Incredible pictures taken just a yard from erupting volcano by photographer who was forced to flee to avoid being hit by lava

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  • Miles Morgan trekked as close to the crater as possible to take the pictures
  • The ground was so hot that the photographer burned his feet on the shoot
  • Admitted that he does not tell his family the risks he takes until he is home

Most of us would turn and run when faced with an erupting volcano.

But one intrepid photographer has trekked right up to a molten lava spewing crater in search of the perfect shot.

Miles Morgan was just one metre away from the source of the eruptions when he took some of these incredible images of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

Photographer Miles Morgan captures the Lava flow from the Kilauea VolcanoPhotographer Miles Morgan captures the Lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano

 

The 42-year-old – who burned his feet while taking the shots, said: ‘On this outing we were able to access the beach, which made for some dramatic photography, but came with a surprise.

‘I wasn’t too concerned as some bigger waves started to crash onto the beach area. But the water rushed in above my knees, it was scalding hot.’

Lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano enters the sea south of Kalapana in Big Island, HawaiiLava flow from the Kilauea Volcano enters the sea south of Kalapana in Big Island, Hawaii

 

The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years.

But Mr Morgan was determined to get as close as possible for his shots.

He added: “At times, it was possible to get right up to the flow itself if the wind was blowing the plume away from us.

The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years
The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years

Mr Morgan tries to get as close as possible to capture his shots, but admits that he doesn’t tell his family until he gets back from his adventures

 

The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years
The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years

The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and has been erupting constantly for the last 20 years

 

‘The closest I got was probably about one metre, which required me to run away each time a wave hit the lava in case there was an explosion.’

Mr Morgan, from Portland, Oregon, USA, was not injured while taking his images but admits another photographer was lost and is thought to have been killed just a week before he took these shots.

Taking the amazing up-close photos of a raging volcano left Mr Morgan with burned feetTaking the amazing up-close photos of a raging volcano left Mr Morgan with burned feet

 

Miles Morgan was just one metre away from the source of the irruptions when he took some of these incredible imagesMiles Morgan was just one metre away from the source of the irruptions when he took some of these incredible images

 

Mr Morgan trekked right up to the crater to get the best possible images of the active volcano as it spewed its molten lavaMr Morgan trekked right up to the crater to get the best possible images of the active volcano as it spewed its molten lava

 

He said:’The most probable cause would be that a portion of the lava bench that builds out over the sea collapsed while he was on it.’

The photographer, who also works as an airline pilot, said his wife supported his adventures, but admits he usually hides his expeditions from other family until afterwards.

He added: ‘Things change every second, so timing the shots and the waves is a constant battle.

‘The most important challenge, was not allowing yourself to become so hypnotised by the lava that you lose sight of the very real and ever-present dangers that surround you

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