Hawaiian Silversword at Sunset

Haleakala Silversword at Sunset

A Silversword in full bloom catches the last rays of a heavenly Haleakala sunset. The sun radiates the fine bristling hair edges of the delicate plant, making them glow pink in contrast to its otherwise green and silver dress.

The Haleakala Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum) is exceedingly rare. In Hawaiian the plant is called “ʻāhinahina,” which literally means, “very gray.” There are other Hawaiian Silverswords that grow throughout the islands at higher elevations, but the Haleakala Silversword can only be found between about 7,000 and 10,000 feet high up in Haleakala National Park.

While a fairly delicate plant, the Silversword withstands harsh conditions of drought, exposure to high winds and full sun, and freezing temperatures. Fighting these conditions, it can survive up to 50 years of mountain top sunsets like this one.

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About Rob DeCamp

I am a professional photographer living on Maui, in the State of Hawaii. I made my living shooting weddings, but now have shifted my energy to nature photography. What started as a hobby, has now become my passion. I love to explore nature, and capture the ever changing colors and shapes that I find. No matter how many times I go back to the same place, it never is the same. The lighting, the weather all change to give me a different feeling. I think that is what inspires me to keep shooting!

One comment on “Haleakala Silversword at Sunset

  1. I can Identify with your about statement. Greetings. I lived on upcountry Maui for about 4 years and later moved to Oahu. Spent 13 years on the islands. If I would have had the camera I now have I would have incredible photos but then I was young, in love, broke, raising kids and enjoying the great views from the farm at the top of Naelai Rd. Saw the old shack on the internet selling for over a million:)