looping around the Kilauea caldera @ Big Island-Hawaii…

via the Crater Rim drive… Kilauea is a currently active shield volcano with a large crater, typically formed by a major eruption, leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano; its name means “spewing” or “much spreading” in the Hawaiian language, referring to its frequent outpouring of lava. The present eruption started in 1983, and when I was there for the first time in 2000, it produced slow-moving lava with no threat for visitors, but… these past years all the areas around have been closed, and the rangers explained WHY: because of some irresponsible people who would dangerously approach the boiling crater!!!

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entourée des orchidées qui poussent sur les champs de lave et le long des routes, j’ai constaté qu’elles n’avaient jamais approché des tournesols… je me suis demandée si elles se souvenaient de notre première rencontre, et elles ont lentement hoché leurs pétales fatigués par les fumerolles, en conservant leur silence… mais ce qui était le plus frappant, c’est qu’elles recherchaient la chaleur du volcan incandescent avec un soupir gracieux… au fait, la Grande Île est également surnommée “L’île des orchidées”! 🙂
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surrounded by the orchids that grow over the lava fields and along the roads, I noticed they’d never approached sunflowers… I wondered if they had recalled our first encounter, and they slowly nodded with their petals, tired of the fumaroles, preserving their silence… but what was most striking, they still looked for the warmth of the glowing volcano with such a graceful sob… btw, Big Island is also nicknamed “orchid island”! 🙂

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Posted on 28 September 2017, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Beauty and natural power ~ all within the Hawaiian Islands, I love the place and these pictures bring back such wonderful memories for me. Paradise ~

  2. We were on the big island during a major lava flow. We went down to the ocean at night so we could see the hot lava glowing in the dark, but couldn’t get very near – the heat coming through the bottom of our shoes was very unpleasant, even far away!

  3. Cette végétation d’orchidée est tout simplement merveilleuse, Mélanie!

    • yana plusieurs espèces d’orchidées dont certaines endémiques, d’où le surnom “l’île aux orchidées”… 🙂 et en plus, pas de moustiques, pas de reptiles – le paradis, quoi! 🙂

  4. I had no idea that was the world’s largest, active volcano. Thank you for sharing, Melanie!

  5. I never cease to be amazed at the stupidty of the few, and I never cease to be exasperated at how those few can effect the experience of the masses. However, your photos do show that it is still possible to experience the seminal nature of standing on a volcano. And the orchids – so pretty yet so resilient… like someone else I know who also understands the beauty of melting into her landscape! 🙂

    • same here, Osyth for the borderless stupidity, hélas…
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      I’d planned to meet you there, as you’d let me hope a few months ago, but…

      • But USCIS are still stalling on my Green Card. It is depressing to be honest. I feel like public enemy number one… hey ho. These things are sent to test us and I refuse to bow to them and become a different person… smile and spread love, that’s the way! xxx

        • even though I can’t figure out your choice or imagine your decision which I respect, of course, I do admire your patience to live so far-away from your beloved one, for at our age, both time and patience are running really short… 😉
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          I totally agree with Matthieu Ricard @ my Fb-page:”We are frequently at crossroads, and it’s up to us to choose the direction to take!” – QED… 🙂

          • It’s not my choice nor his. It is, as my stepson days, ‘A Perfect Storm’… I would like to write the story, but am scared of offending the officials who hold my life in their hands. I certainly need no reminders that time is running short. None.

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