Escaping Sun

Orange sunset reflects off the wet, red sand of Makena Beach in South Maui, creating a contrasting transition from warm to cool.

In the distance the small, uninhabited island of Kaho’olawe is visible. The blue clouds hovering over the island appear to touch its summit.

Although red sand beaches are not uncommon on the island of Maui, most of South Maui is covered instead in yellow sands. Makena Beach and its surrounding area formed differently, causing more iron-rich minerals to be captured. The iron mixing with water and air create a beautiful red beach.

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About Mike Neubauer

Hawaii based landscape photographer Mike Neubauer has been honing his craft for over 15 years. His fascination with light and the elements of nature play nicely into his compositions. Trained at The Art Institute of Colorado, Mike has become a master at portraying the magic of nature in full grandeur. After spending time in Italy studying photography, Mike moved to the Hawaiian Islands. A perfectionist with an acute sense of detail, Mike has since explored the lush landscapes of Hawaii in pursuit of capturing the essence of its beauty. His awe inspiring images have attracted the attention of gallery owners, national magazines and international art distribution houses that proudly feature his work. A selection of Mike's work can be found on his website at