The Wild Coast of Ta'u by Michael Anderson

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    The South coast of Ta'u island has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific. It is wild, pristine and seriously remote. Samoans believe that humans were first created here at the ancient Saua site, auspiciously marked only by a few weathered and windswept boulders.

    We flew to these islands to photograph The National Park of American Samoa, the least visited, least known and one of the most spectacular of all the US National Parks. It's the 50th American National Park, and the only one south of the equator. The park consists of three units, one for each of the main islands that make up American Samoa: Tutuila (the main island), Ta'u (seen in this photo) and the crown jewel of the park, Ofu Island, one of the most visually stunning islands in the South Pacific.

    We started the trip with a small plane ride here to the mysterious island of Ta'u. We hiked out to the most remote point in the park, near where this image was taken. The trail takes you through virgin Pacific Rainforest where a number of endangered species thrive in the pristine environment. Humpback Whales were breaching right off the shore. The next day we met a couple fishermen who agreed to take us in their boat across the straight to Ofu Island, our main destination in the park.

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    Laura Ashburn Photography, Younes B., and 67 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. D Breezy - davidthompsonphotography.com 53 months ago | reply

      nice!!!!!!!!! perfect light! great capture!

    2. Ragstatic 53 months ago | reply

      oh bloody good ! Michael ! that hot sky rages .

    3. Floris van Breugel 53 months ago | reply

      Mike - next time you need some company on a trip like this, give me a ring, k? :) Sounds and looks just incredible!

    4. Younes B. 53 months ago | reply

      Yeah, I am with Floris ;). Simply awesome.

    5. Michael Fitzgerald (micfitz) 53 months ago | reply

      Excellent work. I like the way the green headland stands out against the background and the light on the wet rocks. Great.

    6. Fabsifabs 53 months ago | reply

      What to say !! This is wonderfull and the light is magical !!

    7. Philerooski 53 months ago | reply

      Beautiful light! I had no idea we had a National Park in Samoa.

    8. [ o g u h ] 53 months ago | reply

      Beautifull light!!

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called [ Wonders of Nature ], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. PatrickSmithPhotography 53 months ago | reply

      The effort paid off big time!

      Patrick

    10. Justin Smith - Photography 52 months ago | reply

      Incredible shot. The light and dark areas really define the scene.

    11. ninosal 52 months ago | reply

      We ,the Flicker lovers are lucky to have a friend like you that captures the most marvelous photos of the nature and shares with us..Congratulations and thanks..

    12. Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light® Photography 49 months ago | reply

      Blue in the water and fire in the sky; hard to beat

    13. Aedo Pultrone 49 months ago | reply

      wow! perfect light, lovely contrast!

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