Sometimes Mother Nature takes your breath away – and makes you smile.
The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii looks like it is smiling and it is little wonder.
For the first time since 2013, one of Kilauea’s lava flows this week reached the Pacific Ocean – producing spectacular scenes as the red-hot lava cascaded off cliffs on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Lava from the volcano, located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, began erupting in late May and has been continuously moving on a six-mile journey toward the coast.
Authorities have said the lava poses no threat to any towns, but have cautioned tourists to keep their distance. Despite the warning, people have approached the flow, to take pictures and watch the spectacle.