Snippets of Hawai‘i


A field of Pāhoehoe – the smooth type of lava. It was awesome to experience such a unique type of landscape in contrast to the rich rainforest and sandy beaches. ♥︎

It’s me – Maike. It doesn’t happen very often that I end up in front of the camera. Thanks to my dear husband Neil for this portrait I feel really good about!


Looking at the palm trees around me one evening, I asked myself how I could filter the essence of these trees down into one picture – the leaves, the narrow trunks, the typical shape – without doing something that’s been done a hundred times. 

So I decided to go more abstract and focused on the graphic, overlapping lines of the leaves, framed it with the narrow trunks and positioned myself so I could include a typical palm tree silhouette in the distance.


Tourists about to disappear in a lava tube

I’m sitting here daydreaming about the amazing day I got to walk through this lush nature and how I could possibly caption this photo. I love the light and shadow play and that it makes you feel like the path goes on forever. I start browsing nature quotes and suddenly come across this beautiful Japanese word: Komorebi. It means “Sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees”.

When I was a teenager I asked for a calendar of trees for Christmas – I just always thought there was something so magical and empowering about them. So of course I was excited when this view came into sight and I could take my own awesome tree road photo. Looking at it now I can almost hear all the little hidden critters moving around in this seemingly quiet place.

Kalapana-Kapoho Road on the East side of the Big Island was definitely one of the most beautiful roads I have ever seen. In recent days, I’m thinking a lot of this road and the lovely little place we got to stay at that’s so very close to the current lava flow. ♥︎

Driving Horses


To me making photographs is almost more about catching what a moment felt like than how it looked. That’s why every time I make photos I ask myself “What is the essence of this scene?” and look for ways to convey that. Here I chose to focus on the horse’s feet hitting the ground to convey that subtle noise of horse and carriage, and the vibration of them driving by – completely in their element. Looking at these pictures now, I really do feel like I’m back there. ♥︎

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Finley’s Little Life

 Finley napping in the most awkward way in my fabric scrap box beside my vintage sewing case

Finley napping in the most awkward way in my fabric scrap box beside my vintage sewing case

 A cat rolling on a red carpet