Greetings from Volcano Village, Big Island of Hawaii!
Walking through the forest yesterday, we arrived at a special spot near the crater, the site of a relatively recent lava flow. A place of stark contrast, smooth lava patterns mixed in with explosive, random shapes and structures with razor sharp edges and rough, abrasive, skin-cutting surfaces.
In this place, incredibly hot lava flowed amongst the trees, cooling around the tree trunks, burning and totally destroying the trees themselves, while leaving behind these volcanic molds - lava castings that memorialize the death and passing of these previous life forms:
Amidst the stark volcanic rock formations, new trees are now growing, vibrantly alive and blossoming. I feel tremendous awe as I witness the power of the Earth, destroying and then re-creating herself anew.
Happy Solstice to you all!