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Volcano shadow in Hawaii

Mountains cast shadows, of course, but it’s not often we get this perspective on one. Thank you, Stephen Green of Imaginscape Photography!

View larger. | Shadow of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, via Imaginescape Photography.  Visit Imaginescape Photography on Facebook.

View larger. | Shadow of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, via Imaginscape Photography. Visit Imaginscape Photography on Facebook.

The shadow of Mauna Kea – a dormant volcano and the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii – cast by the rising sun. Just to the right, Haleakala – a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian island of Maui – is rising out of the clouds. Because of its height above sea level, Mauna Kea is the site of many astronomical observatories. In the foreground are the Subaru Telescope, the twin Keck Telescopes and the NASA Infrared Telescope. Photo taken December 29, 2014 by Imaginescape Photography.

Mauna Kea, by the way, stands 13,803 feet (4,207 meters) above sea level.

Deborah Byrd

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