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The lava heron, also known as the Galápagos heron, is a species of heron endemic to the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. These small herons live and nest along the lava rock coastlines, saltwater lagoons, and mangrove forests. They appear to be common on the Galapagos Islands, but population sizes are currently unknown.

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Setting sun on the lava beds at Sunset Crater, which blew apart 1,000 years ago.

Captured on my journey through Iceland.

A little sunset shot from the summer. Great textures on the water like lava flows. Great day and a great place. Contact me for prints of any of my works.

Believe it of not this is that same location as the previous posting with totally different moods!

Lava field of a recent eruption of the Kīlauea volcano (Hawaii island).

Raspberries' cave (Grotta dei Lamponi), on Northern Etna (1762 aslm), is one of the longest scroll galleries of Mt. Etna and one of the most fascinating and "educational" as well.


Same place, same friend

In the background from left to right are South Sister, Broken Top and hidden behind the trees is Mt Bachelor.


Lava Lake lies in the Cascade Range about 25 miles (40 km) west-southwest of Bend in Oregon. It is a close neighbor of Little Lava Lake, from which it is separated by solidified lava. Lava Lake is at an elevation of 4,740 feet (1,440 m) in the Deschutes National Forest. The lake covers 368 acres (149 ha) to an average depth of 20 feet (6.1 m).


Lava Lake, Little Lava Lake, and other nearby lakes were formed after lava flows from Mount Bachelor altered drainage patterns in the area. Solidified lava flows are visible along the shorelines of both lakes, and the volcanic peaks Broken Top and South Sister can be seen to the north.

Volcano Etna. May 30, 2019.

Fire from the earth - lava. I'll have more to say about Fire and French scientist and polymath Blaise Pascal on Easter Saturday. So no more here.


Obviously all volcanic activity in Tasmania became extinct millions of years ago. But I was particularly struck by the appearance of this reflection. It is at one level the mere reflection of the LED lights from the She Oak Point Lighthouse in a small puddle of water on the black stony beach.


But you have to agree, it does look an awful lot like lava coming up from the depths of the earth. So what really is this image?

Isla Plaza Sur, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador


The lava gull, also known as the dusky gull, is a medium-sized gull and a member of the "hooded gull" group. It is most closely related to the Laughing gull and Franklin's gull and is the rarest gull in the world. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands.


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Lava flows are colonized by lava cactus, such as these examples at Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Lava Falls Overlook


Grand Canyon National Park


Lava trees are formed when tree trunks are engulfed and incinerated by lava. The resulting tree molds often preserve the original surface texture of the tree. This beautiful specimen is in the Eastern Rift Zone of Kilauea on the island of Hawaii.


Thanks, as always, for stopping by and for all of your kind comments -- I appreciate them all. We are back in San Francisco and will catch up over the next few days.


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A slice of Idaho's amazing Crater's of the Moon National Monument on a foggy day.


"The Monument and Preserve encompass three major lava fields and about 400 square miles (1,000 km2) of sagebrush steppe grasslands to cover a total area of 1,117 square miles (2,893 km2). The Monument alone covers 53,571 acres (21,679 ha). All three lava fields lie along the Great Rift of Idaho, with some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including the deepest known on Earth at 800 feet (240 m). There are excellent examples of almost every variety of basaltic lava, as well as tree molds (cavities left by lava-incinerated trees), lava tubes (a type of cave), and many other volcanic features."



I was passing thru on this day but hope to return to explore much further. I was enthralled with the textures, uniqueness and variety over such a large area. A crazy cool place. But perhaps not in the middle of summer.


Thanks for taking a look!

Teide NP



My version of a lava lamp.

Picture taken near to Laguna de Janubio, Lanzarote, Canary islands, Spain.


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Ready to poke this lava blob with the stick at the bottom of the picture after a 6 mile hike one way, to the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano at the Volcanoes National Park in the Big Island of Hawaii.

Pāhoehoe (on the left) is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust.


ʻAʻā (on the right) is basaltic lava characterized by a rough or rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinker. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface.


The Hawaiian words were introduced as technical terms in geology by Clarence Dutton, who was head of the division of volcanic geology at the United States Geological Survey in the 1880's.


I can confirm from personal experience that it is quite easy to walk on pāhoehoe, but the loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an ʻaʻā flow makes hiking difficult, slow and very hard on both feet and shoes.


I hope your week ahead has more pāhoehoe than ʻaʻā. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and for all of your kind comments -- I appreciate them all.


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Floreana, Galapagos Islands


The Galapagos subspecies of the Striated Heron is commonly called the Lava Heron due to its dark plumage that camouflages it against the sharp lava rocks that coat the shoreline of the islands. This individual had no fear of humans whatsoever.

Impressive lava field located near Cedar Breaks.

More playing with water.

Cactus in snow canyon. Double Trouble framed.

Lava fields and petrified sandunes make for a geologic wonderland. Snow canyon, Utah!

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