Photographer Q.T. Luong has created a volcanic time-lapse video of Hawaii's Big Island, and it's nothing short of amazing.
Luong, who has photographed all 59 U.S. national parks, calls the video a "sea-to-summit" project, the majority of which he completed in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. "One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature I've witnessed is lava flowing to the ocean as clouds of steam rise from the meeting of fire and water," Luong writes on his website.
Though he had to fight wind, rain, and freezing temperatures to capture the activity of the Halemaumau Crater in the Kilauea volcano, which is among the world's most active volcanoes, the resulting video is definitely worth it. As a bonus, the Milky way glimmers beautifully in the background.
Check out the incredible video below. --Meghan DeMaria