Check out the variety of textures we had the pleasure of observing last week! Dynamic and diverse are two terms that come to mind… but they still fall far short of describing the beauty and wonder of seeing these scenes in person!!
A glassy toe of pahoehoe burns what’s left of some kupukupu ferns as it advances, picking up loose chips of lava rock off of the old flow its covering.
Molten pahoehoe twists and curls as it flows down a steep slope, stacking up as the river’s velocity slows.
Vigorous bubbling and foundering in Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava lake was a sight to behold!
A dynamic maze of textures was created by this flow as it advanced to the southeast, approximately a mile from Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
Sulfur laden steam rising from this deep crack in a lava tube’s surface, leaves a mineral deposit on the downwind side of the fracture.
Hot, shimmering toes of pahoehoe move across ropey braids formed by a recent flow just east of Pu‘u ‘O‘o.
The trailing edge of a fresh breakout form growing extensions of cooled crust, while the surface of the molten river wrinkles as it flows, creating a unique abstract of textures when viewed from above.
Multiple streams of lava flow down a steep slope about a mile east of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and advances southeastward.
The cooled, textured surface of a narrow stream of molten lava snakes down a steep slope.
Pahoehoe flows into an opening of a tube, transporting the molten lava to the leading edge of the breakout.
A swollen vein channels lava down a steep slope, as this breakout advances to the southeast.