There is a sheer beauty that comes with seeing lava. There have only been a few times in my life where I have actually been awestruck with the magnitude and power of the natural world - seeing a boiling and bubbling lake of molten rock has to top the list. The colors, the smells, the amazing power of silence as a crowd does nothing more than take in the sight and attempt to capture the moment on cameras that are worth more than I make in a month.
It is one of those moments where the power of silence says more than any accolades could or would.
I first had the opportunity to take an open-door flight over the the active lava crater about a year ago and was utterly impressed with the power and amazing show from a few hundred feet up.
This experience, however beautiful, was no preparation for seeing the lava slowly filling the crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While I have seen videos that were shot near Pahoa, Hawaii during the recent lava flow, this was a thing of pure beauty.
Truly unlike anything I have ever seen before. If you ever have the chance and great timing to safely see an active force of nature, you would be a fool to miss out on creating that new life experience.