ROGER W. DORMANN

Fine Art Photography

Hawaii: Fire and Life

The beautiful island of Hawaii is the largest located in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The island is built from five separate shield volcanoes that erupted somewhat sequentially, one overlapping the other. Solidified lava (igneous rock) is present everywhere on the island. As I was taking the photographs here, I was intrigued by green vegetation that was springing from the hardened lava which is evidence of the fact that the earth is constantly evolving in cycles of life and death. From death springs life. With the exception of the botanical photos taken at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo, every photograph here contains lava in either its molten or hardened state.

The volcano photos here were taken on April 19, 2018 at the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater located on the summit of Kilauea. The crater floor of nearby Puʻu ʻOʻo collapsed just 11 days later on April 30 followed by a lava eruption in lower Puna on May 3. On May 17, 2018, an explosive eruption occurred at Halemaʻumaʻu, creating a plume of ash 30,000 feet into the air.

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