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Hawaii Dreamscapes Revealed: Big Island [Hardcover]

Andrew Doughty , Leona Boyd

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Nov. 1 2006
Hawaii is a land of dreams and nowhere is this more beautifully evoked than in Hawaii Dreamscapes Revealed - Big Island. This collection of extraordinary photographs showcases a land of unmatched beauty and diversity. Every page captures the magic of Hawaii, from the magnificent snow-covered peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to colorful ocean reefs. Wind your way from the vast pasturelands of the largest cattle ranch in the nation to the graceful waterfalls of the windward coast. Soar above ethereal, fern-covered valleys. Delve into the mossy world of a tropical jungle. Four-wheel drive to foggy elevations over two miles high. Wander along the luscious sand beaches. Get close enough to flowing lava to feel the searing heat. Journey with the photographers as thier artistry takes you to places far off the beaten path. Venture into their dreams in Hawaii Dreamscapes Revealed - Big Island.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Tour into Paradise and Beyond Nov. 4 2006
By The JuRK - Published on Amazon.com
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"This is a land that has ten of the world's fifteen types of climatic zones," so writes Andrew Doughty in the Introduction of HAWAII DREAMSCAPES REVEALED, a stunning collection of photos of the "Big Island."

I went to Oahu a few years ago and was completely blown away by the beaches, the mountains, the ocean. It is one of the few places that not only lives up to the photographs but actually surpasses them in many ways. Paul Theroux, the international best-selling author of "The Mosquito Coast" and some of the greatest travel narratives of all time, moved to Hawaii after kayaking around the islands for his book, "The Happy Isles of Oceana"--and this was a guy who has literally been EVERYWHERE. (He went on to write "Hotel Honolulu" as well). So obviously these are enchanting islands that can get under your skin and draw you back.

I expected great photography of the beaches and lava in HAWAII DREAMSCAPES REVEALED but I was also blown away by other unexpected scenes: an empty black beach covered by so many white pieces of coral that it looks like patches of snow, a cattle ranch beneath a range of mountains that HAS snow on its peaks (in Hawaii!), a high-altitude terrain above the clouds that looks like the surface of Mars. There's one wild shot of lava cooling in smooth orbs on the ground (I expected the liquid-metal Terminator to stand up out of them).

The shots of lush forests and waterfalls and reefs are also striking and well-chosen.

I will definitely be getting the Oahu volume since I'd like to see what this photography couple have done with an island I've seen.

From what they've shown me of the Big Island, I will try to go back someday soon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture book, but not a great work of art Aug. 16 2009
By Ursiform - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered both the Big Island and the Kaua'i versions of "Hawaii Dreamscapes Revealed". (I have been to both islands.) The major reason was that Andrew Doughty, author and co-photographer (with Leona Boyd) is the author of the best guidebooks to the Hawaiian Islands, also published by Wizard Publications. My opinion of both books is very similar, so I hope you will excuse my repeating much of the text in my two reviews.

The Big Island is the youngest, and the one where volcanism is still shaping the island. It is also dominated by two towering peaks (Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea) not yet eroded by time and weather. So you can go from snow to lava in a matter of hours. While there are lush areas on the island, there are also stark landscapes.

The pictures are generally well done, but give a sense of "I could have taken that picture if I was in the right place at the right time". (In fact, I've taken some pictures as good or better on the islands, but few people will have the opportunity to spend the time it takes to cover a whole island with enough revisits to get cooperative light and weather everywhere.) There are very few breathtaking, "I couldn't have done that" shots in the book. In fact, some of the pictures are not very interesting, or have technical flaws. The book could probably have been 20-30% shorter while being better from an overall photographic standpoint. Doughty's captions are short and serviceable, but having his guidebook for context will help if your interest goes beyond looking at attractive landscapes.

If you like picture books and want either something to remind you of the Big Island or to help plan a trip, this is a decent book. I was careful to order when Amazon had it at the lower end of the price yo-yo they seem to like to put it through.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii Dreamscapes Dec 26 2013
By jeanieb - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought for a Hawaiian friend who now lives on the Mainland. Beautiful photos, just page after page of beauty. You will enjoy.
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for stunning photos of Hawaii Dec 10 2013
By ratherbeatthebeach - Published on Amazon.com
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Boring and the pictures are just ok. There are so many better shots of Hawaii than what is found in this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Pictures Sept. 15 2013
By Renee D. Bear - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful pictures taken of the Island, but was hoping for a little bit more of a description to go with the pictures. Now as it is it is a big book of pictures.

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