer but nothing more and a different family would run it the next summer.

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The neighborhood would also get visited by various ice cream truck but we always save our money for the Vecchitto’s Italian Ice guy from Middletown. My dad would always tell us to have faith that he would come. Sometimes he wouldn’t make it to our beach until late afternoon. But even before dinner my Dad would let us get a lemon or watermelon or coconut Italian ice that would melt and drip out of these little paper cups that you’d suck the last drop out of before discarding.

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The family sold the Chalker Beach cottage after renting it out for years as we moved around in the army. My parents ended up over in Chapman Beach in Westbrook for a number of years. An upgrade place with more room and right on the beach until it became too much for them and they moved to Florida full time. But some of the extended family bought into Chalker Beach and we still have cousins enjoying small cottages like the one my grandfather built.

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1940s Sarasota Florida Trailer Park Inspires New Pop Art Series

Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print

With the nation still recovering from the Great Depression and entering the Second World War, it may have been a simpler time, but it surely wasn’t an easier time.

A new series of artwork by photographer and artist Edward M. Fielding sources classic black and white photographs by FSA government photographer Marion Wolcott.

Marion Post Wolcott is best known for the more than 9,000 photographs she produced for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1938 to 1942. This work is preserved at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

 

Famed for her most heartfelt photos in eastern Kentucky and poverty, Wolcott also managed to capture America at its most leisurely point in the trailer parks of Sarasota, Florida.  Here retirees and vacationers wash their cars, hang up laundry, come the beach for shells, play shuffle board, and lounge around soaking in the sun.

Fielding uses these images of leisure in his new series of Pop Art pieces in the Sarasota Series.

Sarasota Series Wash Day

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Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print
Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-vintage-trailer-park-pop-art-edward-fielding.html
Sarasota Series Beachcombers
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This art print series gives a modern pop art twist on Old Florida a will certainly add bright sunny colors and a bit of nostalgia to any modern decor in the form of canvas prints, metal, wood, or acrylic prints as well as framed an matted prints with your choice of hundreds of framing options. Throw pillows, tote bags, shower curtains and other products with these images are also available at the Sarasota Series gallery collection.

Sarasota Series Trailer Park Playground
Sarasota Series Playground http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-trailer-park-playground-edward-fielding.html

 

Sarasota Series Wash The Car
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Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier and Sunset Photography Tips

Fort Myers Beach – A Great Spot to Capture a Sunset

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier at Sunset
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Let’s face it.  Sunsets with nothing more than miles of blank ocean to the horizon and then a ball of sun dropping into the sea are boring as hell.  Imagine a small child’s drawing of said sunset.  Not much better than the square house and lollipop tree crayon rendering.

Sunsets as an experience are wonderful with cocktail, glass of wine or beer in hand and your skins slowly feeling a sunburned memory of a fun filled day at the beach.  But as a photography subject, many a snap shot fails to capture the feeling of the moment.

As with any good landscape, the artist seeks to find strong elements for a complete composition of foreground, middle ground and background.  Too often snaps of a sunset have nothing but background which is why they fall flat in the intrigue, substance and interest levels.

Taking Fort Myers Beach as an example, the fishing pier makes a great point of interest for fantastic sunset photos.  Located on the western coast of Florida, this region of Florida makes for great sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

The trick is figuring out where the sunset will occur, finding a great foreground to add interest to the shot, set up your tripod and hope people stay out of your way, bracket your exposures and don’t forget to manual focus before you lose the light because your autofocus might not work in low light.

Also stick around after the actual sunset to get some amazing colors in the sky that only occur AFTER the sunsets.

See all of the Fort Myers Beach area photographs and artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fort+myers

General Sunset Photography Tips

Sunset Photography cheat sheet
Sunset photography cheat sheet

I like having my camera on a sturdy tripod for sunsets.  Take a exposure reading off the sky, set up your camera in manual and shoot away.  Look at the results in the LCD screen and examine the histogram.  Adjust your setting and fire away bracketing your shots to cover a wide exposure range.

Keep in mind that to create a stunning sunset you’ll need some great clouds.  A blank sky is going to be boring and often the sunset gets lost in low hanging clouds on the horizon so be prepared to revisit the same spot several times during your stay in the area.  Also stick around after the sun goes down in case the sky opens up.

Also take your white balance off of auto WB and put it on Daylight.  Auto will adjust for the warm tones and take away the colors you came to see!  Play around with the WB setting if you want to intensify the colors.

New! Vintage Beach House Decor

Custom frame vintage sea life decor
Custom frame vintage sea life decor

Introducing a new collection of vintage nautical sea life prints with sea shells, tall ships, crabs, sea horses and more.  Each design can be ordered frame and matted from our collection of hundreds of papers, mats and frames from rustic cottage to chic modern designs.

Custom beach house decor
Custom beach house decor

These nautical designs can be ordered as prints, framed wall art, canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints as well as rolled in a tube for framing locally or in your existing frames.  Products such as tote bags and throw pillows are also available.
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You can see the entire collection of “Art for the Beach House” including framed artwork, photographs, drawings, images as well as vintage artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/art+for+the+beach+house

Vintage Octopus Illustration
Vintage Octopus Illustration

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Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation, or a weekend getaway. The tote is crafted with soft, spun soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric.

Cute Birds Weekender Tote
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Vintage Octopus
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Forsaken Dreams – Fine Art Photography

Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding

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Who doesn’t have a dream of owning a beach front cottage? Growing up my family owned a tiny cottage in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Build after World War II by my grandfather when there were restrictions on wood, he, like many of the neighbors building up after war, could only get enough lumber for a two-car garage sized cottage, so that is what he built.

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It was walking distance from the beach and hosted many an extended family gathering under its tiny roof. There was one bathroom, and outdoor shower, a small kitchen and two bedrooms with barely enough room for a dresser. One had a short home made bed platform (luckily my parents weren’t tall) and a bunk bed for the kids. Sliding door saved on floor space. There was a ladder up to the attic if anyone dared brave the heat up there.

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In the later years it even had a TV antenna, complete with a manual rotating controller that was used to dial in the one TV station that came in. My three siblings and my Mom all stayed there a few years while my father was stationed in Vietnam. Kind of incredible when I think about it. Later one summer we stayed there while my Dad worked and joined us on the weekends. My older sister was big fan of Love Boat reruns on that black and white TV and kept us all in the cottage until around 11 am when we could finally head down the street to the beach.

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“Forsaken Dreams” by Edward M. Fielding is a photograph of an abandoned fisherman’s cottage in the harbor at North Rustico on Prince Edward Island.  It’s a wonderful ruin of an old cottage listing to one side as it slowly sinks into the soft sand.  It must have been a powerful storm that started the slide and its amazing that the building still stands.  Every time I head back to Prince Edward Island I expect it to be gone, yet it survives.

Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding
Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding

The house didn’t rock. At least not in the same time frame of the deep sea fishing boat. After a week on the water anything that didn’t move was heaven on earth. Others join the little lonely house as the fishing village grew and fortunes of the hunting ground were discovered, exploited and depleted. Herring, cod, lobster, clams, mussels – bounty from the sea to be caught and shipped west to the city folks of St. John, Quebec, Montreal and even south by train to Boston and New York. Far away places with ways of life so foreign to the fishermen of Rustico.

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But the little house on the beach did roll with the sands of time. Gone were the rough seaman as time past and the stocks dwindled. Now city people came on holiday to play in the water, eat by the sea and hire fishermen to ferry them around for sport. The waves of the dunes rolled the little house in its perch, pitching it slowly off kilter, the winds ripping at is tar paper siding, the ground opening to swallow it whole.