Photographer and explorer, Andrew Hara, may have taken the coolest “selfie” I’ve ever seen. He was able to gain access to the edge of the Helemaumau crater while volunteering for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From Andrew:
“I cautiously hiked through a restricted area of the park with a fellow United States Geological Survey geologist with a camera, tripod, and respirator to filter hazardous gasses.”
The rest is history. By adding himself to the landscape, Andrew gave the volcano a truly awe-inspiring perspective.
Do not try to attempt this at home. In fact, the Crater Rim Drive from Jaggar Museum to the Chain of Craters Road junction is currently closed due to elevated levels of sulfur dioxide gas and the subsequent eruption from a new vent in Halema‘uma‘u Crater.