Watch A Can of Coke Being Engulfed By Lava

Hawaii based lava photographer, Bryan Lowry, has put together an utterly mesmerizing video compilation of Coke cans being slowly engulfed by lava. The entire time I was waiting for the Coca-Cola can to explode in all of its sugary water glory. Instead, it sputtered out small streams of Coke before being forever lost to the steaming magma. Cool.

 

Hawaiian Monk Seal Spotting at Kaena Point

On the last Saturday of 2013, Joel and I decided to hike down to Kaena Point. For details about Kaena Point, do check out this post here (from the west) and this post here (from the north). Besides just taking macro photography, we also decided to do some seal spotting. The best place to do so? Kaena Point, of course. Below you will find a few photos that we took of Monachus schauinslandi, better known as the Hawaiian Monk Seal.

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Exploring Ha‘akulamanu Via The Sulphur Banks Trail

The Sulphur Banks Trail is a short, easy hike, that is accessible just down the road from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center. This would be the final hike that Michelle and I would do during our stay at the park. The trail is in an area known as Haakulamanu, which means gathering place for birds, and is filled with steaming rocks and vibrant mineral deposits. Years ago, native Hawaiian species like the nene and kolea, would flock to Haakulamanu, likely attracted to the underlying thermal field on which the sulphur banks exist.

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Testing Out The Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Lens At Kaena Point

I recently got my hands on the new Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens, designed specifically for the iPhone 5 and 5s. I decided to head out to Kaena Point, the westernmost location on the island of Oahu, to test out the new gadget. The clip-on device features three levels of magnification, 7X, 14X, and 21X. For the shots below, I used either 14X of 21X lens. To use the 7X lens, you simply unscrew the 14X lens on top of it. For a device that retails at $69.95, I was rather impressed by the results. In comparison, a good macro lens for a DSLR could set you back hundreds of dollars. If you want to get your feet wet in macro photography, then the Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 is a great place to start.

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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2014

Shooting the sunset on the first day of the new year has become somewhat of a tradition. The tradition has been around for almost as long as Exploration: Hawaii has been online. In 2012, Joel, Ryan, and I went to world famous Waimea Bay to watch the waves and the surfers riding them. In 2013, Michelle and I drove out to Waianae. Heavy rains kept us away from Kaena Point, but, we did find an empty beach just on the side of Farrington Highway. This year, we decided to end the first day of the new year at Ko Olina’s Lagoon 1, located just next to the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa. The first sunset of 2014 was a wonderful sight. Here’s to hoping that everyone has a prosperous year filled with adventure and exploration.

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