A VERY patient doggie waiting for his mistress to finish her work day. She was one of the park's hires to sit there and count all the visitors coming to see the lava flow which takes place only after 2 p.m. each day and no cars are allowed in after 8 p.m. Please see the previous Kilauea Crater post for the map of this location (Kalapana).
This is what you see long before you arrive to the parking area. It's like a living, breathing creature. VERY Orson-Wellsish if you know what I mean.
Look carefully in the left part of this image. You can see the formation of a water spout (twister). These kept occuring continuously. At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.
And here it is. A series of explosions that took place while we were there. It felt a lot like War of the Worlds. It was very quiet except the oohing and aahing of the crowd; no booming sounds of the explosions.
The challenge for me was to keep still while doing rapid fire shots. My tripod was broken. So was my sisters. I was left with having to hand hold my camera in a very dim and changing lighting situation. ISO settings bumped way up. Focus set on manual since the auto feature doesn't know how to track this moving plume of ash and steam.
Hypnotic and mesmerizing. It really was.
Evening is falling and there is almost no daylight left.
As we headed back up to the parking area, you could see the stream of lava glowing as it worked its way down the slope of the mountain. I took this telephoto shot knowing that I would not be able to hold the camera still enough for the length of the time the shutter stays open.