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Sometimes our quest for awesome images of nature can put us too close to the action! Such was the case a few years back when friends Mike Hall, Scott Schilling and I hired a boat to get us close to lava as it poured into the Pacific off the Big Island of Hawaii. We started in the dark and worked through sunrise. As dawn approached, we urged the captain to slide the boat up close to the lava stream when suddenly a loud explosion sent fiery lava exploding into the air and towards our boat. I heard the engines immediately whine as the captain tried to back us out. Fortunately I kept my finger on the shutter and was rewarded with this image!

Canon 1DMKIV, 70-200mmL @ f/2.8, 1/500th, ISO 1250

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