Halema’uma’u Caldera: A Reflection on Beauty and Power

The Halema’uma’u Caldera

This image is of  the  Halema’uma’u Caldera which forms part of the Kīlauea active volcano  in Volcano National Parks on Big Island Hawaii. Often referred to as a crater, it is in fact a caldera which is formed by the inner collapse of a volcano (whereas a crater is formed by an outer  explosion of rocks from a volcano).  Kīlauea and the Halemaʻumaʻu caldera are considered by some to be the sacred home of the volcano goddess Pele.

This particular photograph was taken by fellow alakai Graeme Kapono Urlich on an evening visit to the site in 2014 and is one of many great photographs that he has taken.  Taking a photo like this can take some skill and perseverence as there can be flahsed and lights from other people visiting the viewing spot at night.

Reflecting on beauty, inspiration and power

Visiting the Volcanoes National Park, and marvelling at the sheer power of an active volcano is an awesome experience. After sunset the shapes and colours at the caldera are amazing.  For me, images like this conjour up notions of the force of nature, the power of lava and the energy of fire and much much more.  I will deliberately not say any more as I would encourage you to discover what this image conjours up for you personally.

Of course, images take us beyond the day to day language of words. Certain images can inspire us and move us at a deep level. This image of the Halema’uma’u Caldera provides an opportunity to practice ‘nalu’ a useful contemplation technique. In its simplest form this involves taking some time to look at the image, tuning in and noticing what you notice. Stop when you feel satisfied that it is the right time to stop. If you want to share your experiences I would love to hear from you.

I am looking for inspirational images for the Huna Adventurer’s newsletter so if you would like to contribute please contact me at: pete@urbanhuna.org. If requested contributors will be credited.

Many thanks to Graeme for contributing this amazing photograph. More of his images can be seen on the Avalon Images Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/avalonimages/?view_public_for=687005368024655

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