Water On Fire
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Don MacAskill, COO and Co-Founder of Smugmug, published this photo in his April 2011 blog. You can find his blog here: http://don.blogs.smugmug.com/
This photo was taken August 23, 2010 - it captures lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on The Big Island of Hawaii. This was the main lava flow as it emptied into the ocean. I was sitting in the bow of a boat, bobbing up and down in the ocean, when I captured this pic. You can't really see the scale of the eruption in this shot, but about 15 feet of the "shore" is shown here. You can see the steam created when the molten rock hit the ocean - it would sometimes obscure the lava flows - but it was like a dance, when the steam cloud would part for a few minutes allowing a glimpse of the lava beneath.