ROGER W. DORMANN

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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. Every photograph here contains lava in either its molten or hardened state.

Hawaii wave crashing into rocks
Hawaii, lava rock field with colored clouds and sunset between Mahai'ula Beach and Makalawena Beach

The volcano photos below 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.

Hawaii Kilauea crater molten lava at night
Lava activity increasing at Kilauea summit crater Halemaʻumaʻu at night.
Hawaii Kilauea crater molten lava at night
A full view of the entire Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
Hawaii Kilauea crater with smoke
Halemaʻumaʻu crater earlier the same day. Notice there is not yet any lava spewing up as in the night photos taken only a few hours later.
Hawaii Kilauea crater with smoke

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.

Hawaii lava rock with stormy sky
Hawaii, lava rock field with colored clouds and sunset between Mahai'ula Beach and Makalawena Beach
Sunset near Makalawena Beach.

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