This photo is one of a series that I took during an expedition to a large chain of volcanic islands that separate the Sea of Okhotsk from the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Please see the corresponding Gallery for detailed information on the archipelago and to see the other photos from the series.
You have definitely captured a moment here.
There were two moments I was trying to capture. The other is harder to see but it is the black "sand" on the beach which was formed from the erosion of the black lava rocks. Lave, by nature, is very porous from the many air pockets formed when it cools, and the black lava sand has a quite unique texture. It's almost like small pieces of dense styrofoam, and it's crunchy when you walk on it but also stains your shoes (or feet) with a blackness that is nearly impossible to wash off!!
I had never heard of Lave creating a sand of sorts - although of course it makes perfect sense. You have enlightened me. Thankyou.
Lovely nature capture!