Sunrise Illuminating Maui


Approaching harbor in Kahului, clouds rest on the vibrant green mountain sides. This side of Maui has about 130 inches of rain annually near the shore and over 200 inches of rain in the mountains.


This side of the Maui is very green, also guaranteed to be wet and rainy much of the time. (The western, dry side of the island gets less than 20 inches of rain per year.)


Pulling into the harbor just before sunrise. As the sun crests the peak on the opposite side of the harbor, the greens are bathed in sunlight, the mountain’s shape and texture become visible.


Skillful Sailing

Sailboat and Anderson Dock

Sailboat and Anderson Dock © 2012 Bo Mackison

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” ~ George William Curtis

The sun set behind the clouds, so we missed a stunning sunset. But after the sun disappeared, we walked around Anderson Dock for another hour, as there was no dearth of photo opportunities.

The sky remained a pale gray, but Green Bay had a silvery reflection, and shimmered as a sailboat pulled close to the dock to pick up a passenger. The building, now the Frances Hardy Gallery, was built in the late 1800s and was one of the main docks on Green Bay. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today it is a big attraction for many vacationers visiting Door County. The town of Ephraim allows graffiti – within posted parameters – following an old custom of the dock.  Over a hundred years ago, when sailors docked at Ephraim, they often carved their names and the name of their ship on the walls of the building.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is taking an August break from writing long blog posts, but the photos continue while she and Sherpa spend a few days in the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”

Sunset Harbor

Fish Creek Harbor

Fish Creek Harbor © 2008 Bo Mackison

The weather was changeable in Door County – sunny skies followed by thunderheads and a brief storm just after sunset. Then at midnight, the skies cleared and the Milky Way poured a hazy band of white light that spanned the sky in a celestial arch. The moon was fully new and the stars put on a deafening show.

Can stars be deafening?

In the northern part of Wisconsin, with no light pollution to diminish the show, yes – the stars were truly deafening in their splendor.