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Renewal From the Ruins
Photograph by Frans Lanting

Taking root in cracks and crevices, a young 'ohi'a tree ekes out life where lava has paved over the land. In Hawaiian legend, this plant and its crimson lehua blossoms are said to be lovers cursed by the goddess Pele, who, in a jealous rage, transformed them to live as shrub and flower. The 'ohi'a, like the ferns peeking up behind it, is a pioneer, one of the first plants to make a comeback on the island's frozen lava plains.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fuji Velvia 50
Lens: Fixed wide angle
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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