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Monday, January 10, 2011

More than one volcano in my world last month





                                                                                                                            Photos by Richard Schear
Before we went to Hawaii last month, I prepared several blog posts in draft, so I could use them while on our holiday. I did most of them in November, but some as early as October. Little did I know there would be such similarities between the actively volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, and a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in the USA's south Pacific state of Hawaii.
The Lanzarote photos were posted on December 16, actually three days after we visited Haleakala, the 10,000-foot dormant volcano on Maui, and I didn't make the connection then, either. It wasn't until we uploaded the Hawaii photos to our computers that I recognized the same colors we had seen in January, 2009. Just take a look at the first couple of Lanzarote photos HERE.
The big difference is, the clouds seen on today's post for My World Tuesday are just that, clouds. On Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, the mist in the first photo is actually steam coming from the present volcanic activity below the ground.
There is an active volcano in Hawaii. In fact, on Hawaii, the "big island" but we only saw it at night, from the deck of the cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. The captain had the ship moving very slowly but, nevertheless, Dick's photos show multiple lines of lava against a black background. It's very pretty, even dramatic, but not very accurate. Mount Kilauea is one of five volcanoes that form the "big island" of Hawaii.



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24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures as always! Love the colors in the last two shots! Amazing! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

aka Penelope said...

What spectacular landscapes, Kay. Good job capturing those subtle shades. The active volcano looks like fireworks in the night sky. This must have been magical to see in person!

VioletSky said...

Very cool.
I've never seen a volcano, never mind o0ne with lavs flowing.

hmm, word verification is "fart" - is that what the volcano was doing?!

Lesley said...

I think I prefer the lush greenery of Hawaii, but these are impressive views.

ewok1993 said...

I am loving the landscape captures. Have a lovely week.

Linnea said...

It's amazing to have such moon-like landscape on such a tropical island such as Maui. Nice shots. I've been there several times, but every time I drive up there, I get car sick and my ears fill up with fluid! It's worth it though! Enjoy the week. (Hope you can get back to the Gulf Islands some time soon).

Carver said...

Wonderful shots and very interesting. I've never seen a live volcano.

Wren said...

Incredibly stark and lovely landscape, Kay. Are particularly fond of volcanos, or do they just happen to be where you were vacationing?

I like Dick's photos, even if they aren't accurate portrayals. The red and black makes an intense and interesting abstract work of art.

Indrani said...

I have never seen a volcano, dead or alive. Stunning pictures for me. Thanks Kay.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Wren - I don't go looking for volcanoes, but when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, I was living in British Columbia, near the Washington State border, and I actually heard the explosion. I had no idea what it was until later. Since then, I've seen it from the air a couple of times when traveling from BC to California.
-- K

Martha Z said...

I was impressed by the color when we visited Haleakala a few years ago. I see what you mean about the similarity to the volcano in the Canary Islands.

Ebie said...

Beautiful pictures Kay! I have never been so close to a volcano as this. I just do not have the opportunity.

Love the soft grain of the volcanoes.

magiceye said...

lovely captures!!

ladyfi said...

Volcanos are powerful and beautiful - showing us the force of Nature. Thanks for these lovely shots!

Rajesh said...

Terrific shots. Never seen anything like this before.

Luna Miranda said...

these are amazing photos! the lava shots, the volcanoes--all captivating. i once traveled for 10 hours by land to watch an erupting volcano. it was an awesome experience.

Jo said...

Oh my word, what beautiful shots, Kay and Dick. Hope you're having a great day. Hugs to you and of course, Lindy! Blessings, Jo

Mª Zélia said...

Querida Kay, as fotos são impressionantes, uma aventura e tanto!!!
Nunca me imagino perto destes gigantes...
Ver as montanhas cobertas de cinzas dá uma sensação estranha.
Parabéns ao Dick, suas fotos transmitem uma incrível realidade!
(((Abraços)))

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful post dear Kay and so interesting volcano!
I love those colours, amazing shots!
Léia

Reader Wil said...

How awesome! Volcanoes are always fascinating! Your photos prove this! Have a great weekend.

Reader Wil said...

Awesome photos! Volcanoes are always spectacular. Have a nice week.

jabblog said...

Volcanoes are so fascinating - unpredictable, forceful, dangerously beautiful. Wonderful :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful pictures and what an interesting comparison. Although I've never seen anything quite like these, I can relate to being surprised when you download your pictures. I am often surprised at what I "caught" and also often am reminded of another place, another time.

Kay said...

Fun shots, Kay. I remember seeing just one eruption and was really awed by the power of it. You really got to do a lot while here and while suffering from that terrible cold.