Over the course of my career as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, I took thousands of slides documenting volcanic activity. Since retirement, my involvement with photography has evolved from using it as a tool for my job to pursuing it as an art form. At first I wasn’t sure that I could find anything as interesting as lava to photograph, but as it turns out, that hasn’t been a problem.

For 28 years, I lived at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, just outside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawai‘i. In addition to being the home of two active volcanoes, the park is one of the places where several endangered and threatened species of birds are making their last stand. I hope that people who enjoy the bird photographs will do what they can to support conservation efforts in Hawai‘i. Check the ‘Links’ page for more information.

In 2012, I returned to the Pacific Northwest and settled on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

Photo by Asta Miklius