By |2013-12-23T10:55:09+00:00Dec 23rd, 2013|
About 20 minutes before taking this photo, I was making the return walk on the trail at the bottom of the Chain of Craters road in Volcanoes National Park. The walk itself would have been wonderful had I not been totally saturated by rain (although, I have to admit that it was quite beautiful regardless).

Sure enough, as soon as we reached the car, the rain began to let up and so we drove about 2 miles to the nearby petroglyphs area. I took a few minutes to myself to dry up (man, the REI gear that I had on was worth every penny here) and then roamed around the massive expanse of lava rock and brush that had formed at the base of Kīlauea.

Given the amount of heavy clouds that formed, I didn’t really have much hope for a sunset but I was dead wrong. At the time that I first saw the sun start to show, I had my Canon 14mm UWA lens on and instantly knew that it was the wrong glass for the shot I had in mind, so I hustled back to our rented Jeep Wrangler and swapped out the glass (clearly, I should have had my camera bag on me but, remember, I was trying to dry out and the bag itself was also pretty wet).

It all worked out in the end because I found a spot that afforded me a really indicative foreground to help you visualize what it felt like to stand where I had stood. I got set up with enough time to rifle off a few shots of the glowing ball before it fell behind another bank of thick clouds, not to be seen again until the following morning.


  1. Destin Swain December 23, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Love the moon(:

  2. LINDA WALTERS December 23, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply


  3. sido benz December 23, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    quel patience::::::::::::::::!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Julie Ware Mark Art Productions December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Great timely capture

  5. Noha Nagi December 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Awesome ♡♡

  6. Doug Dillon December 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks again +Brian Matiash !!! I feel like I was right there with you given the wonderful description you always put with your shots. I am feeling the wet clothing, etc. and the wonderful clean smell in the air. Beautiful shot!! Who would have thought you would see the sun and get the shot. So good to see and hear about it. Keep up the good work!!!

  7. Jolniross Tacbobo December 24, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply


  8. R.G Silva December 25, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

    great work

  9. Martin Carter December 30, 2013 at 4:30 am - Reply

    You get yourself into some stunning locations
    & you capture the essence of our landscape – MC

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