• Moonlit Makena - Big Beach Maui, Hawaii Under the Full Moon
  • Reflections of a New Day - Panoramic Sunrise at Cannon Beach, Oregon
  • UpCountry - Sunset Photography from Haleakla, Maui, Hawaii
  • Royal Hawaiian - Fine Art Photography of a Hibiscus
  • Paths of Awareness - Fine Art Photography of Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  • Cross the Line into the Color of Your Dreams - Fine Art Photography of Little Beach Makena, Maui, Hawaii
  • Kai Po'i - South Shore Hawaii Wave Photography
  • Sand Spirits - Antelope Canyon Fine Art Photography
  • The Sun Sets on Midnight Sand - Fine Art Photography of Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  • Bows and Arrows - Fine Art Photography of the Olympic Peninsula
  • Open to Grace - Fine Art Photography of Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  • There is Nothing Lonely About Being Alone - Fine Art Photography of Australia Coast
  • You Do Have a Choice
  • Take Root
  • Sterling Ross Presents: The Setting of a Clear Intention - Fine Art Photography of South Lake Tahoe
  • Streams of Consciousness
  • Refresh - Hawaiian Plumerias in Full Bloom
  • Tango - Abstract Fine Art Photography of Maui Hawaii
  • Waltz
  • Waterfall Fingers
  • Water Diamonds

The Inspiration for Moonlit Makena

The Moon is full and bright, high in the evening sky, reflecting the radiant brilliance of the distant slumbering Sun.

You are standing on the rocky peninsula of lava that defines and divides Little Beach and Big Beach on the remote tropical island of Maui.

The translucent turquoise sea gently sways below. An uncommon stillness from the normal restless intensity of the heavy Hawaiian surf.

Tribal rhythms pulse through the air as a circle of drums inspire dancers to spin and twirl torches of fire. Fire dancers frolic to this spot to share in the ecstatic dance and celebration of life.

Only when the Moon is bright does this grand gathering make their way back to civilization.

Leaving no trace behind the moment of departure is forever remembered in this five minute long exposure as a sing flame burns brightly from a torch carried from the Moonlit Makena.

The Inspiration for Reflections of a New Day

The experience of being in nature is indescribable and completely incomparable. There is nothing that I enjoy more than being blissfully open and mindfully present to the vast beauty of our world.

Being able to capture and share these experiences is an incredible gift that I am truly honored to carry with me through this life.

The ease with which I faithfully photography scenes as never given me a real sense of challenge or conquest, until I realized just how easy it is to sit on a beach on Maui while waiting for the warm sun to set.

This revelation inspired me to experience life from a new perspective. I didn’t want to wait for sunsets, I wanted to camp near the ocean and meet the sunrise.

I soon found myself at Cannon Beach on the northern coast of Oregon, where I woke up at 4 AM and fumbled through the dark to the edge of a sea cliff. Desperately wanting to be down by the sea, I slid down a what I thought was a trail and landed in a pool of thick sticky mud.

Wet and cold I darted from point to point enthusiastically photographing everything I could fit into my lens.

It wasn’t until I had made my way down the beach that I turned around to see exactly where I was.

Just as the soft pink light of the morning sun broke across the landscape and the ocean tide retreated to unveil the most moving and exquisite scene I have ever witnessed.

The moment was a sincere gift of Grace and I was completely captivated by its serene beauty. Hundreds of sand dollars were exposed u the sand that perfectly mirrored the rocky coast of the Pacific North West.

I was seeing photography again for the first time, I was seeing life again for the first time, in the Reflections of a New Day.

The Inspiration for UpCountry

Growing up on Maui has exposed me to countless perspectives that are truly unique to this Hawaiian paradise.

I spent the majority of my childhood freely roaming the gentle slopes and soft green rolling hills of the Haleakala Volcano.

These are the rural lands of Maui, where pastures are wide and traffic is sparse. In the evenings the city lights below ignite and bespeckle the land with star like patterns.

Such a perspective gives true meaning to the phrase “downtown” ad after all these years of traveling the world my heart will forever belong “UpCountry”.

The Inspiration for Royal Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian - Fine Art Photography of a Hibiscus

The Inspiration for Paths of Awareness

What do you see before you now? Is this a dark path with lurking fears and hidden dangers? Is our path clear of or obstructed? Do you have a bright destination or does a decision lie ahead as a fork in the path? Are you safely drawn to the light or are you about to be engulfed by unknown darkness?

Reflect on where you are and what you experience in the path of life. This is your reflection on the life you live. This is one of the many Paths of Awareness.

The Inspiration for Cross the Line into the Color of Your Dreams

This Little Beach near Makena on the Hawaiian Island of Maui hosts the most ecstatic celebration of the Sun you will ever experience.

Countless bodies dance to the tribal beats of hand drums with their naked soles pulsing in the sweet salt kissed sand.

The energy of the sacred movement surges as the sun approaches the horizon. The island of Molokini bears witness as torches ignite in full celebration of the setting sun.

In this picturesque moment the sun, in full blaze, is about to slip under the shad of the sea. Bearing a bold line across the ocean, this line lures you to cross it as it extends from the horizon right up to the shoreline.

Will you follow your desires and Cross the Line into the Color of your Dreams.

The Inspiration for Kai Po'i

The Hawaiian Islands are home to the bravest of winter swells. These movements bring prized waves that attract thrill seeking souls from all corners of the globe.

Sandy Beach on the South Shore of Oahu is blessed with the strong swells that roll swiftly onto the sandy shore.

Kai Po’i, in Hawaiian, means crashing wave.

The Inspiration for Sand Spirits

I can honestly say that my most enjoyable experience with photography to date was the 4 hours I spent enthusiastically receiving images in the Antelope Canyon in the Northern Arizona town of Page, on the banks of Lake Powell.

I am still thrilled by the memory of the many swirling and flowing lines brushed by eons of water and wind moving through the sand stone canyons.

I knew that at some point the sunlight would come straight down into the narrow canyon and illuminate the dusty air. But nothing could have prepared me for just how amazing that moment would be.

I literally held my breath as the Sand Spirits emerged.

The Inspiration for The Sun Sets on Midnight Sand

The black sands of Wainapanapa add incredible contrast to the unbelievable vivid hues of the lush and tropical shores of East Maui.

The sky is invoked with soft dreamy colors as the sun retreats into the sea.

The Inspiration for Bows and Arrows

The celebration of the longing for innocence and imagination. All the wisdom in the world is useless without a sense of humor or happiness. The child-like innocence and enthusiasm for life is full of imagination and inspiration. Remember to look at the world as if it were your first time, through the eyes of a child, and you will see... Bows and Arrows.

The Inspiration for Open to Grace

The celebration of the longing for the grace of life. The grace of life is the current of love and inspiration that flows through the stream of consciousness. Every moment is held by this grace and receiving it is simply a matter of opening and allowing it to flow through you. Any pain or negativity in life is resistance to this natural goodness and through the process of letting go we are able to open up to the true love and grace that permeates all of existence. Open to Grace.

The Inspiration for There is Nothing Lonely About Being Alone

The celebration of the longing for companionship. A single shell, a sense of solitude, so peaceful and steady. When you find your connection to the source of all that is, you are never truly alone. When you honor the relationship between yourself and God, between yourself and your higher self, between yourself and the source of life, all other relationships are in perfect harmony, you are filled by a well-spring of love and peace, and you are never alone. There is Nothing Lonely About Being Alone

The Inspiration for You Do Have a Choice

The celebration of the wisdom and guidance of longing. When we learn to connect with our sense of longing and to make decisions based on what feels right, as opposed to what we think is right, we find that we carry with us the most informative of guidance systems that will always lead us in the right direction. Removing our ego which is informed by our mind which is persuaded by society and external forces, we find we can make the best choices that aid and benefit everyone involved. You Do Have a Choice.

The Inspiration for Take Root

The celebration of longing for acceptance. This moment is our existence, your awareness is the leading edge of cosmic intelligence. This moment is absolute perfection and if it could be any other way, it would be. Accepting the moment is accepting the grace and gift of life. Take root and bloom where you are planted.

The Inspiration for The Setting of a Clear Intention

You are standing on the brim of a vast clear lake, on the brink of realizing that life is a reflection of your awareness. The life you live and breathe is a projection of your inner world, where you cross the landscapes of your thoughts and feelings.

The shapes and shades of the external world don’t shift or change, but your perception and your experience of them do.

Here and now you seize the moment and embrace the pure beauty that surrounds you, inspired by the perfection of Grace you come to know that this beauty will always present itself if you are open to its presence. Your invitation of this perspective is the Setting of a Clear Intention.

The Inspiration for Streams of Consciousness

New growth stretches towards the sky as a cool clear rush of water wears a weaving path through the lush forest floor. Streaming up like wild thoughts, rushing towards you like inspiration, the lush rainforest converges in your presence.

This moment marks your place in your reality. Infinite variations of life experience rush and stream by as you are centered and focused on this singular perspective. Your place in life is this stream of consciousness.

The Inspiration for Refresh

Hawaii is home to an abundant variety of fragrant plumeries. They burst in colorful blooms like stars in the skies of tall tropical trees. Strings of these gorgeous flowers circle beaming recipients ceremoniously as traditional Hawaiian leis.

This bright yellow bunch of flowers are edged with vibrant pink accents and bejewelled with diamond like droplets of crystal clear water. Cheerful and stunning they invite you sincerely to join them and to be refreshed.

The Inspiration for Tango

Waves gracefully glide with the brave beauty found only in the brush strokes of a master painter. Here, her canvas is the surface of the sea. Her ever-changing art is inspired by distant winds fueled by the sun. She paints and paints with waves of passion. Dreaming of a dance with her lover, she paints the Tango of the Sun and the Sea.

The Inspiration for Waltz


The Inspiration for Waterfall Fingers

Streams of water slide down the back of a waterfall overhang. These fingers trail down in white streams of water as showers of water dance and splash to your right.

The Inspiration for Water Diamonds

Water diamonds. I am the Ocean and your Love is the wind that shapes my surface. I unfold as crystal blue waves of inspiration onto the shore of possibility

Moonlit Makena
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Royal Hawaiian
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