Maui itself feels like a God in its looming beauty. The history of the culture doesn't hang overhead like a half-mast flag, but instead drapes softly over sand, soil, and sea; it's intrinsic to the potently calm lifestyle of the people.

Standing small beneath the volcano, you can't help but sense the environment before its Westernization. Somehow, the modern components retain a similar sensation, like the fans that line Maalaea to catch the trade winds. Even they have a silhouetted face, with eyes protruding from the hill.

Symmetry Portrait - Lanai Spire

Symmetry Portrait - Faces in Lava Rock

Portrait of a Wind Farm

I ran Inside Trail's Reservoir Dogs 35k a couple weekends ago and experienced my first knee injury, thanks to these oversights:

- Tried racing without insoles in new(ish) shoes. Had to put insoles in at the 13 mile mark. Thank you to kind volunteer who let me use the back of his pickup.
- Didn't train my butt enough in those new shoes
- Wore compression pants instead of shorts. I brought the shorts with me, knowing that I've experienced some knee pain before while wearing those pants. I attributed it to a shoe issue, but nope - it came roaring back.

My guess is that the compression pants, coupled with tight shoes, immobilized my Illiotibial band which prevented the knee from moving naturally.

Apologies to the two people who saw my naked butt while I changed pants on the side of the trail. Hey, we're all just animals... it's not like I was pooping.

By mile 17, I was in such immense pain that all I could do was:

a) Try to find ANY running position for my foot that didn't hurt my knee (didn't work)
b) Cry
c) Laugh hysterically at the situation

I reached the last aid station at mile 3 and almost stopped and turned myself in. I didn't think I could handle 30 more minutes of pain. My pace had slowed immensely as I could only walk downhills and run the uphills. Thankfully, this was waiting at the end:

Luckily, the pain was only a warning - it was a minor injury. My face and fatigue say otherwise:

I diagnosed myself with Illiotibial Band Syndrome (a common running injury acronized as ITBS). I stopped running for a few days and iced the injury. Then, I used a elliptical to gauge pain. I attempted a few runs, but reached pain at 15 minutes. I began daily strengthening exercises per Jason Fitzgerald on his site here and they've helped. I ran successfully for 30 minutes the past two days. Apparently, I heal quick fast. 8-9 hours of sleep helps!

Here's to the next race in August - Montana De Oro. This time it's a manageable 25k with 1400 foot mountain to climb up and down. I hope my knee is recovered by then for the hills, so it's time to really take it easy with it. I've been running 40 miles /wk for 6 or so months. As someone who picked this up in their 20's and didn't train in high school, I think I need a short break.

Time: 3:40:35. Not my best, but I did it!

Here's Mile 19 where I exclaimed to the photographer "Oh boy this is going to be my best photo EVER!!!" as I winced in pain. I can't help but smile.

I often wake up with some sort of creative idea that I think is magical and brilliant. I'll I attempt to execute it, fail, then sweep up the pieces of creativity for next time. But not this morning! I think we're onto some neat practical effect here.

I did 13-20 sec exposures at 100 ISO and F13-22. At the half way point in the exposure, I shone a light on a sheath of plastic wrap in front of the subject for 2 seconds, then behind the subject for another 2-3 seconds. I also fired the light on the subject to illuminate certain parts. Subjects included a stuffed bear, a guitar, and a snow globe, with the latter producing the best results.

Portal Through the Snow Globe

Portal Through the Snow Globe 2

Electric Orb

Electric Orb 2

I definitely will be trying this on a larger scale sometime this week. I'll use a human subject.

The beach next to our place (this particular photo is by Brendan, duh) On the beach near the condo - Maalaea - Photo by Brendna Cleak

Sunlit Sea

Shadows in Love

Maalaea Fisherman in the Morning

Spongy soft Bermuda Grass & Kihei

Hiking Lahaina Pali Trail Man in Blue on the Mountain - Photo by Brendan Cleak

Went off the trail Overlooking Divers above Honoapi'ilani Highway

Rock Hopping the Lahaina Pali Trail

Hiking the Honoapi'ilani Highway

Volcanic Rock Breakwater

Ocean meets `A`a Lava Rocks -

Molokini and the Ahihi Kinau Volcanic Area

Focus to focus

Molokini from Ahini Kinau Molokini from Ahini Kinau Volcanic Rocks

From Lahaina's Mala Harbor Looking out from Mala Piere

Mala Wharf in Ruins

Looking out to Burgeoning Lanai Clouds

Photographer on the Volcanic Beach

Sea Star Decor

White Driftwood in Sea of Black Rock

Rock Hopping Ahini Kinau

Volcano remnants

Waves Crashing on Volcanic Rocks

Makena State Park Makena State Park Cinder Cone

Cloudy Hawaii Cloudy Hawaiian Day

Cauliflower Coral Cauliflower Coral fragment in the Lava Rock

Honoapiilani Highway Honoapiilani Highway from Lahaina Pali Trail

View from inside the condo Bedroom View from Maalaea

Anchored to Dive

Ahini Kinau Volcanic Area with Molokini in the background Ahihi Kinau's Rocky Coast

Areas closed for preservation at Ahini Kinau, where the most recent lava flows met the sea. Ahini Kinau Protected Area - Inside are Anchialine Pools

Brendan Brendan Focusing

Hook Line Failure

Molokini Lonely Molokini

Black Rust and the Sea

Here's to not giving up the graves

Tiny Off-limits Graveyard Lahaina

Platitudinal Hawaii Waterfall

British Irish Man Portrait

Maui Ocean Center Aquarium
Garden Eel waiting for Drifting Plankton at Maui Ocean Center

Little Fish - Maui Ocean Center