Hawaii (Big Island) – Volcanic fields of fire

Hawaii (Big Island) – Volcanic fields of fire

I’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii for nearly half a lifetime. Not so much the touristy parts of Honolulu, but the enigmatic steaming Big Island, where fiery flows of lava tumble down its rocky shores into the sea. And home of the world’s largest volcano, Mauna Loa, rising up an astonishing 9000 meters from the bottom of the sea, more than 4000 of those above sea level. All around Hilo its ominous huge flanks are looming on the horizon, beckoning you to go & explore.

In 2013 I finally took the opportunity to go there. I walked across the fields of fire from the town of Kalapana to the Kilauea lava flows on the southeast coast, and stood utterly mesmerized looking upon the creation process of Earth itself. It is one of the most mindblowing things one could ever hope to see.

NaturePic Challenge – Remote Islands # 3: Hawaii (Big Island)

Sunset on Mauna Loa, Big Island, Hawaii

Enigmatic sunset on Mauna Loa, viewed from across on Mauna Kea on the other side of the island.

Kalapana coastal lava flows, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii

The coastal lava flows near Kalapana – the creation of Earth in progress.

Sturdy shoes are essential, Kilauea lava flow, Big Island, Hawaii

Sturdy shoes are essential. It does get hot under your feet! 😉

My walking shoes were scorched by Pele as I walked across the Kalapana lava flows…

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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