Mist flowing down the hills and into the valley bring an ethereal feel to this upcountry Maui valley, covering the Ohia and ferns with a dream-like quality.
Located between 3,000 and 7,000 feet up Haleakala, an inversion layer creates frequent rains and mist. This makes the entire region cooler and wetter than below, giving the land here the ability to grow water-hungry plants and ground-cover.
From the Photographer:
“Misty upland forests provide Hawaii’s water. Nakula Natural Area Reserve, Maui.” – http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/the-rain-follows-the-forest/