A burst of color fills the frame in Kauai’s “Grand” Waimea Canyon. Carved from thousands of years of hundreds of inches annual rainfall, the Waimea canyon is etched deep into the top of Kauai, finally exiting into the ocean quite a distance below.
The temperatures here are cool and the wind is consistent, allowing little vegetation despite generous moisture. As the elevation decreases, plants get protection from the harsh elements and begin to fill the canyon walls. This contrast between red sand and green valleys is eye-catching on its own–add to that the contrasting blue and white of the sky and clouds above, and the scene becomes a memorable experience.