Monday, September 19, 2016

Flowing Photography #2

 An Incredible Journey ~ Part 2 
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As promised, the journey continues...

I can see the plume, it is so exciting!

This time I rode my bike and made it to where the road was covered by the flow. The trip was much quicker, but still not easy on the gravel road, in the pouring rain and wind!

Getting to the ledge was a bit of a hike over crazy lava terrain and large obstacles. When the top layer of lava gets crushed, it's like shards of glass. I did end up with slivers of Pele in my hands! 

The lava is absolutely breathtaking, and completely worth the effort. Luckily the wind was blowing in the opposite direction, because the interaction of lava with the ocean creates an acidic plume laden with fine volcanic particles which is hazardous to your health.

Here I am in my sharp, pointy lounge chair! I could have stayed there all day, but at some point I realized I was past the HUGE crack in the ledge. I am told eventually that chunk will fall into the ocean, but happily it hadn't yet.

As of September 19, the flow is approximately 6 miles wide and has been entering the ocean for a couple months. There is no way to know how long this will last.
I'm planning another trip so check back for Part 3!