Amazing

By Mike Jones


A photographer didn’t quite find his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but instead found a ‘hose of lava’.

Andrew Studer, 22, from Portland, Oregon, captured the stunning scene after a visit to the Hawaii Volcano National Park, in Hawaii County.

He said: “I was stood about half a mile or so from the actual lava.

PIC BY Andrew Studer / CATERS NEWS

“I was there visiting the island for a couple days with my friends Michael Shainblum and CJ Kale to photograph the somewhat rare event.

“We ended up getting so lucky when two rainbows formed during sunrise directly over the fire hose.”

“In the photos, you can see lava falling into the ocean from the cliff after traveling inside an underground tube.

“As the lava makes an impact with the ocean, it hardens and turns into lava rock.

“The force of that change created massive explosions that would propel freshly-formed lava rock high into the air every couple seconds. It was unreal.”

PIC BY Andrew Studer / CATERS NEWS

After starting out at 3.30pm in the morning the team of three hiked to the viewing area and first saw the scene as a glow on the horizon.

He said: “As we hiked closer, we began to hear the roaring of the firehose and see just how massive it was.

“Through photography, I’ve been fortunate enough to see so many incredible natural phenomenon’s including the Northern Lights and Total Solar Eclipse.

“Seeing the firehose with a double rainbow above was such a special moment that I feel so lucky to have witnessed!

“It definitely ranks as one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. “