Volcano and the Setting Moon

By: Takma Lherminier


Reunion Island, France

2016 September 12


From the photographer: "Piton de la Fournaise is a shield volcano on the eastern side of Réunion island (French department) in the Indian Ocean. It is currently one of the most active volcanoes in the world, along with Kīlauea in the Hawaiian Islands (Pacific Ocean), Stromboli, Etna (Italy) and Mount Erebus in Antarctica. The most recent eruption began on 26 May 2016. The volcano is located within Réunion National Park, a World Heritage site. Piton de la Fournaise is often known locally as le Volcan (The Volcano); it is a major tourist attraction on Réunion island. On september 11 2016 Piton de la Fournaise woke up again. This time the eruption is taking place at the northern side of the volcano. This means that it is visible from the Pas de Bellecombe, conveniently accessible by car so everyone can enjoy the show! To get a better view, one can walk around 40 minutes to the Piton Partage, staying outside of the 8km wide caldera. Weather changes quickly at the volcano and temperatures drop around 2°C at night so one has to be prepared. Luckily that night there was almost no wind and the night stayed clear. From time to time some clouds crawled inside the caldera but didn't stay long. This particular image is a 10 shot panorama where the eruption is on the left side, partially covered by a sea of clouds. Piton de la Fournaise is on the center, lit by the setting moon (bright point on the right side of the picture)
Technical Details: Nikon D750, Nikon 20mm 1.8G at f2.8, 1s exposure. 10 vertical shots stitched to create a panorama."
Takma Lherminier

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