Halema’uma’u Update

You can now see the lava lake in the pit crater.  If this continues, the lava will spill over and begin to fill the larger crater.

Who knows, it could deflate tomorrow!

Image is from 4.24.15 (Friday).

Lava Lake

Lava Level Increasing Within Halema’uma’u

A couple of days ago the lava level in the crater increased to it’s highest level to date.  You can see spattering as the level reaches the top of the crater.  Cool.  Or hot, depending on your view.

This is just a quick shot of the crater from last night and I’ll head back tonight with the 100-400mm lens and try to capture the spattering.  Who knows, it may continue and overflow into the Kilauea Crater or it may deflate, there is no way to know what will happen.

VNP 1

Night At The Volcano

Not a cloud in the sky at Volcanoes National Park tonight.

Night At The Volcano

Volcano Moon

Shooting Halema’uma’u about a month and a half ago when the moon rose over Kilauea Iki.

Shot with a Canon 100-400mm IS I.

Volcano Moon

In The Yard

A little windy yesterday, but no complaints from me thanks to rain that came with the wind.  The jungle needs it.

It did make shooting the flowers a little interesting as the wind kept whipping them around in circles.  I did manage to get a couple that I’m happy with, though.

Still putting the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro through its paces and I really like what this lens can give you.

Flower Power

Flower Power 1

The rain has eased up for a little while, time to check out the flowers in the front yard.

These guys just opened up yesterday.

Saggy Butt Lava Man and His Trusted Saber Tooth Lava Tiger Playing Ball

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I see in this lava flow.  How about you?

Our transfer station (the dump) re-opened a couple of days ago after having a great deal of lava scraped off of the ground to allow for the placement of cargo containers that hold recyclables and trash.  All of our trash gets shipped off to a landfill on the mainland by barge.  Where else can you put it?  What’s that?  Conveyer belt to Kilauea?  Yeah, it’s actually been brought up before by people.  They are still looking for those folks.

Anyway, you can see all sorts of ‘things’ in the lava that flowed into the transfer station and this formation really caught my eye.  On the left is Saggy Butt Lava Man and to his right is his trusted Saber Tooth Lava Tiger holding a lava ball in his mouth.

Maybe I’ve been breathing sulfur dioxide too long.  Is it just me or do you see it as well?

Saggy Butt Lava Man

Natural Sauna

Okay, I know we live on an island that is made up of 5 volcanoes.  Not a problem.  I know Halemaumau has been churning within Kilauea for over 30 years.  Not a problem.  I know we have a current, slow moving lava flow a few miles from the house that has been active since June of last year.  Not a big problem.

However, when a hot air vent opens up in the front yard of the house, I tend to take notice.  Still not a problem.

These types of things are pretty common and should not pose any type of threat to the family.  Just in case, I contacted Hawaii Volcano Observatory to let those with the knowledge take a look at it.  Just in case.

While it is very, very small at the moment, it is new.  And it was blowing hot air earlier today with enough force to move the leaves on the Hibiscus Tree it opened up near.

We are not concerned, just curious at this point.

My daughter, Rachel, made the two images of the tiny hot air vent while I was busy contacting HVO.  The second image has an added arrow that shows a new hole that opened up today that had hot air coming from it.

Rachel also let me know, in a casual way, that while she was walking from the grass to the driveway a couple of weeks ago that the driveway was very, very warm.  Like asphalt in the sun warm.  It’s a dirt and cinder driveway plus it was a cloudy day.  She thought it was ‘weird’ but didn’t really give it much more thought.

If you don’t hear from me for a while……

vent

Vent 1

Back To Halemaumau

Finished up an all day Jeep tour at Volcanoes National Park with the night view of Halemaumau pit crater.  It was very quiet last night, no rumbling, no explosions, no hissing and a smaller ‘light show’.  Still can’t get enough of it.

Halemaumau

Still Blooming

This must be a hybrid Energizer Bunny type Orchid.  Still Blooming.

Orchids 1

Orchids 3

Used Truck For Sale. Has Been Stored For Years. Needs Work.

This ghost haunts the Hana Road on Maui, a vigilant sentinel keeping watch and bearing witness to the passage of time.

Needs tires.

Used Truck 2

Used Truck 1

Used Truck

Testing 100mm 2.8 Macro

The new/used 100mm Macro lens arrived today and needed to be tested.

We had a slight trade wind blowing so I can’t judge the sharpness just yet. I do like the color rendition and quick focusing of the lens. I may have to sell this one and get the ‘L’ version.

This Orchid grows on one of the Tree Ferns next to the garage and has been in bloom for a few days.  We are fortunate to have wild Orchids growing all over the property.  I’ve not seen this color at the house until last week.

Orchid

Just Because

I’ve been wanting to put images to some music by Tassos Ionides for some time now and consider this a personal work in progress and put it together because sometimes I hear music when I’m shooting and lately this is what I hear.  Plus, it asked me to.  :)

No claims are made on the copyrighted music by Tassos or the vocals by the Australian folk group Tiddas that sing The Son Of The Wind.  I only claim copyright on the images I’ve made.  The music is from the film ‘The Silver Brumby’ and I doubt you will be able to find a soundtrack to purchase anywhere.  It took me over a year to find one and that was well over 10 years ago.  I have been offered several hundred dollars for it but it will stay with me.  I’ve also been offered big bucks to make copies and sell to folks but that just won’t fly.  I do respect the ownership of the material and hope that none are offended that I use it in this not for sale piece.

Difficult to find much info on Tassos Ionides, but there is some info online:  http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21633699?selectedversion=NBD11951811

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0409511/

The group Tiddas is a different story and can easily be found:  http://www.loreoftheland.com.au/indigenous/tiddas/

http://www.amazon.com/Sing-About-Life-Tiddas/dp/B000008PUI

The vast majority of the images come from the Red Road.  Hope you enjoy it.

Fire and Stars

I was able to get away last night and head on up to Volcanoes National Park for a little while.  I say a little while because the fog/clouds moved in quickly.  After this image was made, the crater was completely obscured within about 5 minutes.  Such is shooting at Kilauea.

A  much longer exposure was used on this one and you can see the effect the wind had on the smoke coming from Halema’uma’u.  The sky was clear showing the stars, but not for long.  When the fog/clouds move in, they move in quickly.

Fire and Stars

You Don’t Have To Be Big To Be Wild

I saw these two near the top of one the palms in the front yard this afternoon.  The one on the left tried to sell me insurance.

Up A Tree

Akaka Falls In The Rain

Heavy rains on the windward side of the Big Island are as normal as clouds in the sky.  It isn’t like rain on the mainland when most people grumble and complain about it, here it’s welcome, wanted and needed.  No ice cold rain to freeze you and to say that it is refreshing is an understatement.

As of February, 2015, we are in a mini-drought with very little rain.  This poses a problem with those of us who rely on the rain water for household use as well as the tropical plants who need the rain everyday to stay healthy.  Like all things, it will pass and soon we will be in a ‘normal’ pattern again.

Last winter I stopped by Akaka Falls during a fairly heavy rain and found myself waiting out the downpour for about half an hour before I finally just gave up and headed back to the car.  The output of the falls was pretty spectacular and I’m sure it would have grown even more as the water rushed down Mauna Kea to feed the falls.

Notice the outbreak of smaller falls on the sides due to the smaller streams overflowing their banks.

Where You Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows?

Just a short video from Volcanoes National Park and some of the family.

When you book a tour with Epic! Tours, you can also add photos and video to your tour!  Cool way to capture your unique tour of the Big Island.

The music used in this sample video is not mine, obviously, and I cannot use copyrighted music for your video.  The owners of the copyright to the song used are, from what I can tell: Coral Reefer Music, Mud Bluff Music and/or Universal Music Publishing Group.  Written by J. Buffet, Harry Daily, Jimmy Buffett, K. Sykes and H. Dailey.  Performed by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.  I make no claims on the copyright.

You can purchase the song here http://www.amazon.com/Volcano-Jimmy-Buffett/dp/B000W178WK

The official site for Jimmy Buffet is here http://www.margaritaville.com/

Another Big Island Wind Storm

Man oh man we have just about seen it all within the past 12 months.  We have had Tropical Storm Iselle (pretty much a hurricane), a few major wind storms, mini-droughts and active lava flows.  Despite all of this I’m not complaining, just observing it all as it unfolds.  I mean, really, what else are you going to do?  Move?  Where?  There is no other place like this island for better or worse.

This last wind storm really did a number on the remaining Albizia trees throughout the windward side of the island, knocking out power to over 5,000 households and businesses.  From the northern tip of the island to Hilo down into the Puna District and South Point.  Bam.  Break out the candles.

Our power was restored this morning, just before 11am, after being snuffed out Saturday morning just after 8am.  The crews working in the field to restore power have worked around the clock and have done a great job.  Much appreciated.  Some of our neighbors down the road are still waiting for power thanks to the extensive damage to the infrastructure by the falling Albizia trees.

I used to miss the big giants along the ‘Cathedral of Trees Road’, but not anymore.  http://wildhawaii.net/tag/albizia/  I have officially jumped on the ‘get those darn trees out of here’ bandwagon.  With both feet.  I’ll even help cut them down.

Yes, to me they can look majestic, impressive and beautiful.  But you can’t eat majesty or beauty and it only goes so far when they continue to topple and destroy the infrastructure, homes and everything else they slam into.  Too bad they have to go but it’s them or us.

I hope this is the last time we are trapped in our subdivision by these pains in the butt.

With the destruction of the trees and the current lava flow, the face on this side of the island is most definitely changing.

Just a couple of images from the other day to show a micro-view of what our roads looked like.

Road Closed

Road Closed 1

What do you do when you can’t even get out of your own road and neighborhood?  Shoot flowers in the yard.

Yellow Fever at Hilo Bay

Well, at least the tree was yellow.

It’s a Golden Shower tree that was completely covered in blossoms.  It has been quite the attraction while blooming and I even found a weary traveler resting among the branches.

I’m looking forward to the Rainbow Shower trees as they bloom this spring in Hilo.

Yellow Hilo

Yellow Hilo 2

Yellow Hilo 1

Yellow Hilo 3

Mauna Kea Sunset Panorama

Mauna Kea Panorama

This was just a spur of the moment test shot using a Kindle Fire HD.  Not bad for a tablet.

I’m hoping to get a better panorama next week using a Canon 5DII and Canon 17mm TS-E.  I’ll let you know.

Edit 2/10/15:  Wind gusts up to 80mph have kept the road to the top closed for several days.  Will have to wait it out.

http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/road-conditions/

Big Island Tours!

Green Sea Turtle

What’s the best way to see all that the Big Island has to offer?  A Jeep tour with Epic! Tours.

You will see exactly what you want to see on a customized Jeep tour.  You decide the place, the time and how long you stay at each location.  No rushing around like cattle being herded onto an overstuffed tour bus or van.

We will make suggestions as to the best times of the day to visit each location and areas that you would be most interested in seeing, leaving it all up to you where you go.  It’s a ‘no-holds-barred’ tour.  Not going to find it anywhere else.

James or I can take you to a gorgeous black sand beach, green sand beach, southern most point in the USA, active volcano, waterfalls and the top of Mauna Kea in one awesome, adventurous day!  You tell us what you want to see and we’ll make it happen, all while you relax in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with four doors and room for five.  Two Jeeps available for larger groups.  Some tours are ‘set’ but the all day adventure is yours to make.

Not only will you see what most folks miss while visiting the Big Island, you’ll learn much of its history from Ron and James.  Visit an old Sugar Mill/Japanese fishing village that was wiped out in the 1946 Tsunami which is also one of the very few places you can swim in a cool, clear mountain stream and pool as it empties into the warm Pacific; swim in a volcanically heated large, natural, outdoor pond right on the coast, with waves lapping over the lava wall and tropical fish swimming around your legs; relax in a hidden, natural lava ‘hot tub’ along the Puna coast that stays around 100 degrees; sit next to Green Sea Turtles at a world class black sand beach; stand at the southern most piece of land in the USA with nothing but ocean between you and Antarctica; see the unreal glow from the Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater in the Kilauea summit caldera at Volcanoes National Park;  stand at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in all the islands at almost 14,000′ and watch the sun slide into the clouds below you at sunset; visit an unmarked, hidden gem of a black sand beach along the famous Red Road (careful…clothing is optional at this one), and so much more that I could fill numerous pages.  You get the idea, tell us what you would like to see and we’ll make it happen.  I’ll bet we will even surprise you with some areas you’ve never heard about and we can fill you in on some of the ghost stories or ‘chicken skin’.

We have explored the island to find some very cool, ‘local’ places.  I’ve searched with a photographer’s eye and can take you to places that just don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

You can book your adventures at Epic! Tours.

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