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Jacaranda Trees, UpCountry Maui

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I had been wanting to go Upcountry to see these lovely purple trees in person. As of this posting, I still haven’t. Life on paradise can be so busy sometimes.  Thankfully, Darren was able to do it. When I saw his photos on his Facebook Page I asked his permission to re-post them here on A Maui Blog. All photos are credited to Darren McDaniel. He took a lot of beautiful shots! Hopefully I can go Upcountry before the end of Jacaranda season. In the meantime, sharing Darren’s post and photos for us to enjoy:

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The Maui Darren’s First Post:

Fortunate to spend some time over the weekend on the north shore of Maui and upcountry; taking full advantage of Jacaranda season and the amazing blooms along the upper Kula Highway and into Ulupalukua. It is speculated that the trees likely originated from Portugese Ranchers working upcountry during the mid 1900’s, as the trees originated in Brazil, however the state did proactively plant trees along the upcountry highway’s in the later 1950’s. Certainly worth a day trip upcountry if you’re fortunate to be here during the season!

Darren’s Follow-up Post – The Back Story – Love This!

1.) Darren goes upcountry and takes picture
2.) Couple sees Darren and pulls over, takes pictures, cordial ‘hello’s’ ensue.
3.) Waves occur at second crossing at Winery
4.) Darren searches the hashtag ‪#‎D810‬ several days later…and surprisingly comes across a great picture of upcountry Maui:
5.) Darren likes photo and of course comments on it
6.) Photo turns out to be from Hubert, of the couple that pulled over and took pictures!
7.) Darren and Hubert now hooking up in a few weeks when he returns from Kauai to shoot the blooming lavender farm.

I know there’s good reason we spend a lot of time focused on the marketing, changes, and possibilities of social media; however thought I’d share this fun little story as a great reminder of the real joy of social media… as a means to enriching our real lives! 

Follow Darren McDaniel at THE MAUI DARREN on Facebook (don’t forget to like his page).

Want to see these beautiful photos bigger with higher resolutions?  Click here and click each photos in there :)UPCOUNTRY MAUI JACARANDA TREES

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Incredible Maui Sunset Sky

Yesterday’s Maui Sunset was incredible.  I was at Safeway parking lot when it happened.  I know it would have been better if I was on the beach, but to experience Maui Sunset at a parking lot was quite amazing.  Only on Maui ….

So that first photo above was when it started.  I was unloading my cart and putting the grocery bags in my car when I noticed how lovely the sky was. So I took a photo, and then continues loading my car.

When I was done unloading, I looked up again and saw that it’s turned into this:

This photo was on the Makai side (the ocean side).  When I looked up the Mauka the clouds had already turned pinkish:

After I took the photo of this Mauka side of the parking lot’s sky, I turned around and this is what I saw:

The colors were amazing! This photo above is looking at the Makai side.  After I took several shots of this sky, I turned around to look at Makai and this is was it looked like:

And last but not the least, I took another shot of the Makai side and this was what I saw: beautiful colors in the sky!



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