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Ryanschang

A lover of adventures, conservation, and photography. Sharing responsibly this tiny place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean through my eyes.

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Solo mission. Given different perspectives when traveling alone or doing things under your own will. Always grateful for the time spent in the mountains whether with friends or alone. • • • #zpacks #hawaii #backpacking #solo #sunset #kst #koolau #panorama #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Change, rolling with the times and adapting. “We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” -C. Joybell C. 📸: @petervanosdall • • • #koolau #sunrise #summit #hawaii #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Waves crash onto the Kaʻiwi coastline and water gets caught in tide pools during first light. The blue colors of the ocean churn and the green reflection of Kohelepelepe caught my attention as I snapped a few pictures from a cove. So many people dot Lanai lookout but few venture down near these pools. Such a change in perspective, not a bad one either! • • • • #sunrise #hawaii #kohelepelepe #waves #kaiwi #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Misty mornings from one of my favorite peaks on the southern end of the Koʻolau Mountain range. Looking leeward over Maunalua bay, the ridge lines zig and zag towards the ocean. Clouds roll in and get caught up on the mountainous terrain and drop into the gulches below. I am so lucky to call this place my home. • • • • #sunrise #koolau #hawaii #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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We’ve been having one hell of a week with gorgeous firey sunrises and sunsets. It’s hard to take a bad picture when you live in paradise. Wishing everyone an awesome aloha Friday and weekend! • • • • #sunset #hawaii #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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It takes a lot for me to be in the air, flying for work. I used to not want to take flights because I get pretty bad motion sickness. Even with Dramamine I still get pretty nauseas. Yesterday and the day before I usually have to prepare myself for flight. Usually with prescription pills. The night before the flight I make sure the drugs are in me before getting into the bird. I take one the night before and one just before take off. During the day I’m good. The drugs are effective and I don’t get sick or feel sick. Looking back at my pictures, who wouldn’t want to be in the air taking in the beauty for over 3 hours. When I got home yesterday, as soon as I went to lay down, I was out. I think it was around 4:00pm I passed out. The next time I woke up was 1 am. I decided to sleep through the night instead of getting out of my normal wake hour. Tomorrow I do it all over again... oh wait, tonight I start haha! Happy Thursday! • • • • #ilovemyjob #oahuisc #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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There are two types of fear, a fear that keeps you alive, and a fear that keeps you from living. A few weeks ago I asked my friend Mel to come hiking with me after work. I decided to do a hiking route I haven’t done in a while and she’s always game for an adventure. During this hike, there was one section where we had to scramble a really steep incline. When she saw it she didn’t tell me she was afraid of it but when we got to the top she told me she was a little scared for that one section but pulled through. She told me, “Why you always gotta try and kill me for!?” I told her, “You did fine, and I wouldn’t take you on something that I didn’t think you’d be ready for.” I absolutely love seeing people conquer their fears in a safe manner! At the top I snapped a few pictures during this golden lit hour! Thanks for the sunset adventure Mel! • • • • #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Last week I watched The Dawn Wall and the thing that resonated with me the most is when Tommy waited for Kevin to finish pitch 15. Tommy finished that pitch days before Kevin finished it and he pushed on several pitches. Kevin had basically given up and was there to help Tommy complete this dream project of his. Tommy got several pitches up to Wino Tower and he could see and feel the end in sight, he felt pure elation yet he felt so lonely leaving Kevin below on pitch 15. He came back down from Wino Tower and basically told Kevin I’m waiting for you and I will support you till we finish this together. Tommy saw the potential in Kevin and he waited till he completed it. It struck me pretty hard, that some times the destination and accomplishing it doesn’t always matter unless you are sharing that moment with someone else. The journey and all those years put into that project together was simply crazy! To dedicate almost a decade of working that impossible route and to have the balls to turn around when you see the end in sight and you don’t know when the next time you’d be able to accomplish this was just madness, but Tommy did it anyways. Accomplish it together or fail together. Amazing true story and hope everyone gets to read or see the movie about The Dawn Wall. Quick appreciation post to end the weekend and start the new week but just wanted to say thanks to all my friends old and new! My life wouldn’t be the same without you guys! Sorry if I missed you, you all know who you are! 😊 • • • #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Standing alone on the precipice of a 200’ waterfall in the middle of nowhere, I watched as Katie descended down the drop in the heart of the canyon. Everyone had already descended safely down and I was the last person on top. I quickly started to get things in order. Rope bag ready to deploy and camera put away in dry bag. Not even thirty seconds later I hear yelling. The kind where you think someone is in trouble because they are yelling your name and you can’t make out whatever else they are saying. I immediately think, do I have enough gear up here to perform a rescue? Then after about 5 more seconds of yelling, she’s actually yelling “RYAN, PLANT!!!”. I look over the edge and see her and confirm that she’s excited about a plant on the face of a waterfall. She nearly gave me a heart attack thinking she was in trouble. The plant she was exclaiming about was a laukahi kuahiwi (Plantago princeps var. longibracteata). The habitat the plant likes to grow in is vertical cliff faces that are near waterfalls! It’s a pretty neat habitat but many people cannot get to it. It’s found on Kauaʻi, and was thought to have been extirpated from Oʻahu. Luckily we found this population to help conserve this plant here on Oʻahu. • • • • #808canyons #canyoning #rappelling #conservation #conservehi #endemic #plantenthusiast #waterfall #gopro #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Gorgeous morning with Hawaiʻi’s most iconic flower, ʻōhiʻa lehua. I cannot imagine Hawaiʻi without this plant. It is one of the first plants to appear on the barren lava fields, and you’d be able to find them at the tallest wettest peaks in Hawaiʻi. It’s adapted to handle some of the most extreme climates that Hawaiʻi has to offer. Right now on Hawaiʻi island and Kauaʻi, there has been a fungal disease affecting large swaths of ʻōhiʻa forest (mostly on Hawaiʻi Island). This tree serves as an important ecological and cultural tree to Hawaiʻi. To lose this tree would be devastating to us! At the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference a few months ago, I had the pleasure of getting an early viewing of a 30 minute documentary called “Saving ʻōhiʻa, Hawaiʻi’s Sacred Tree”. It was very moving, and gives you a glimpse at the efforts made at saving this iconic species. Luckily the documentary is showing today and tonight (Sunday September 16th)! It will be on KGMB (1007 Spectrum) after the football game around 1:30/2:00pm and again on KFVE (1005 Spectrum) at 10:00pm. Watch it while it airs, or set your DVR to record this show... something you wouldn’t want to miss! Let me know what you guys think after it shows in the comments below! • • • • #ohialove #ohia #koolau #sunrise #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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I had this morning to myself and was digging through old photos in my database. Found this gem! I usually forget I take a picture and leave it on a hard drive and it never gets onto the interweb. I also recently had a conversation with a friend along the lines of, “How many photos do you have stashed away that so many people wish they saw?” Anyways, this photo is so special because pictured here is a critically endangered tree snail. A very long time ago these tree snails were so abundant, I heard if you shook a tree a few would fall out! Now days they are only in the most remote locations on the mountain struggling for survival. Some species number in the SINGLE digits only being kept alive in a lab setting. The reason for its decline over the last century is mainly because of predators. Other snails that are carnivorous feed on these guys. Another animal that you might consider charismatic, the Jacksons Chameleon eats these as well. Alarmingly we found one deep in the Koʻolau Mountain Range in intact native forest, perfect habitat for these snails. Sadly many people that lived here their whole lives don’t even know these guys exist, this is what makes Hawaiʻi Hawaiʻi. Not all those jungly plants by Mānoa Falls. Hope this strikes you to be more aware of what makes Hawaiʻi so special! • • • #sepp #snail #achatinella #endangeredspecies #endemic #native #hawaii #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Shooting from the hip in a place like this is easy to get shots. There’s very little to compose and the exposure is just a turn of the dial. A few clicks and bam, got it. It’s a surreal place to be, next to a waterfall dangling on a piece of rope 100’ high. I’ve been struggling with my photography lately and have been wanting way more than just a shot. I want a story to tell... • • • • #808canyons #canyoning #rappelling #waterfall #outex #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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It’s worth it to stay well after the sun sets. Got lucky with colors and clear view of Venus in the sky as well as in the tide pool. Hope to capture more of these reflective moments. • • • • #sunset #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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When it’s this good, and this grand, you can’t take a bad picture. Just after sunrise Peter and I were socked in. We started to head East and hoped for a clear view of the summit. After about an hour or so of hiking we descended lower on the summit ridge line and watched the clouds burn off. We were greeted with this view. Simply amazing to be there. • • • • #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Throwback to January 2015. In just under 4 years this place has changed so much. Back in 2015 Darren snapped this panoramic picture of me from the second tallest peak in the Koʻolau Mountain Range. As you can see it’s quite a stark contrast with the clear summits versus the cloudy obstructed views, but just like the view, the vegetation has changed tremendously. This is what invasive species does to our native environment. They form monotypic stands and there is no diversity after a few years. The invasive plants start to crowd out other plants. In the first picture you can see many different types of plants. The native plants grow with each other and they are diverse. The invasive grass that moved in on the second picture is palm grass. It’s all over the summit ridge trail and has invaded one of the tallest peaks. What can we do to mitigate the spread of this grass? Do your best to clean your gear every time after you complete a hike. This is the most easiest thing to do! • • • • #koolaumountains #koolau #panorama #conservehi #hawaii #invasivespecies #nativespecies #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Which photo do you prefer? After a three hour approach hike and several waterfalls rappelled, the group takes a much needed break at a double stacked waterfall. This spot was probably the most scenic portion on the upper part of the canyon. Although invasive plants persisted here we spotted a few cool native plants. At this point we were about a quarter of the way through the technical portion of the canyon. We couldn’t linger around, although we would have liked to hang out here all day. These moments at these places are brief. This is just a peek into some of the most beautiful places on the island. • • • • #808canyons #canyoning #canyoneering #waterfall #waterfallwednesday #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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Ever feel like you go out and you photograph things and you just don’t feel like sharing it? Or maybe I’m just not satisfied with what I’ve been shooting recently? Whatever it is, all I know is that this sunset was amazing. • • • #sunset #hawaii #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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1 am wake up call to make it to the summit of Kōnāhuanui. I keep a watchful eye on the weather and how it changes from day to day. Read weather reports, and I feel I’m pretty in tuned on how the weather might turn out for the day. I feel I know how the clouds move across the mountains, and streams react to rain, how swollen they may get. I study and watch the winds moves across the ocean and how they affect the conditions of the surf. Over the years I learned how to do this yet predicting weather and trying to make a call whether it would be clear or not is still 90% luck for the tallest mountain in the Koʻolau Mountain range. The day before, the summit of Kōnāhuanui was clear for sunrise. Weather reports called for weakening trades and I figured one day later the peak would be clear again. I took a chance and when we got there we were in the clouds. Confidently I thought it would clear but looking at social media I saw the cloud sitting there, and I was in it. • I’m willing to do this many more times, to have one chance to see the sunrise there would be pure joy. It’s a surreal experience. Even though yesterday the peak was socked, we made the best of it. Looking towards the east, after the sun rose, the summit cloud line was burning off. We quickly made our way there getting some dramatic landscape lighting and clouds rolling off the ridge tops. We both screamed and shouted as the ridge line cleared. It’s one of those moments in life where you are so happy, it’s hard describe or even put it in a picture. Too many more of these moments in life! • • • • #panorama #panoramic #ridgeline #koolau #koolaumountains #olympuscamera #olympusomd #olympusinspired #getolympus #microfournerds #luckywelivehawaii #beautifuldayinhawaiinei #earthpix #artofvisuals #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #pixel_ig #venturehawaii #hawaiiunchained #ragehawaii #glimpseofhawaii #alohaoutdoors #alohabones #ig_oahu

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