Eyes are on Hawaii's Big Island these days, where lava is flowing into the ocean for the first time in three years. Local folk and travelers alike are hiking in for miles along a treacherous approach — or viewing by helicopter, or boat — to see the awesome spectacle within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here are 14 photos that show off the dazzling drama.
1. Lava Meets Ocean
It's magical, isn't it?
2. Goddess Pele
Props to this gorgeous hula queen.
3. Smile Afire
Coincidence? Maybe. But this volcano seems like a happy one.
4. Night Sky Magic
The sight of the blaze against the stars is absolutely breathtaking.
5. Surreal and Steamy
Where there's smoke (and steam), there's fire, right?
6. Getting Too Close?
Thank you to all of the folks who got near enough to bring us these photos. Respect.
7. Lava Rocks
It's all a part of the process.
8. The Volcano's Beauty
It's an undeniably stunning show.
9. Silhouette Glow
Daily dose of zen.
10. Earth Formation
And this is how it happens — this is how earth-stuff is made. Neat, right?
11. Meeting Point
It's an intense combination.
12. Melting and Molding
It's awesome in the most literal sense of the word.
13. Always Burning
14. Advice From a Volcano
Brilliant philosophy, if you ask us.
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