Blast Fur­nace

Alexan­dre Hec, France

NPhoto - - Contributors -

When the golden lava flow from Ki­lauea on Hawaii’s Big Is­land pe­ri­od­i­cally en­ters the ocean, the sight is spec­tac­u­lar. Ki­lauea – mean­ing ‘much spread­ing’ – is one of the world’s most ac­tive vol­ca­noes, and has been in con­stant erup­tion since 1983.

As red-hot lava reach­ing tem­per­a­tures of more than 1000 de­grees Cel­sius (1832 de­grees Faren­heit) flows into the sea, vast plumes of steam hiss up, con­dens­ing to pro­duce salty, acidic mist or rain.

Alexan­dre wit­nessed the ac­tion one day and de­cided to re­turn in an in­flat­able boat the fol­low­ing evening. There he found that a new crater had al­ready formed close to the shore. Cap­tur­ing the fu­ri­ous ac­tion in a rough sea was no easy task. From 100 me­tres (328 feet) away, he was blasted with heat and noise “like a jet tak­ing off,” he says.

In a mo­ment of clear vis­i­bil­ity his per­se­ver­ance paid off, with a dra­matic im­age of glow­ing lava being tossed 30 me­tres (98 feet) into the air. Nikon D300, Nikon 70–200mm f/2.8 lens, 1/350 sec, f/4, ISO800

© Alexan­dre Hec / Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.