In May I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii for a week long vacation and there were 2 things I was most looking forward to, one of which was seeing seeing hot scalding lava. After a 2 mile hike aboard a guided tour, we arrived at the lava. Wow! The lava conditions change every day. A lava bench that was around yesterday may have fallen off and will be completely gone the next morning. When I arrived there was no safe viewing spot close up to the lava. I had to stay far back, high on a cliff, and used the 80-200mm telephoto to get nice and intimate with the lava. On this evening the lava was flowing so fast that there was a TON of steam everywhere. More steam than I would have liked. As we watched 2 new streams of lava broke through the tube and made their way down into the ocean and I was lucky enough to capture them!