Dark Plume Sunrise





During the 2018 eruption on the Big Island, I would drive down to the lava cliffs with my watercolors to catch and paint the sunrise. While I watched sun rise over the horizon, a large laze cloud would also rise and drift overhead from the lava ocean entry over eight miles away. No two days were the same. The laze cloud shifted shape with the changing winds, while the colors of the clouds and ocean shifted dramatically each moment as the sun rose higher in the sky.