June 26, 2015

Kalapana, Hawaii

Photograph by Jason Matias

"I stood atop this crack with my legs spread three feet wide and waited over 40 minutes for sunset light," says Jason Matias, who submitted this shot of a lava field in Kalapana, Hawaii, to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. "I didn't want anyone to take my spot if they happened by."

Kalapana was covered by a Kīlauea Volcano eruption in 1990—and the lava keeps coming. "No way I wanted to leave this place," Matias says. "The lava on the upper left and the right side of this image was not there when I claimed my perch."

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. See others like it and enter your own best shots >>

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