About Darker View
Documenting a life lived on the Big Island of Hawai’i. From the reefs fringing the island, to snow covered summits high above, photos and stories of my experiences. My life revolves around the nearly 14,000ft summit of the incomparable Mauna Kea. I both live and work on this mountain, a place of stunning beauty at the forefront of modern science.
The site is a mix of photography, astronomy & astrophotography, scuba diving, electronics and more. The occasional political commentary, a bit of ranting, local events, everything would expect to find in a personal blog.
Also on DV you will find alerts to the best of what can be seen in the skies over the Hawai’i… Eclipses, conjunctions, meteors showers and more. You will know when and how to look, with times and positions accurate for the islands. This makes DV a useful resource for sky watchers across the pacific region.
I am an electrical engineer, a photographer, an amateur astronomer, a telescope maker and more. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have lived in Oregon, England, Arizona and now Hawaiʻi. Much family is also from the northwest, with ancestors buried in pioneer cemeteries, and relatives living from Portland to Bellingham. My heritage is similarly complex, a blend of German, Scottish, Native American, and who knows what else. I am also a member of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe.
For many years I have lived and worked at the W. M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Here can be found many adventures, beauty in nature and far more. On these pages, written in electrons and magnetic bits I attempt to share a little of my life and thoughts with the web community.
Catching up with me can be a challenge. Normally I can be found working atop the magnificent summit, sometimes migrating to the sea for underwater excursions or many points in between. On occasion I take a telescope out to enjoy a night under a dark sky. Often sharing that experience with visitors or school children around the island.
To contact me just email…