I have always loved the visuals of volcanoes. I once managed to be in a small plane inside the crater of Mt Saint Helens.
And I spent a lot of time in the Volcano Park on the Big Island of Hawaii before the last eruptions made it impossible to get close some of the craters. I also foolishly walked between very narrow runs of hot lava at night as it poured into the sea from Pu’o’u (It was a long way from the volcano and a long time ago.)
A relatively short time after Saint Helen’s eruption, Ctein and I took this shared image above as part of our collaboration project.
I’ve collected some amazing volcano photographs from 2019: The Year in Volcanic Activity from Alan Taylor’s In Focus
An eruption of Italy’s Stromboli volcano on July 3, 2019, as seen from the beach of Stromboli island
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Lava is seen glowing in a lake inside the crater of the Nyiragongo volcano inside the Virunga National Park near the eastern Congolese city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on August 9, 2019. #
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Lava flows from a fissure along Etna’s southeast crater on May 30, 2019.
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This picture taken on October 25, 2019, shows lava from the Piton de la Fournaise flowing down the east-southeast face on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
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I took this photograph in collaboration with the brilliant dye-transfer photographer and printer Ctein a long time ago. The color image is his and the black and white images are mine. They were taken at Mt St Helens in Washington when the devastation from the volcano explosion was still very present. I’ve always been drawn to volcanoes and their aesthetic in spite of their destructive quality. At another time I was close to the inside of the crater in a very small plane.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the years in Volcano Park on the Big Island in Hawaii. I’ve been on top of Mauna Kea, the huge dead volcano on the island. And I’ve foolishly but memorably walked on warm lava with red lava nearby. The images that have been coming from the recent eruptions are stunning and terrifying.
The quote below and the images are from Alan Foster’s In Focus in May:
The recent eruptions from several volcanic vents in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island have prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory said eight lava fissures had opened under Leilani Estates over the past few days. The opening of the fissures and lava flow from Kilauea Volcano follow a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake on Friday, and the earlier collapse of a nearby crater, emptying the lake of lava within. The unfolding disaster is unpredictable …