Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii (The Big Island)

Halema'uma'u Crater at night. You're seeing the gas illuminated by the lava lake below. Fog rolled in soon after and hid it from view.
Looking out across the Kilauea Caldera. Halema'uma'u Crater during the day. Cool looking flower buds.
The Steaming Bluff. The steam rises from ground fractures along the edge of the caldera. Steam vent.
The sulphur banks. The whole area smells like rotten eggs because of the hydrogen sulfide. Sulfur crusted rocks.
The red clay results from the lava being broken down by the sulfuric acid. Looking at the Steaming Bluff. Kilauea Caldera floor.
Halema'uma'u Crater at sunset. The sulfur dioxide plume. Some little plumes at the edge of the crater.
Mauna Loa with snow at the top.
(13,677 feet)
One more shot of the sulfur dioxide plume. The section of Crater Rim Drive that is now closed to the public after Halema'uma'u Crater became active again.
Hiking along Devastation Trail. Tree along Devastation Trail. View from the Pu'u Pua'i Lookout.
Kilauea Iki Crater. The trail across the cooled lava lake. Broken ground.
Lava lake surface. View from the Kilauea Iki trailhead. Pu'u Pua'i, a cinder-and-spatter cone.
Kilauea Iki trai. The section of the trail at the base of Pu'u Pua'i. Lava lake surface.
Crater walls. Sulfur dioxide plume seen from Kilauea Iki. The red cavity at the base of Pu'u Pua'i is where most of the lava erupted from in 1959. At one point the lava fountain was 1,900 feet high, five times higher than Pu'u Pua'i.
Artsy? Or just out of focus? On the crater floor. The "bathtub ring" of cooled lava that remained when the lava lake drained back down into the vent.
Another view of the lava bathtub ring. Approaching the surface of the lava lake. Don't trip.
Walking across the lava crust. Broken crust. As the lava drained back into the vent, sometimes the crust would collapse.
Part of the surface that was pushed up. The trail. Flower on the crater floor.
Approaching the far end of the crater. Looking back out across the crater floor. The lava bathtub ring.
Entrance to a section of a lava tube. Puhimau Crater. 1969 lava flow.
Lava along the Chain of Craters road. Broken surface. Pahoehoe lava.
Probably should have looked into involving a psychic in the road planning. This was a 1972 lava flow. You can see the more recent lava flows.
New lava on top of old lava. More pahoehoe lava, which is the cool looking kind. Checkered pattern.
Sea cliffs. Lava rock sea arch. This road used to go to another park entrance, until it was covered with lava (process started in 1986).
Road closed?!?!? No shit. Petroglyph at the Pu'u Loa Petroglyph field. More petroglyphs of humans.
A bunch of pikos. When a baby was born, the family would place the umbilical cord in a piko and cover it with a rock. It was there when they checked the next day, then the kid was supposed to have a long life. More pikos. More pahoehoe lava.

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