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Home of the Thunder God by Eliasome Home of the Thunder God by Eliasome
The indigenous Aynu people regarded this volcanic island as the sacred Home of the Thunder God.  While this island is not large enough for permanent settlements, the seafaring Aynu tribes from the larger islands of this volcanic archipelago made a treacherous pilgrimage to this island every summer.  It is speculated that this pilgrimage was meant as a way to appease the God who was likely associated with thunder not only because of the similar noise that volcanoes make during explosive eruptions, but also because of the ground shaking and rumbling noises made by the numerous, strong earthquakes that occur frequently throughout the archipelago.  What's more, the strongest of these earthquakes often trigger volcanic eruptions which, in turn, would reinforce a positive correlation between these events. 

There are four (4) lava domes located within this caldera; the two in the foreground are relatively brand new, having formed within the past 250 years.  The whitish area along the caldera shoreline (center left) is a cluster of strong fumaroles (volcanic gas vents) and hot springs; the steam and gasses associated with this activity can be seen rising upwards.  The caldera bay floor, which is only 30-40 m deep, has numerous locations of underwater volcanic activity (as witnessed by divers), and one can often see areas of gas bubbles on the water's surface.
 


More info about this volcano can be found here (from the Global Volcanism Program website): Usasyr

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. 
 
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SalilSSahani Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Photographer
Beautiful Image :)!!!
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015   Photographer
Thank you very much!!
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deathhead13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Photographer
very nice shoot
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   Photographer
Thank you very much!!
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deathhead13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
np, great work
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Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Photographer
Wow! What an amazing view. And those vibrant greens are just amazing! :faint:
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Photographer
Thanks you kindly! :) (Smile)  That's a very inspiring and spiritual place, full of wonder.
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Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   Photographer
I can imagine that! :nod:
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chevyhax Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A really amazing place looks very mystic . I love the Green color of the grass in your photo
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Photographer
It truly is a very mystical place, so wonderfully unusual in many ways.  There is something about the volcanic minerals in the soil that really makes the grasses a vibrant green color.
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!Clap
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for your comment!
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   Photographer
Thank you so very much for entering my photo in your contest! :) (Smile)
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :aww:
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JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Writer
An interesting photo, both educationally and aesthetically. Thanks for sharing.
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Photographer
Thanks you kindly! :) (Smile) 
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JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   Writer
Any time my friend.
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SATTISH Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :)
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Photographer
Thank you!
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Oxyvia Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2015
Wow! Where is it?
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Photographer
Thank you!  Please see the corresponding Gallery for detailed information on the archipelago and to see the other photos from the series. 
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Oxyvia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
OK, I'll try. :D I not very well speak English. But thank you for answer.
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Unkopierbar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015   Photographer
I saw the thumbnail and I knew it was your photo, Keith! :D It's really amazing how green the grass looks and the abscence of trees or bushes makes the archipelago a somewhat strange but unique place. Thanks for sharing, I'm really glad to see this facet of nature. :)
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for your wonderful comment, Julian!  It's funny that you knew it was my photo right away! :) (Smile)  I'm also starting to associate various styles and subject matter with various people.  I'm happy you like the photo and the different facets of nature that this particular series of photos represents.  Yes, the absence of trees and bushes is somewhat unusual, but the northern islands (like this one) of the archipelago experience extreme winters and so they are close to being typical tundra habitat.  The southern islands in the chain, however, have full-fledged forests and tall bushes. :D (Big Grin)   Eventually I will post photos from those islands. 
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Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
That looks absolutely dreamy, love the bright dark green in contrast with the water
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for your lovely comment!  Yes, that place is rather dreamy -- there's just something almost magical about it. :) (Smile) 
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