Littoral explosions at Waikupanaha Aug 4, 2008
Aug 4, 2008Public
Photo: I left the house at 3:30 AM and got out to a good viewing spot while it was still dark. All of these pictures were taken with a telephoto zoom lens.
Photo: Inevitably my handheld camera would shake during the long exposures, creating interesting results.
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Photo: Gradually the sky lightened. The best time for photography was coming up.
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Photo: Occasionally lightning would flash within the enormous steam plume, though I couldn't capture it "on film."
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Photo: With my telephoto lens cranked all the way I was able to get some good closeups
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Photo: By the way, these folks are not in a very safe spot. A few days ago part of the shoreline collapsed just seaward of where they are standing. The collapse sent rocks and boulders flying, many of which landed well inland of their position.
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Photo: Bye bye for today. Although the show continued, I made my way back across the lava to the car and was home in time for breakfast. For detailed info on these explosions see http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/oceanentry/deltaexplosions/