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Aloha Photograph - Ahinahina - Silversword - Argyroxiphium Sandwicense - Summit Haleakala Maui Hawaii by Sharon Mau

Ahinahina - Silversword - Argyroxiphium Sandwicense - Summit Haleakala Maui Hawaii is a photograph by Sharon Mau which was uploaded on August 7th, 2013.

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Fantastic shot. I have been to Haleakala Maui, but saw no Silversword in bloom at the time. I am amazed by the quality of ALL your work, Sharon. v/fav

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. . ♥ . . mahalo Carol . it is wonderful to know that you realise how special this is . . Aloha . . ♥ . .

Love the lines and angles. This is so unusual. v

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. . ♥ . . thank you Lisa . . ♥ . .

The lighting and composition are excellent

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. . ♥ . . thank you Larry . . ♥ . .

Beautiful work.

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. . ♥ . . mahalo . . ♥ . .

To see the ʻĀhinahina - Hawaiian Silversword in bloom is truly special . . This image was photographed this morning on the summit of Haleakalā 06 August 2013 08/06/2013 – 05:53:32 AM HST Haleakalā - Hale-a-ka-la literally translates from Hawaiian to English as House of the Sun.

A beautiful sunrise on the summit this morning . . Haleakalā National Park has more endangered species than any other National Park in the United States. One of the plants which is native to only Haleakalā is the ʻĀhinahina, or Haleakalā Silversword. Living only at the summit of Haleakalā , the Silversword has developed some interesting adaptations for survival. One of the lesser-known adaptations is that the leaves of the Silversword form at an angle so that the older leaves focus the warming energy of the sun on to the youngest leaves. The silvery hairs, fleshy leaves, and low-growing rosette form of the Haleakalā silversword - Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum - allow it to survive in hot, dry climates like the aeolian desert cinder slopes of the crater. Silverswords live between 3 and 90 years or more. They flower once, sending up a spectacular flowering stalk, and then die soon afterward, scattering drying seeds to the wind. ʻĀhinahina - Silversword - Argyroxiphium sandwicense - Summit Haleakalā Maui Hawaii Copyright © 2013 Sharon Mau - All Rights Reserved

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