We spent the remainder of the afternoon staring at the lake of lava, taking pictures and video, and acquiring data for its temperature and variability over time. The conditions were challenging - it was very windy, fairly cold, and the rim of the crater was difficult to approach in a way that allowed us to gaze directly down into the lake. We found some comfortable locations and managed to get lots of good data. As night fell, I stayed with the mountaineers, Pepe, Makoto and Clayton, and watched the sun go down and the lake illuminate the vast steam cloud emerging from it. One shot I got was of Jupiter - and Io and its lava lakes - and the Marum steam cloud illuminated by its lava lake. I slept so cozily, though restlessly - at the edge of the mouth into the middle of Earth. The next morning, I said goodbye to the Brazilian crew and Brad and Geoff of the Kiwi group and headed down the mountain.
Giant compilation videos can be found here
Lava lake video 1
Lava lake video 2
Lava lake video 3
Lava lake video 4
Lava lake (you can hear the lake, not just the wind!)video 5
All pics are below.