Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Island of Hawaii's Steam Heat

Even on a sunny day the Steaming Bluffs at the Kilauea Caldera add a wispy special effect to the fern forest at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Add a little overcast or moonlight to the day and would-be thriller directors can shoot a movie on the cheap.

A trail hugs the rim of the crater and reaches the Jaggar Museum, about a half-mile distant. From the museum is a point-blank view of the towering plume of noxious gas that has been billowing since 2008 at from Halemaumau Crater, a smaller caldera within Kilauea.