This picture was taken on Big Island in Hawaii in July 2008 from the Kalapana overlook. I flew over the island by helicopter and when I reached the south coast this magical scenery appeared. The Halema'uma'u volcano was erupting higher up on the island and the lava flowing into the sea was producing a gigantic plume of volcanic gas/water vapor. The lava moves in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of more recent flows and is invisible until it reaches the sea. The moment I saw it I knew I had to come back at night to capture the majesty of it. I went back the next day, driving four hours to get there and a bit of hiking as well. At 10 p.m. the Hawaii county officers escorted me out and it was time to go back to my hotel, which was still a four-hour trip back. I can still see and hear it roar in my head, the unbelievable beauty of nature. The volcano is still active in 2013.

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