|May 27, 2007
|On the previous page, I told you we'd be back to the new lava. Well here we are, only 6 days later! One thing I've
learned form hiking the lava is that things change from day to day. I'd already missed some pretty exciting
developments over the last year so my strategy has been to just keep going out... White line = hike out, green line =
our path there, and red line = hike back. Again, the road you see at the top does not exist, it is covered by lava.
This time Cathy volunteered to go out, not having been out since January 15th!
|Just for reference, I plotted my path from 6 days ago (magenta line) with my first contact with
the hot lava area marked with the red "Hot". This was a little over a mile out. The first contact
Cathy and I had was at the location marked "1st Lava" which is only 3/4 of a mile out.
|Here are some shots of the steam coming from the Pu'u O'o vent and the sun reflecting off the lava. We'd left around
4:30 in the afternoon so we have a westerly sun shining in our faces...
|And we are blessed with a fair weather
rainbow out in the ocean to the south!
|And here's the other end to our west,
where we just came from!
|In the area marked "1st Lava", my feet
started to feel hot. I looked down and
saw this, only a foot below me!
|This is what it looked like from Cathy's perspective: I took pictures, then stuck my stick down there and lit it on fire.
Every time I pulled it out of the crack to show Cathy, the wind would blow it out. So all you end up seeing is the
blackened end of my stick...
|After playing around at the "upper" end of the lava flow, we walked down the Volcanoes National Park boundary to the
ocean. Looking up the coast, we say this. Cathy said I took off like a hound after a rabbit. It was starting to get dark
and I wanted to find a spot close enough to take good pictures while it was still light.
|I could see that the coast curved in between us and the lava and I was afraid
that it would force us to get behind the ocean entry and not be able to see it so
well, so I marked a spot with the GPS as "Good Spot" in case we couldn't get a
better view than we had here.
|As it turned out, I found a pretty good
spot only about 100 feet away. This is
the upper cliff.
|This is a wide-angle shot of the whole
flow from the top of the sea cliff down
to the bench you see in the photos
above. The stream enters the ocean
just off to the left.
|What's tricky about taking these color
temperature (and probably actual
temperature though I'm not about to
stick my finger in there to find out!).
You can see in some of the images
that there are areas of the lava that
"white out". That's because the color
temperature is too high and it
overexposes that area of the image.
By setting a faster shutter speed, you
can decrease that effect but then you
risk losing the image in cooler color
temperature areas due to under
exposure. It's a tricky balance to find
just the right setting.