13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Mermaid pool in jungly East Maui
I often explore the thick jungle of east Maui with no destination in mind, which is how I stumbled on this special place I named Mermaid Pool. I stay vigilant for the snorts of wild boars and always carry a piece of long bamboo. I suck on ginger flowers and pick guava while traversing the humid forest. I think it's important to seek out places in the wilderness that touch us. What we love, we will protect.
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||Sept. 22, 2015, 6:56 p.m.