Geothermal steam
Geothermal steam billowing up from below the ground at Olkaria, near Lake Naivasha, in the rift valley; late 1970s.

The eastern side of the African continent is breaking up along cracks that are visible as the rift valley.  As the crust of the Earth splits apart, hot material from deeper within the Earth wells upwards to fill the cracks and, in some places, reaches the Earth’s surface to erupt as volcanoes, which spew out lava (liquid rock) and ash (rock blown apart by volcanic explosions).  Volcanic eruptions in Kenya have occurred as recently as the nineteenth century (i.e., in geological terms, yesterday), and there are active volcanoes in central Africa, in Rwanda.

Where such recent volcanism has occurred, there are still extremely hot rocks not far below the surface of the ground, and water percolating down to these can re-emerge above ground as geothermal steam, as shown here.  Kenya is now utilising this environmentally very clean resource to generate electricity.

OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2 starting at the High Structure Smooth preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to KENYA 69 – GEOTHERMAL STEAM (MONO)

  1. Always right in the face of danger! 😉
    Looks scary, but somehow you make it art.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sallyann says:

    Does it smell?


  3. SUPERB!!! Powerful shot! Remids me of the geysirs in Iceland, which are a wonder to behold!


  4. paula graham says:

    Amazing place, amazing photo, so well processed as well, making it truly mysterious.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. andybeel says:

    Hi Adrian wow, certainly moody and full of atmosphere. Thanks Andy


  6. sheldonk2014 says:

    Great picture shot , what the environment provides is not usually what we accept. This Is why most times it’s over looked. Most simplistic is the most complex. Just because it rains doesn’t mean you should drink. A bottle water in hand means you never have to turn a faucet on.I’m with you and I’m also guilty.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I think we’re all guilty, Sheldon, and I suspect that nothing meaningful is going to be done about the way we are degrading the environment until we are absolutely have no other choice – by which time it will be too late. Thanks for your thoughts. Adrian


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