Mother nature smiles back through the mouth of an active volcano
Kīlauea is an active shield volcano in Hawaii. It is the most active of five which make up the island. During a flyover by with Paradise Helicopters, documentary maker Mick Kalber captured what can only be described as a giant smiley. It appears that nature is not without a sense of humour.
The volcano is somewhere between 300,000 and 600,000 years old. It emerged above sea level around 100,000 years ago. Its name literally means “spewing” in the Hawaiian language, referring to its frequent outpouring of lava. As a result of this spewing, the sight disappeared a few moments later.
Despite the smiley not lasting long, volcanoes are always beautiful to watch. As long as you’re not running away from them, that is. Fortunately, for those of us that happen live nowhere near them, there are people like Mick to record them for us.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.