Beach Trees (1998)

At the edge of a beach on the west shore of the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Contrary to the popular image of Hawaii as a verdant tropical paradise, the west coast of Molokai is a desert. This part of Molokai (as well as the “leeward” parts of Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii) is in a “rain shadow” of mountains to the east. Thus, the “windward” eastern sides of the islands get abundant rainfall and are, in fact, verdant and tropical while the area west of the mountains is dry.

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