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Volcanoes: the monuments to earth's origin

by Yan Zhang 

A volcanic mountain is of a very special geological feature – it has an opening in the earth’s crust from which molten lava, rock fragments, ashes, dust, and gases are ejected from below the earth’s surface, when it erupts.

For a long time, volcanoes and volcanic mountains have been interesting subjects for many photographers, because these mountains often show a powerful force of nature when they are erupting, illustrate some perfect symmetric cone shape on the top when they are in silence, and are visible from a very far distance. All these features consist of special attractive elements from a photographic perspective.

Since I started my photography journey in New Zealand, I have noted that New Zealand is a country with many active volcanoes even at this time. In 2012, during my first photography trip in North Island of New Zealand, I was originally planning to undertake a long hike across Mount Tongariro, but this plan was eventually aborted due to an eruption of this active volcano mountain. After that trip, I have had a desire to take photographs of New Zealand volcanic mountains. This plan was finally fulfilled in 2015 when I undertook a backpack trip with my daughter to Mount Taranaki..

1X has been a rich source of volcano images taken by most talented photographers. I made this impressive images published on 1X over the years. I hope you'll enjoy these beautiful volcanoes or volcanic mountains – either in erupting or silent from all over the world.


"Tengger Caldera, Indonesia" by Adrian Rohnfelder



"Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland" by Skarphedinn Thrainsson



"Klyuchevskoy volcano, Russia" by Denis Budkov



"Java, Indonesia" by Karsten Wrobel



"El Médano, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain" by Iván Macia



"Tolbachinsky, Russia" by Barathieu Gabriel



"Volcanoes Tolbachik and Udina, Russia" by Denis Budkov



"Volcano Fuego, Guatemala" by Adrian Rohnfelder



"Mount Taranaki, New Zealand" by Yan Zhang


"Fimmvörouháls, Iceland" by Raymond Hoffmann



"Kljuchevsky, Russia" by Denis Budkov



"Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland" by Sharphedinn Thrainsson



"Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala" by Boris Godfroid



"Mount Bromo, Indonesia" by Rifky Setya



"Mount Fuji, Japan" by Takashi



"Island of Tanna, Vanuatu" by Karsten Wrobel



"Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland" by Sharphedinn Thrainsson



"Mount St Helens, Washington, USA" by Miles Morgan



"Mount Bromo, Indonesia" by Sebastian Kisworo



"Volcano Etna, Italy" by Giuseppe Torre



"Volcano Etna, Italy" by Marco Calandra


Fantastic images, thanks to Yan and Yvette !!!
Thanks, Thierry. All honor goes to the owners of the shots and to Yan who made this great list.
Great selection!
Many thanks, Marcel!
Wonderful selection of images! :-)
Thank you, Edith!
Just beautiful shots!
Thanks Ralf! Yan made a fantastic compilation, indeed!