Many, many nice images are being captured and shown from the current inflation at Halema’uma’u crater. Those of us that have access, time, talent and equipment are being given a great opportunity to capture God’s creation at work.
In looking over the numerous images I captured the other evening, I ‘see’ a few faces/profiles within the plume rising from the crater. While I don’t believe in Pele or the numerous other gods associated, I don’t disrespect, look down upon or otherwise ridicule another persons free will to choose what and who they believe in. I say this because I do not wish to create a religious or spiritual debate, argument or otherwise tick someone off. We, as individuals, believe what we believe.
Do I think the following images captured some ‘spirit images’? Nah. Just interesting stuff.
The first image, to my eye, looks like a lady in the plume. When I first saw the image on my LCD screen, I smiled and just said ‘Wow’. The folks standing next to me looked at me to see what I was talking about and I asked them to take a look at the screen. When they did, they said ‘Look at the lady!’. Pretty cool.
The second image, to my eye, looks like an old crone or hag.
The third image, to my eye, appears to be another profile.
The fourth image, to my eye, is probably the coolest one. It appears to be a Spanish Conquistador.
Yes, I have a very vivid and active imagination. You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t see the profiles or think I’m seeing things. Just presented for enjoyment, kind of like looking at shapes in the clouds.
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As of this morning, the lava was about 13 feet from the rim of the Overlook crater and getting ready to spill into the larger Halema’uma’u crater.
For background, I’ve cut and pasted the following text directly from the USGS site that is here http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php
The summit lava lake is within an elliptical crater (unofficially called the Overlook crater), which has dimensions of approximately 160 m (520 ft) by 210 m (690 ft), inset within the eastern portion of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The lake level has varied from about 25 m to more than 200 m (out of sight) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The Overlook crater has been more-or-less continuously active since it opened during a small explosive event on March 19, 2008. The lake level responds to summit tilt changes with the lake generally receding during deflation and rising during inflation. Since 2013, the lava level has been typically between 30 m (100 ft) and 60 m (200 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. Small collapses in the Overlook crater are common, and over time have resulted in a gradual enlargement of the Overlook crater. The ambient SO2 concentrations near the vent vary greatly, but are persistently higher than 10 ppm and frequently exceed 50 ppm (upper limit of detector) during moderate trade winds. The gas plume typically includes a small amount of ash-sized tephra (mostly fresh spatter bits and Pele’s hair from the circulating lava lake). The heaviest pieces are deposited onto nearby surfaces while the finer bits can be carried several kilometers before dropping out of the plume.
You can check the live webcam at Volcanoes here http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/panorama.php?cam=KIcam
Don’t be surprised if the view is vogged/fogged in much of the time.
Who knows how long this will continue, it may end tonight and it might just continue to fill the larger crater. Since I know most of you cannot make the trek to see it, I’ve brought it you in the following video from early this morning. The video was shot at the visitor center, just a little over a mile away from the lava lake.
I ended up shooting a couple of hours worth of video last night at the volcano and just wanted to share this short clip of the lava churning within Halema’uma’u Pit Crater.
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.
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.
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.
Spent a little time at Volcano last night and really enjoyed the clear skies. In my experience, it is unusual to not have clouds, rain and a steady breeze.
We left earlier than I would have liked when the breeze did start to blow and we could begin to smell Sulfur Dioxide and see that the smoke from Halemaʻumaʻu was beginning to head our way.
Halemaʻumaʻu is a pit crater is located in Volcanoes National Park and is situated within the summit caldera of Kilauea.