I absolutely love minimalist landscape shots with many receding layers and this image of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa in morning light is definitely my favourite of this type that I’ve taken. It was taken from just north of Waikoloa one summer morning. I had seen the shot the previous day but been unable to stop but, after spending that whole day kicking myself for missing the opportunity, I was delighted to find that the light was similar the next morning and that morning I did pull the car over and get the camera out.
Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on the planet in terms of volume but is actually slightly lower than the other main volcano on Big Island, Mauna Kea. The volcano is not currently erupting (only Kilauea has active vents as I write this) but it is still considered active with the last major eruption having occurred in 1984.
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