Lava Glow

By |2013-12-17T11:34:58+00:00Dec 17th, 2013|
Yesterday, we continued to experience Hawaii’s vacillating weather patterns as we drove around Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. There was a point where we were literally standing on the border of a rain shower and then there was driving into what looked like the gates of hell. Suffice it to say that we got positively soaked while walking around roadways that were rendered useless due to lava flow. But, we kept on keeping on and that perseverance really paid off because, true to form, within an hour or so, the rain blew away and we were greeted with dryer conditions and a sky filled with dramatic clouds.

Towards the end of the day, just after sunset, we hustled up to the Jagger Observatory to witness one of the coolest (pun intended) things ever – the radiant glow of lava from the Halema‘uma‘u Crater within Kīlauea Caldera. What made this even more aesthetically pleasing was that there was still some cool blue color in the night sky, which played beautifully off of the warm, radiant glow. It truly was something to behold.

Today is likely going to be a more leisurely day. We may head back to Volcano or spend some more time roaming around South Point. Hope everyone is doing well!


  1. Robin Griggs Wood December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for the little vacation I got from your story, Brian .. :-))

  2. Michael O'Reilly December 17, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Nice, +Brian Matiash. Seeing a volcano in person is on my bucket list. I'm glad you got to do this, and that you shared a shot with us.

  3. Alan Williamson December 17, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Awesome pic!!!

  4. Neil Howard December 17, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Jealous now +Brian Matiash  A Volcano no less … Great image

  5. Shelly Gunderson December 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply


  6. James Wald December 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hey +Brian Matiash, welcome to Hawaii! I bet James Chan is jealous of us right now.

  7. Brian Matiash December 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Hey +James Wald o! Are you living here now?

  8. Jamie Zartman December 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    What, no sacrifice to the photo-gods?

  9. Michael O'Reilly December 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    That's a Canon 1D Mark 4 burning there, +Jamie Zartman.

  10. George Fletcher December 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Wow! The colors here are amazing! Great shot!

  11. Marc Briggs December 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Awesome scene!

  12. Roy Fritz December 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Great shot +Brian Matiash. Your continuance in waiting out the weather got you the shot.
    Of course as they say in Hawaii, just wait 20 min and the weather usually changes. Been great following your Hawaiian Photo Journey.

  13. Talib Abbas December 18, 2013 at 2:14 am - Reply

    You pray by using picture with an event to God and all the audience,

  14. Dave Veffer December 18, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply


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