Picture of the Day 13.02.2016
Why did I waste so much time in Honolulu? I should have come here way earlier, Big Island is just a dream come true for every photographer. Where else do you have jungles, volcanoes and the ocean in such close proximity? I especially love those night-skies, even outside of Mauna Kea it's so dark everywhere and the sky so clear. Anyways today I explored the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which as you can guess by the name all about volcanoes. There are dozens of craters in all shapes and sizes and basically everything in covered in volcanic rocks, the result of hardened lava from old and recent eruptions. Unfortunately (well at least for photographers) there is not much activity at the moment and the little bits of flowing lava there is can't be visited on any normal ways. But even those desolated landscapes alone are worth it. The highlight of the trip was of course Halema'uma'u, the most active volcano of the park. You can only the see smoke from the viewpoints as the magma is to far inside the crater but once the sun sets the spectacle begins. The orange glow of the magma starts illuminating the smoke...orange glowing smoke with the stars shining over the whole sight. The photo can't really do it justice, I have once again found the most spectacular sight of the journey. This view and the photos made even the 2,5 hour trip back to the hostel worth it all. Let's see what tomorrows adventure will be, I hope something that allows for an earlier sleep.