5-19-18 Leilani Eruption From The Air

Aloha,

A week ago I took a helicopter tour over the new eruption area in and around Leilani Estates. The new clusters of fissures had just gotten very robust with more fluid lava flows and they were quickly headed to the ocean.

Of course, these images are already old in comparison to what the area looks like now but, they do show numerous interesting sights.

One is the lava bomb house where the guy had his lower leg shattered. It happened that day I believe. Holes can be seen in the roof and solar panels.

The others show when the one flow first started to disappear into the giant crack that opened up. It was still in thick trees and brush so it hadn’t been discovered yet.

Both of these images are shown below.

Since I was just riding along and not dictating what I needed/wanted to film I have limited images. I loaded 98% of what I shot even though they are in sequence and similar. Clouds block different houses in others so, I decided to load them all.

I used two cameras. One was my trusty old Nikon D800 with a fixed 24mm lens for the wide shots and my newer Panasonic Lumix GH5 with the Leica Lumix 100mm – 400mm (200mm – 800mm equivalent in a full frame system). Its amazing the images I was able to capture using such a long reach lens. Not having the option to hover in place I decided not to try video. The strong trades were also an issue. Next outing I’ll try the 70-200 2.8 for low light video. It will be much easier to maneuver.

So its easy to know which camera shot what images I loaded two separate galleries.

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter D800 (wide shots)

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter GH5 (zoomed in shots)

Both galleries start with images shot earlier that morning from Hwy 137 in Kapoho.

Remember, both galleries have multiple pages.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

The image below shows the possible lava bomb house at fissure 17. Bottom right is the crack loud jetting sounds and steam were coming from. Not much lava. That’s a doors off Paradise Helicopter tour passing below us. I was on the same type of tour with Paradise. Look hard and you can see the large lava bombs/spatter in the yard and holes in the roof and solar panels. Also, a small lattice structure that was destroyed.

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Below are the merged fissures 16 and 20. They’re sending two large rivers of lava towards the ocean. Note the lower right corner and the stand of dead or dying trees. That’s the large crack opening up and lava is starting to flow into it. Where it went no one knows.

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In this image below you can clearly see the lava flowing into the crack as it opens much wider. Upper right corner.

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Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

The eruption is a beautiful sight to see but, tragic too.

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9-05-12 New Big Island Shaped Images

Aloha,

The Big Island shaped prints gallery is now at 99 images and growing.

The metallic prints will also be available with up to 50 different background colors. A color chart will be added to a special new page in the near future. When an order is placed you can note the color of choice while checking out. For now this option will only be available online.

The metal island prints are stunning and only available through my website or retail locations. Be sure and visit Krazy About Kona to see one in person.

More coming to retail locations in the coming weeks.

Finally getting settled in to my new place so, now I can get back out shooting new images and catch up on some recent work.

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
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Why?

Aloha,

Okay. I guess I could have used a more original title for this post or maybe said it in French to make it look more interesting.

I decided to do this post after getting a response to a forum post I made. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this.

Inadvertently the person brought up something that I may have overlooked. How they and the casual visitor views my website and blog. They said that I have way too many similar images of the lava flows and in particular used the 3-06-11 Kamoamoa Fissure eruption as an example. Which was perfect since that’s what I used to explain Why.

So, now I will try to explain my website and what I do and how its way more than just another photography website. (My new website will better explain this)

My adventures at the lava flows are now into their third decade. Basically along with my attempts at fine art photography I have documented the lava flow activity at Kilauea volcano too. Take notice of my folders, galleries and images file names. All are by date other than very old slide shots and galleries prior to 2008. Those are separated by types of flows and or locations but, most have the date as the files name. While these images might seem repetitious they do tell an ongoing story of Kilauea’s activity.

My site brings in many types of followers and all are equally important. There are the ones that simply find the images to be beautiful. Then there are the ones who are fascinated by the volcano. There are also the professionals like scientists and educators IE; professors. The latter ones appreciate the extensive coverage as many times what might be a simple outing at an eruption site to most, to them there are very important events being captured. Minute by minute sequences tell a much-needed story. So, I do have quite a story to tell. For now my photos do it. Someday I will in text.

When I’ve made a very long and difficult hike to an eruption area and I’m there for 6,8, 10 or more hours, most times 5-10 photos aren’t going to cover what I’m experiencing. To the general observer its plenty but, to the scientist that’s tracking Kilauea’s activity minute by minute observations mean a lot.

This is where the Kamoamoa eruption makes a great example. I could have posted way more images from that experience. I was the only person in the world out there during a time that the fissures advanced and new ones opened. This information proved to be important. I won’t get into how and why as it’s not for me to say at this time. The digital files are embedded with times so, this makes it easier to document the activity. I have had situations like this many times over the years. Kamoamoa eruption blog post. This eruption also had a series of smaller eruption events I captured entirely. So, what might look like too many similar images is in reality are entire micro events within the larger eruption event . (That’s okay, I had to read it twice too and I wrote it.)

Not to be too sarcastic but, my website is called lavapix.com for a reason 🙂 (Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m very sarcastic. That took loads of effort restraining myself.)

So, if images from the 1990’s look much like images from 2012, it’s because in general the flows do look similar. But, the time and date tell an ongoing story of Kilauea’s growth.

My website content can be broken down into a few categories starting from the smaller percentage to the larger.

Fine Art, stock for licensing and documentation.

Not to say that I don’t on occasion post a few too many similar shots. Its tough at times to cut some shots I get. Had I listened to others and removed some I would have missed out on great licensing deals. You just never know what a publisher is looking for. I also shoot sequences of small breakouts when nothing much is going on. They tell a short story.

This post isn’t to assume any of my visitors are complete idiots. Well, some might be and some might think I’m one too 🙂

Most of you probably already understood my websites content but, to the casual observer it probably wasn’t so obvious. Thus the reason for this blog post.

Now to my infamous “Don’t try to do what I do” warning. With a twist.

Never ever use the word idiot on your blog posts unless you can handle the possible negative feedback. It can be brutal and extreme. I have years of training from many past foot in mouth comments. I can handle it. Don’t put yourself in this situation. It’s no place for the inexperienced!! The learning curve is brutal!!

I’m definitely interested to hear your comments on this blog post. Many times I can’t publicly display them due to the nature but, if you keep it child friendly I can make them public.

Disclaimer; The idiot thing is a joke……….There are no dumb questions so ask away………

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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10-09-11 Lava Rivers and Streams

Aloha,

Here’s a post on lava rivers/streams. Since Pu’u O’o vent has been sending streams out from the new fissure on its east spillway, I decided it was time to explain the difference between this type of river vs the more normal lava tube breakout. People have asked a lot lately if I’ve been out there yet. I haven’t and the reason is, this type of river and its location are just too dangerous. Plus the area is very difficult to hike due to the horrible lava I explained in a earlier post. The east spillway of Pu’u O’o is very steep so, the flows move very fast up there. They also overflow their banks at anytime and any location so, getting close even if you made it that far is too risky. If the lava can move faster than you can, it’s too dangerous! Also, the lava can easily overflow suddenly from Pu’u O’o vent again and engulf this entire area like it did when this all started. Not to mention that much of this lava flows very fast and hollow leaving that nasty shelly pahoehoe or A’a lava flows that can be well over 15′ high. Stay away!!!

The samples I show in my photos here are from lava tube overflows. The main tube gets over-capacitated and a weak section of its roof is lifted away allowing the lava to escape. The section lifted away is called the “Manhole Cover”. I have witnessed this before on a large-scale. Included is a very rare photo of one that survived the overflow. 99% of the time the section is swept away by the powerful surge of lava. The higher elevations are the best for these lava tube overflows. They’re generally more powerful and much larger than on the flats. Getting caught by an event like this is one of the many occurring dangers that can kill you out there. Hiking active lava flows is an art that is learned carefully over a period of several years. Hiking a mature lava tube is one of my most favorite adventures to do. You have to know what you’re doing. Its nothing like the short walks to ocean entries.

The Manhole Cover image of course has a lava tube skylight. This was left over as the overflow was very brief and at a sudden 10′-15′ drop that allowed the lava to have an intense internal lavafall. The breakout occurred at the highest of the many small pali’s. I spent 8 hrs at this location. The following week I went on a skylight exploration hike and found 21 active ones. By far the most I’d ever seen on one hike. A week later they were all sealed up. These were 4-5 hr one way hikes. My next post will show some of my images. Or you can ck out my website to view many of them now.http://lavapix.com/2/348f7/c1692a/#/gallery/hvnp-lava-surface-flows-stock/a44/ If you find this post of interest, be sure and +1 or share it with your g+ or fb friends.  Be sure and add me to your google+ circles or Like my Facebook Fan Page for quicker and more frequent updates.

Lava rivers from previous hikes

Skylight Manhole cover

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
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7-22-11 Pu’u O’o Vent

Aloha,

This composite of two images taken by the USGS show how lava has nearly filled both the Puka Nui and MLK pits. Both were already nearly filled by the July 2007 events. The area surrounding these pits and at the south base of Pu’u O’o are very dangerous shelly Pahoehoe. The pockets are very deep. Up to 5′ and they will be very hot too. Stay away!

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
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3-06-11 Kamoamoa Fissure Eruption Video

Aloha,

Well, it only took over 3 months but, I finally got around to uploading my crude video from that spectacular event. Be sure and watch the entire video.

All shot with this cheap old beat up Casio.

Check out my previous post for more info on this event.

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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