"In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying."--Bertrand Russell
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Pictures from the big island of Hawaii
Made some desktop wallpaper sized versions of this shot today, and got one close-up of the lava, but the close-up is intentionally over-exposed to make the lava easier to see. Go to our free desktop wallpaper page to see them. What an adventure to get to this flow! Spencer and I started by going into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, driving all the way down to where the road ends because the lava rolled over it in 1997. The ranger there said that the flow that was visible there had ended the day before. If we wanted to see lava, we'd have to go back toward Hilo through Kea'au and south to the ocean where the only active flow was going. So, back we went, 40 miles in the car and another 2 over lava rock to get to this spectacular view of a black sand beach and molten lava pouring into the ocean. The steam plume was visible for miles! And, finally, Spencer and I saw real, molten lava!