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Close views of the spectacular lava bubbles continuously breaking through the lake surface. All photos (unless otherwise stated) were taken by a 500mm telephoto mirror lens using a digital camera (equivalent focal length of 750mm on 24x36mm film). The images taken with this lens cover about 25 m in height, showing extraordinary detail in the bubbles.
26 Jan 2006, from the S rim, f=135mm. The lake is partly hidden by the second terrace, 270 m below the rim.
26 Jan 2006, from the campsite 50 m East of the previous location. Small bubble erupting in the lake.
A gigantic bubble explodes on the lake's N shoreline, spray the inner crater with lava clots.
The same fountain continues to agitate the lake, and lava filaments are ejected on the upper-left.
27 Jan 2006, from Belvedere (W rim). Bubbles bursting from the lake and jetting liquid lava on the E shoreline.
A gas bubble suddenly rises from the lake, dragging its surface up and forming, for a split-second, a chimney-like structure.
The same fountain continues to burst on the E lake shoreline: note the splashes on the right.
As minutes pass, the fountain shifts its strongest activity towards the right of the image.
26 Jan 2006 from the campsite. A bubble close to the W lake shore breaks through the partially solidified, dark skin.
Lava splashes on the North lake shore, while gas is ejected violently towards the right.
Sudden burst of gas drags yellow glowing lava into the air. Thick steam masks the image at right.
At the end of a fountain (usually lasting about ten minutes), the lake still bubbles before re-forming its black skin.