Hawaii is a young country and it’s still growing every day. It is born of volcanoes. Glowing lava oozes out of the earth and solidifies into the ground that you walk on. Evidence of Hawaii’s violent birth is all around you. Clinking cinders in the garden path, jagged, inky rocks on every beach, dramatic black sand that on closer inspection is half black, half green olivine, barren, dark chocolate volcanic slopes on the horizon, buildings created from monumental black lava stone walls.
Black lava is everywhere in Hawaii, but there is always white to contrast with the black. Crashing foam as Hawaii’s famous surf hits the shore, white coral sand, fluffy white clouds in the hot blue sky and the plumes of sulphurous gas that belch out of the volcano Kiluea’s fiery depths. Black and white. Nature’s pretty good at the whole drama thing.
The theme for this week’s Gallery at Sticky Fingers is Black and White. I thought this was rather appropriate.