April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015

Corazón del Fuego

Photograph by Andrew Shepard, National Geographic Your Shot

Wanting to get a closer look at Fuego, a highly active volcano in Guatemala, Your Shot member Andrew Shepard hiked the adjacent Acatenango Volcano and camped near the summit. “Under the moonlight I set my tripod up just outside the tent, and at around 1:30 a.m. we awoke to the rumbling of the ground and the sound of a breath-stealing explosion,” Shepard writes. “I scrambled to the camera just in time [to] capture a moonlit and lava-covered Fuego as it put on this beautiful display of activity and power."

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Suzanne Barnes
Suzanne Barnes

Oh man, that is a *breathtakingly beautiful* shot!  I'm fascinated by volcanos myself; I climbed Mt. Kuju in Japan a few years ago, but sadly was unable to get close to the active bits due to sulfuric acid fumes.  I've also been up Aso-yama, but none of my photos came out nearly as lovely as this one.  Thanks for sharing with us!

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