Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lava, Lava, Lava & More Lava

Well, this will be my last post of photographs from Hawaii.  It has taken me a while to choose from so many landscape photos of the lava fields.  I am absolutely fascinated by the fact that lava flows are everywhere, and they can be so different in their appearance.  It depends on what type of lava is involved.  Some flow like molasses, and other kinds are kind of chunky and they move along the ground as well when they are hot, and when they cool, they are hard as rock.

There are older, gray colored flows, now covered in some places with newer, darker flows.

This is lava in a vertical wall, and it looks gooey, and it is easy to see almost human shapes in the forms.  I cannot imagine how this was formed on a vertical wall!

This is another area of older and newer lava flows, and in the distance you can see vegetation that is growing on the lava.  

This is a completely different type of lava and I have no idea what caused it to form like this.  There is hope for me, however.  I have just purchased "The Roadside Geology of Hawaii" and plan to start reading it to understand these landscapes better.

And here is one of the more liquid lavas, which formed wrinkles as it flowed and cooled.  So now it is time for me to get back to work, and to try and find photographs back here at home.  I do have a few photographs that I have already done, that I know you will love.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hooray For Lava Fields!

I have been outside most of the night learning to use a new telescope that was donated to our club.  We will be loaning the scope to a high school student who will be working on a science project for the next two years.  So I just came in from outside and it is after 1 AM.  I had picked this photograph to go with another post on lava fields, but I am desperate for a post, so I can get to bed!  I do love this photograph of Amy & Liz celebrating that they are seeing lava fields, I think.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Didn't Get to See the Submarine!

USS Bowfin is a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII.  Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942, exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor., and when I was 6 months old!  We didn't have a lot of time to spend at the Pearl Harbor Museum so I only got to see this submarine from shore.  They do have tours of the sub but that was not to be on this trip.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More Lava

So many different landscapes on the different islands of Hawaii.  This is an area where black lava flowed all the way to the ocean.  Next to this area is a black sand beach which is also amazing to see.

On the way to the black sand beach, we stopped to look at a lava field, and I saw this.  I was first drawn to this scene because of the light colored grasses.  Then I saw the small opening in this lava flow.  Not sure if this is a miniature lava tube that is nearly filled up.  It is interesting in any case.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


One of my first posts from Hawaii, was of a giant lava tube that you could walk through, it was so large.  This is a view of some ferns growing out of a small, fractured lava tube in a huge lava field.  The black behind the ferns is the dark interior of the lava tube.  These tubes can run for long distances, and in some places, when the tubes have cooled, the lava fractures and you can see into the tubes.  But what I love about this photograph is the sense of rebirth - that these ferns can grow on lava that to the eye looks completely inhospitable to any plants at all.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Beautiful Pacific

I know, I know...  You are most likely tired of my continuing posts from Hawaii.  You are probably thinking "when is he going to stop beating this to death?"  Good point.  After the scenery we saw there, it is hard to come home and get excited about all the familiar scenes in our neighborhood.  Anyhow, I am nearing the end.  This is a really nice view of the beach outside our hotel, and of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  What a joy to wake up every day and see this outside the window.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Tears of the Arizona

The USS Arizona sank on December 7, 1941 and all her fuel talks were filled with oil as she went to the bottom.  Because there are still the remains of more than 1000 servicemen still within the wreck, there has been no attempt made to recover the oil.  Each day a small amount of oil leaks from the hull and can be seen as a colorful sheen on the surface of Pearl Harbor.  This is called "the tears of the Arizona."  The National Park Service systematically monitors the wreck to make sure there is no risk of larger oil spills from the ship.