The Last Lava Sunrise

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D750
1584963/1000000 sec. / ISO 320
State/Province/Region
Hawaii
Nearest Area
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Town
Kalapana, HI
Description

When I headed out that morning to shoot the lava flow high on a cliff just outside Hawai'i Volcanoes NP, I didn't know that it would be the last time I would see the 61g lava flow. It was the end of April 2018 and the flow had retreated high on the Pali, so it involved a long hike to get there. I started at 4 am in the morning and did the roughly 5.5 miles trek in the dark. My hope was to be next to the surface flow around sunrise. The flow had retreated an additional mile since the day before so I had to hurry up the steep cliff to be there on time. I made it just in time and enjoyed an insane sunrise at the lava with nothing else around me but shallow earthquakes every few minutes. Just a few days later the area was shut down due to increased seismic activity and soon after the eruption in Leilani Estates, which was my old neighborhood, happened. I'm glad I had that one more trip out to the lava and it didn't disappoint at all.

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Date Added
May 24, 2021
Date Taken
May 24, 2021