Kamchatka, land of volcanoes and colors: impressions Sep 2019 - part 3: Tolbachik

Some impressions taken during our recent Kamchatka expedition in Sep 2019: visit of Tolbachik volcano from the south during 13-14 Sep 2019, during a rare window of exceptionally clear weather, with visibility over hundreds of kilometers.
Go to: Part 1: Karymsky, Mutnovsky and Gorely | Part 2: Tolbachik to Shiveluch | Part 4: Avachinsky & Koryaksky
Kozyrevsk village on a beautiful September morning (13 Sep 2019) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Kozyrevsk village on a beautiful September morning (13 Sep 2019) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(109 visti)
The northern group of volcanoes (Ushkovsky, Klyuchevskoy, Kamen and Bezymianny, l-r) seen from the south. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The northern group of volcanoes (Ushkovsky, Klyuchevskoy, Kamen and Bezymianny, l-r) seen from the s... [info]
(202 visti)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(125 visti)
Ushkovsky volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ushkovsky volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(83 visti)
Steaming Bezymianny (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steaming Bezymianny (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(65 visti)
Ostry Tolbachik volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ostry Tolbachik volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(194 visti)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes behind the forest line (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes behind the forest line (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(142 visti)
To reach the plateau of Tolbachik's southern rift zone, a 3-4 hour long drive through forest is needed. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
To reach the plateau of Tolbachik's southern rift zone, a 3-4 hour long drive through forest is need... [info]
(93 visti)
Autumn colors in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Autumn colors in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(115 visti)
Lower parts of the forest are dominated by birch trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lower parts of the forest are dominated by birch trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(104 visti)
Higher up, larch trees take over. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Higher up, larch trees take over. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(96 visti)
About one hour to go, the cone of Ostry Tolbachik becomes sometimes visible from the road. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
About one hour to go, the cone of Ostry Tolbachik becomes sometimes visible from the road. (Photo: T... [info]
(93 visti)
Ostry and Plosky Tolbachik ("pointed" and "flat") seen when reaching the vast lapilli fields on the southern rift zone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ostry and Plosky Tolbachik ("pointed" and "flat") seen when reaching the vast lapilli fields on the ... [info]
(111 visti)
Ostry Tolbachik is the remnant of an older steep-sides stratovolcano, which has collapsed some 6500 years ago towards the south. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ostry Tolbachik is the remnant of an older steep-sides stratovolcano, which has collapsed some 6500 ... [info]
(100 visti)
The currently active Plosky Tolbachik volcano has a flat, 3 km wide summit caldera with an inner crater, which contained an active lava lake until the eruption in the 1940s. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The currently active Plosky Tolbachik volcano has a flat, 3 km wide summit caldera with an inner cra... [info]
(107 visti)
View of nearby Udina stratovolcano to the east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of nearby Udina stratovolcano to the east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(108 visti)
Approaching the upper parts of the rift zone where camp is located behind the cinder cones in the foreground. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Approaching the upper parts of the rift zone where camp is located behind the cinder cones in the fo... [info]
(102 visti)
View towards the Eastern (coastal) range. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the Eastern (coastal) range. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(87 visti)
Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(104 visti)
To the SE, the perfect cone of Kronotzky volcano and still steaming Kizimen volcano are visible in the distance. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
To the SE, the perfect cone of Kronotzky volcano and still steaming Kizimen volcano are visible in t... [info]
(78 visti)
We set up our tents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We set up our tents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(101 visti)
Tolbachik camp site; the bad weather during the previous weeks has left the first snow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tolbachik camp site; the bad weather during the previous weeks has left the first snow. (Photo: Tom ... [info]
(112 visti)
Our charming cook Aliona (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our charming cook Aliona (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(101 visti)
Clear weather continues in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Clear weather continues in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(87 visti)
After a quick lunch, we move down the rift zone to approach the cones of the Great Tolbachik eruption from 1975-76. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After a quick lunch, we move down the rift zone to approach the cones of the Great Tolbachik eruptio... [info]
(78 visti)
kamchatka_k25038.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
kamchatka_k25038.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(92 visti)
Looking back towards Tolbachik with one of the numerous ciner cones in teh foreground. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Looking back towards Tolbachik with one of the numerous ciner cones in teh foreground. (Photo: Tom P... [info]
(101 visti)
Tundra colors (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tundra colors (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(81 visti)
Reaching the rim of the enormous, 300 m high, uppermost cone of the 1975-76 eruption, where one of the large lava flows started. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Reaching the rim of the enormous, 300 m high, uppermost cone of the 1975-76 eruption, where one of t... [info]
(84 visti)
The cinders on this cone are all oxidized and often altered, showing many colors enhanced in the low evening light, (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The cinders on this cone are all oxidized and often altered, showing many colors enhanced in the low... [info]
(76 visti)
View to the NE over the vast rift zone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View to the NE over the vast rift zone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(99 visti)
One of the most marvelous volcanic panoramas in the world! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
One of the most marvelous volcanic panoramas in the world! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(106 visti)
Ostry Tolbachik, Plosky Tolbachik, and Zimina volcanoes with cinder cones in the foreground. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ostry Tolbachik, Plosky Tolbachik, and Zimina volcanoes with cinder cones in the foreground. (Photo:... [info]
(117 visti)
A row of cinder cones from another flank eruption is located just north of our viewpoint. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A row of cinder cones from another flank eruption is located just north of our viewpoint. (Photo: To... [info]
(134 visti)
Evening view of the distant Eastern Range. With binoculars, the coast line of the Pacific is also visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening view of the distant Eastern Range. With binoculars, the coast line of the Pacific is also vi... [info]
(89 visti)
Kronotzky and Kizimen volcanoes in the evening. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Kronotzky and Kizimen volcanoes in the evening. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(93 visti)
Udina volcano in the last sunlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Udina volcano in the last sunlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(92 visti)
Cinder cones hit by setting sun. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Cinder cones hit by setting sun. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(96 visti)
Another cinder cone higher up on the rift is painted red by the last sunlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Another cinder cone higher up on the rift is painted red by the last sunlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(108 visti)
Sunset view of Tolbachik and Zimina volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunset view of Tolbachik and Zimina volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(102 visti)
Zimina (l) and Udina (r) volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Zimina (l) and Udina (r) volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(102 visti)
Pink clouds at sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pink clouds at sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(75 visti)
Last sunlight on the peak of Plosky Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last sunlight on the peak of Plosky Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(89 visti)
Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(163 visti)
Tolbachik at sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tolbachik at sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(75 visti)
Last picture of Tolbachik, Zimina and Udina volcanoes in the blue hour (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last picture of Tolbachik, Zimina and Udina volcanoes in the blue hour (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(80 visti)
Deep yellow, orange and purple colors at the western horizon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Deep yellow, orange and purple colors at the western horizon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(80 visti)
Nightfall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Nightfall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(69 visti)
Lava bombs (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava bombs (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(75 visti)
Curiously shaped lava bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Curiously shaped lava bomb (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(66 visti)
Walking on the side of an old cinder cone along the lava flow of the 2012-13 eruption towards the eruption site (upper left). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Walking on the side of an old cinder cone along the lava flow of the 2012-13 eruption towards the er... [info]
(71 visti)
Some of the lava flow is ropy pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Some of the lava flow is ropy pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(77 visti)
Collapsed lava pond (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Collapsed lava pond (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(73 visti)
Dark, glassy pahoehoe lava intruded the gaps of oxidized 'a'a lava blocks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dark, glassy pahoehoe lava intruded the gaps of oxidized 'a'a lava blocks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(69 visti)
The main eastern lava flow branch with Udina volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The main eastern lava flow branch with Udina volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(65 visti)
An older cinder cone in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An older cinder cone in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(64 visti)
Collapsed roof of a lava tunnel (2012-13 eruption) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Collapsed roof of a lava tunnel (2012-13 eruption) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(80 visti)
The 2012-13 lava flow and Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The 2012-13 lava flow and Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(66 visti)
Hiking along the side of the 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Hiking along the side of the 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(74 visti)
Ropy pahoehoe lava and Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ropy pahoehoe lava and Udina volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(135 visti)
Small kipuka (patch of old ground spared by the lava flow, literally meaning "island" in Hawaiian language) on the western lava flow field of the 2012-13 eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small kipuka (patch of old ground spared by the lava flow, literally meaning "island" in Hawaiian la... [info]
(62 visti)
kamchatka_k25199.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
kamchatka_k25199.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(61 visti)
Edge of the lava flow field with Tolbachik in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Edge of the lava flow field with Tolbachik in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(57 visti)
View of Tolbachik from the forest road (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of Tolbachik from the forest road (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(57 visti)
The access road follows the margin of the 2012-13 lava flow, visible in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The access road follows the margin of the 2012-13 lava flow, visible in the background. (Photo: Tom ... [info]
(60 visti)
Larch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Larch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(57 visti)
Forest colors (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Forest colors (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(64 visti)
Forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(53 visti)
Autumn in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Autumn in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(49 visti)
Birch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Birch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(47 visti)
Edge of the 2012-13 lava flow cutting into the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Edge of the 2012-13 lava flow cutting into the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(51 visti)
Margin of the 2012-13 lava flow with Tolbachik volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Margin of the 2012-13 lava flow with Tolbachik volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(65 visti)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(51 visti)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow, with Ushkovsky volcano in the far background to the left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow, with Ushkovsky volcano in the far background... [info]
(69 visti)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Tolbachik from the vast 2012-13 lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(45 visti)
Break in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Break in the forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(70 visti)
Birch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Birch forest (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(53 visti)
Forest plants (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Forest plants (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(44 visti)
View from the river valley towards the volcanic group (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from the river valley towards the volcanic group (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(66 visti)
Ushkovsky volcano behind trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ushkovsky volcano behind trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(44 visti)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(82 visti)
Tolbachik volcano behind trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tolbachik volcano behind trees (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(57 visti)
Sunset over the northern group of volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunset over the northern group of volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(66 visti)
Sunset over Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunset over Tolbachik (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(60 visti)
Last sun-rays hitting Kamen volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last sun-rays hitting Kamen volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(53 visti)
Last sun-rays hitting Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last sun-rays hitting Klyuchevskoy and Kamen volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(59 visti)
Last sun-rays hitting Ushkovsky volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last sun-rays hitting Ushkovsky volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(49 visti)
Sunset panorama with Ushkovsky, Klyuchevskoy, Kamen, and Bezymianny volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunset panorama with Ushkovsky, Klyuchevskoy, Kamen, and Bezymianny volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(63 visti)
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