-- Will Rodgers
Well, not so ... at least not on the Island of Hawaii, the largest of the eight main islands in this chain, where Kilauea volcano has been erupting steadily for more than 25 years. It is not, I hasten to add, a violent eruption. Rather, the volcano has been steadily pumping out molten lava which flows down its flanks, eventually ending up in the sea, as in the photo. In the process, almost 600 acres (230 hectares) of new land has been created.
Here on Maui, we've had several days of almost no breeze, so there is a haze in the air. Most of it is very fine ash -- we call it vog -- coming from Kilauea, which is about 100 miles away.
I've lived here for more than 45 years, but still find these islands endlessly fascinating.
(Photo by Bob Bangerter from today's Maui News)