Punalu’u Black Sand Beach…and a bonus

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is gorgeous, to say the least.  Large beach area, palm trees and green sea turtles. This particular image is not really a great image of the beach, it’s what is behind it, many miles, that is special.  The bonus. Notice the cloud in this distance behind the palm trees?  That’s not a cloud.  When I arrived at the beach the sky was clear and blue.  Suddenly, a large plume of smoke and Sulfur Dioxide rose through the sky.  It’s from the summit of Kilauea, the Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater that is always bubbling and boiling.  A wall must have fallen in or something of the kind causing the smoke to rise like a bomb had gone off. The scene felt like something out of The Twilight Zone.  Here you have a world class black sand beach, palm trees, trade winds and sea turtles taking a nap 25 feet away.  Then, in the distance, an erupting pit crater from Kilauea Volcano.  Beautiful and unsettling at the same time. Punalu'u

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on January 29, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Ron you make me feel like I am back there riding my bike on the red road! Absolutely amazing, its like you captured the breath of the island because I can feel the connection you have through the lens to the island its really really powerful! Congratulations Ron!

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