Nyiragongo Volcano Expedition

Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic

A cooking tent belonging to expedition scientists glows in the twilight on the rim of the Nyiragongo volcano—one of the most active in the world—in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

See pictures from the April 2011 feature story "The Volcano Next Door."

What Made This a Photo of the Day

I have chosen several images from the National Geographic story about the Nyiragongo volcano to run as Photo of the Day, but this one has the added interest of providing a glimpse not only of the volcano but also of the expedition camped out at its edge. I'm also drawn to the clean geometric shape of the tent juxtaposed with the rugged edge of the vibrantly colored lava glowing behind the plumes of smoke.—Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor