lava waterfall


Waterfall cutting through eroded lava flows, Kamchatka

The beautiful Aldeyjarfoss waterfall. A little bit out of the beaten track at the beginning of the north-east highlands but very much worth the visit. It has symmetrical features and geologically interesting surrounds. 

Tumbling through a narrow passage into a wide basin, the concertinaed black basalt columns provide a stark contrast against the thrashing white foam, making it oft considered one of Iceland’s photographic gems

For a short time in February – if the conditions are perfect – Horsetail Fall at Yosemite National Park in California looks like lava falling down the side of El Capitan. Visitors flock to the park every year to see this phenomenon, which happens when sunset hits the waterfall at just the right angle, illuminating the water in brilliant reds and oranges. It’s a spectacular sight reminiscent of Yosemite’s historic Firefall! Photo from February 13 courtesy of Jason Shaw.


Sometimes the best way to appreciate a flow is standing still. In “Hawaii - The Pace of Formation” filmmakers explore how the Big Island is constantly changing, from fresh lava flows to towering waterfalls. Much of the footage presented is timelapse, which gives viewers a different perspective on familiar subjects; it highlights the similarities between clouds and the ocean, and it reminds us that a lava flow and the syrup flowing down a stack of pancakes have a lot in common. To me, this is one of the most beautiful parts of fluid dynamics: physics of flows on different length-scales and time-scales – even in different fluids – are still very much the same. (Video credit: A. Mendez et al.)


Water falls over cliffs of volcanic rock, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, oregon


Yosemite waterfall looks like it’s on fire

If you visit Yosemite at the right time in February and stay at the park till just before sunset, you’ll see something you may not believe is real. Yosemite’s El Capitan, an awe-inspiring 3,000-foot vertical wall has a giant waterfall flowing from its side called the Horsetail Fall. Under the exact right circumstances,  it looks like flowing lava.

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“Hawaii - The Pace of Formation” is a window into the creation of an island. The Kilauea Volcano’s continued flow of lava into the ocean is one of the few places in the world to provide a front row seat of an island’s formation. The Big Island is literally changing before your eyes. This vast island contains 8 out of 13 different climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems, making the Big Island one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. To showcase its diversity, we wanted to slow things down and let its beauty speak for itself. Enjoy!
Visit all the locations in this video for yourself in this unique 8k 360 video experience:
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of this adventure:
Filmed by
Aaron Mendez
Brian Hawkins
Chaz Curry
Matt Givot
Thank you to our lava guides for making this possible and keeping us safe.
John Tarson - Epic Lava
Warren Fintz - Eppix Adventures
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Filming Locations
Kamokuna lava ocean entry in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Rainbow Falls, Hilo
Mauna Kea Observatory
Waipio Valley
South Point
Pololu Valley
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens
Nahiwa Point


OMG, it’s a 360 degree camera video traveling across the lava fields at Kilauea and up the slopes of Mauna Kea. I might like these.


I’m in the process of reviving my art blog, so I thought I’d repost these pictures I did with a new ruby based one that I forgot to post (I’m still working on sapphire).

As usual, feel free to use these as icons and such, but don’t claim as your own or anything.

Half-assed waterfall braid to show the Electric Lava peeking through. 

 Most days, I hate that it requires 1500 hours and some thousands of dollars to receive cosmetology certification. I also hate that there are no schools for such that are near me with hours past a regular 9-5 job. My passions conflict. I wish proof of ability meant more than a piece of paper.

On another note, thank you for all the purple love yesterday. <3 I’m going to go try curling it today, so maybe there will be pictures of that soon. 

Manic Panic Deep Purple Dream
Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink
Manic Panic Electric Lava