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ʻO ka Hale o Pele

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawai'i

Halemaumau Crater - the home of the Fire Goddess Pele. She was nice enough to make the Hawai'ian Islands. After a rainy evening in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the 28th national park I've visited, we decided to just sleep in our car. There was no sense in getting the tent all wet. We pulled off into a quiet parking lot and got what sleep we could. We had plans to hike the most popular trail in the park starting a little before sunrise so that we would beat the crowds and be down in an old volcanic crater at dawn. I woke up a couple of hours before sunrise (hence the starry sky), got of the car, and this was the first thing I saw. The trail through the crater we were about to hike was completely filled with low-lying fog. It reflected the light from the lava lake’s plume, causing the entire scene to glow red. Very cool. We later descended into the fog for what made for a very unique morning. I’ll post a photo of that another day.

In the background is an active volcanic crater that contains a lava lake. Although you can't see the lake itself from safe viewing areas, you can occasionally see lava burst above the rim. When it rises high enough to see over the rim, that means it has shot up over 100 feet into the air! It's been active for a long time (apparently Mark Twain saw it), but it's been really really active since 2008. Pretty cool!

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Captured: February 2018
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35 f/4
Settings: ISO800, 35mm, f/4, 30 sec

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