April 2008 UPDATE PHOTOS
I apologize for the lengthy delay between updates,
but life took a turn away from the volcano
once the park superintendent closed the area around the Lae'apuki for almost a year.
Hurricane Katrina came ashore shortly after my last update, and I spent a year and a half assisting in the effort
to rescue, rehome, and reunite animals that evacuees were forced to leave behind in the Gulf region.
That experience kind of fried my psyche for a while, and I took the next year staying off the internet
and planting fruit trees and numerous species of bamboo around the homestead.
Anyhoo, as you may have heard Kilauea has been up to all sorts of unprecedented activity
and so we resume our normally scheduled programming...
After a delay of ~26 years, Halema'uma'u
has a rosy glow once again,
and for the first time since 1924 the summit has hosted an explosion.
In fact there have been 3 in the last month, the last of which I was able to witness.
Unfortunately it wasn't a photogenic moment , but I hope the following moments
do qualify in that regard...
And now a few from the coast near Kalapana, mostly
skylights in the lava tube system.
The only entity more paranoid than the Park about liability issues is the County of Hawai'i,
so I won't be down there much as things stand now.
Fortunately, a couple of my Ranger friends invited me into the closed area on a mission
to retrieve some equipment for the USGS folks from HVO and I got these shots...
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