Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Notes from Hawaii

photograph by Stephen Stickler

My older brother John recently moved to Hawaii and just sent these incredible photos of  Kiluea Volcano, which is on the Puna peninsula on the east coast of the Island of Hawaii.  In the photo above, my sister-in-law Soma Han is standing in front of a giant lava-cliff cave.  Just an amazing shot of all that volcanic texture frozen in time.  
My brother writes:
"We finally made the hike down to the wild coast where the hot lava from Kiluea Volcano is pouring into the sea -- the only place in the world where this is happening right now. It is a rough walk over miles of rugged black lava from past flows, the newest land in the world. But it was worth it. We arrived at sunset with Stephen and some other friends and watched the glow from the fingers of flame increase in intensity as night came on."

Soma tells me that it was a very long and difficult walk out to see Kiluea volcano flowing into the ocean --90 minutes over very rough pathless volcanic terrain by daylight and on the return, in the dark with head lanterns  and flashlights a couple of hours.  Grueling but a thrilling adventure.

These amazing photos were taken by my nephew, photographer, Stephen Stickler.  I feel so lucky that they sent these to me and gave me permission to share them with you on my blog.


photograph by Stephen Stickler
Here the Kiluea volcano is pouring  hot lava into the ocean.  A once in a life time picture, I think.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos!

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    1. I am so happy that you have enjoyed them Kathy. I just couldn't resist sharing them.

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  2. Great photos Mary! Now you have a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for sharing & my best to you and your family.

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    1. Hi Christine. I was thrilled to see them and share them. So glad you like them. Yes, a great visiting place!!

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  3. What an awesome adventure! My husband and I went to Hawaii last September. We almost did that trek but didn't have enough time as it requires as least 4 hours to get down to the ocean and back, as your brother and his wife found out! So cool that they were able to do it. Here is a link to my post about our vacation there: http://modernnaturestudio.blogspot.com/2011/10/inspired-by-hawaii.html

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    1. Thank you for the link Kathleen. I checked out your pics. They are wonderful. I am glad that you saw these since you didn't get to make that grueling hike!!! You certainly found some beautiful spots. Must have been a fab trip.

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  4. Wow! Mary those photographs are wonderful! My Adam and Alicia and baby Ava are in Kauai...They love it. Breathtaking scenery!

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    1. I was wondering if they were nearby. I can see why they love it. So beautiful and such nice warm weather. But I am looking forward to having some snow to get out in soon.

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  5. Wow!! Not only are the pictures breathraking, but your brother's description of his journey had me right there, too! Now, I want to put this place on my bucket list! beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Great idea for your bucket list Patti. So glad you enjoyed this post.

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  6. Hawaii is my favorite place on earth (not that I've been to very many places but have returned to Hawaii many times. We went to the top of the volcano and walked some. It was eerie and otherworldly. We felt like the only humans on earth there. Your brother's trek sounds wonderful and amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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