Sunday, March 18, 2007

Photos from last year's trip to Hawaii

I visited a conference on the big Island last year. I did not expect to be able to play tourist much, but I was able to sneak out for a day and go to see the volcanoes. I saw the lava stream into the sea, and also lots of awe-inspiring geology.
Here is a panorama of the Halema'uma'u crater, which is down inside the Kilauea caldera. Native Hawaiians say that Pele lives inside and the lava lake apparently periodically melts (larger size on flickr).
Halema'uma'u crater

These are thermal vents on the edge of Kilauea's caldera. Sulfur and other minerals get carried up and deposited by the steam. Very smelly but gorgeous colors.
A steaming pileSulphur crystals

Colored lava. This is down in Kilauea caldera:

Living fire hydrant

The snow on this fire hydrant gives it a funny face
It's alive!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Old photographs

I've been going over old photographs I made on film before I ever got a digital camera. Posted a few on my flickr page. I had forgotten about these images and they are a veritable treasure chest. Here are a few:
Boulder and Blue Lake
High lake
Shoshoni Peaks 1
I need to find a negative/slide scanner to get them at higher resolution.