Exploring the elements at volcanic sites: Earth| Water| Fire| Air
It is amazing what volcanoes can do to the earth. It can change the lay of the land. It can create vast stretches of ‘devastated’ areas and it can give rise to really handsome looking landforms. It can petrify trees and carve out beds for lakes. I’m filled with awe every time I visit volcanic sites.
It is fascinating to see geo-thermal energy heat up underground water and throw it up into the surface of the earth, sometimes to great heights. Here are pictures of a Geyser in Napa, California and a Mud Pot in Mineral, California.
If you look at the Mud Pot carefully, you can see some bubbles. And that is proof that the water in the puddle is boiling hot. Both, the geyser and Mud Pot let out a lot of steam into the air but I have another entry for ‘Air.’
This is a picture from Kilauea in Hawaii. It was an experience of a kind — watching one of the most active volcanoes spew hot volcanic gas into the air. And it was my first volcano tour, so you can imagine how exciting it must have been to be at the many volcanic sites at Volcanoes National Park in Big Island, HI.
Fire – Hot liquid fire
The next picture is that of a painting of ‘Pele’ that I happened to see while I was visiting Jaggar museum on Crater Rim Drive in Volcanoes National Park, HI. I was so allured by it . I stood looking at it for awhile and I decided I just had to bring back a picture of it; just to admire it every now and then.
Let me also tell you that volcanoes are looked at with fear and reverence in Hawaii, which has had a long history with Volcanoes.
One of the most dramatic spirits of the Hawaiian pantheon is Pele, goddess of volcanoes. Ancient traditions about her reveal an impetuous, lusty nature, at times gentle and loving but always jealous and unpredictable, capable of sudden fury and great violence.
– Herb Kane, Artist, Historian, Author.