Dusk…A seething caldera of red hot lava accentuates smoke and gasses rises above the surface of the volcanic floor.

Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Big Island of Hawaii, USA

May 16, 2010

Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens, shutter 13 seconds, f/20, manual, focal length 130mm, ISO 800, Manfrotto tripod, Wimberley II tripod head, cable release

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Evelyn Bach
    Evelyn Bachover 3 years ago

    Oh! this is so fantastic! Especially in the surrounding darkness. Magnificent shot, gina.

  • Hi, Evelyn! Thank you so much! The majority of day trippers leave Hawaii Volcanos NP before dusk so the crater is relatively quiet at sunset, a great time to see whatever the crater is doing come alive. Dawn is also worthwhile but admittedly it’s a bit difficult to leave a nice warm bed for a cold sunrise session with a volcano…:-)). Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and almost abstract!

  • Thank you, Betty! I agree, this does have an abstract quality to it. :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 3 years ago

    Nice work great capture. I bet you can still taste it ha !…Hugs..Tom

  • Hi, Tom. Fortunately the wind was blowing fumes away from where I stood. Thanks for stopping by. You are always a day brightener! Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot. I was on Maui in February, and hoped for a shot something like this, but it was not to be. So I am envious. Maybe next time. Well done, Gina.

  • Hi, David. You know, the ava was flowing when I visited the Big Island but it was only visible from the water or the air. A year later the most active crater put on one of those explosive displays everybody hopes for. One never knows what a volcano will do or when Pele will throw a “tantrum”. Glad you stopped by. It’s always great hearing from you! Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lyn  Thomsen
    Lyn Thomsenover 3 years ago

    Wow , how amazing Gina, you can nearly feel the heat in the photo,that’s awesome

  • Hi, Lyn. If you spend sunset near this crater bring a jacket for it becomes quite chilly when night falls! On the other hand it would be unbearably hot right by the crater’s edge…:-)) Hugs, Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Gina!

  • Thank you so very much! Hugs, Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéover 3 years ago

    wonderful :) xxx

  • Thank you, Denise!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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