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Mayon Volcano 2018 eruption

I’ve been fascinated with Earth Science for the entirety of my adult’ish life.  Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes have continually piqued my interest, not for the death and destruction, but the raw power of planet earth and how mother nature is a bad ass bitch.

I set off to explore the world’s volcanoes with the hopes that I’d get to see some action in relatively unknown niche tourism segment called disaster tourism.

Destination: The horseshoe shaped Ring of Fire surrounding the pacific ocean that stretches from the USA to Japan and south to Australia. This area lays claim to 92% of the world’s largest eruptions over the past 11,000 years.

The goal: Get up close with the world’s volcanoes and photograph the raw beauty of this planet.

The December 2019 eruption of New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island volcano highlights how dangerous Disaster Tourism can be. Even a sleeping volcano can abruptly (and violently) awaken with deadly results.

Let me be very clear – Each and every volcano in any state (Active, dormant or extinct) poses a threat to human exploration. Safety is always your responsibility. My exploration of these amazing destinations has resulted in stunning photography that showcases the unique beauty of each of these volcanoes.

All of these destinations should be explored at your own risk. I chose strategic safety with measured risk — either from quick paths of evacuation or from a distance using high power zoom lenses.