The real life Mordor: Incredible images of one of the world's most active volcanoes resemble a scene from Lord Of The RingsDramatic: Pictures show a volcano erupting in the India Ocean amid scenes resembling the treacherous mountain ranges of Mordor in Lord of the Rings
Resemblance: The pictures are similar to the brooding skies above Mount Doom (pictured) in the film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. The volcano, in Mordor, is the ultimate destination for Frodo's 'Quest of the Ring' in the story.
Stunning images show lava from Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French Island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean
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Explosion: The stunning images show red-hot lava shooting out of the volcano, sending sparks flying and lighting up the sky with a red glow over the French island of Reunion
Up close: Daring photographer Luc Perrot took the photos at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano one of the most active volcanoes in the world
Fiery: The intrepid photographer took the stunning pictures in 2015 when the volcano erupted four times - in May, September, October and December
Light show: The photographer often visits the volcanic range and captured these stunning pictures on four different occasions
The 47-year-old said it was 'really exciting when we get close to the volcano' but conceded that 'the feeling of danger is never far away'
The mission to capture these images was dangerous and the team had to be mindful of cold temperatures at night because they were up to 2,500 metres up
Spectacular: Luc Perrot described his job as being a 'paradise for photographers' - but warned such operations were not without danger
Danger zone: Perrot occasionally had to wear a gas mask because of toxic gases filling the air during the dramatic eruptions
Calm before the storm: Although conditions were clear during many of his shoots the weather is capable of changing dramatically
A powerful eruption blasts red-hot lava from the volcano in another of Luc Perrot's stunning collection of photographs from 2015
Brooding: Toxic smoke drifts across the volcanic landscape as red-hot lava bubbles at the surface in another stunning image
Too close for comfort: Luc Perrot had to get close to the action to capture some of his most spectacular photographs
Safe distance: Other pictures were taken miles from the crater - but they show the scale of the explosions erupting from the volcano
Brave photographer Luc Perrot
These spectacular pictures show a volcano erupting in the India Ocean amid scenes resembling the fiery landscape of Mordor in Lord of the Rings.
The stunning images show red-hot lava shooting out of the volcano, sending sparks flying and lighting up the sky with a red glow over the French island of Reunion.
Daring photographer Luc Perrot took the photos at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In 2015 it erupted four times - in May, September, October and December.
The 47-year-old photographer revealed he visits the volcano regularly and was lucky enough to capture all four eruptions on camera.
He said: 'It is really exciting when we get close to the volcano - the feeling of danger is never far away.
'Standing so close to the volcano, feeling the live earth under our feet, is incredible - I feel so privileged to be present at such a spectacle of nature.
'I love photography, and a volcanic eruption is an amazing gift - I photograph whatever nature wants to offer me.
'Sometimes the body goes into survival mode unintentionally - safety is paramount, and there are lots of potential dangers.
'It is dangerous - the Piton de la Fournaise is between 2,000 and 2,500 metres altitude, and even in the tropics it can get very cold that high up.
'The weather changes very quickly so it is easy to lose yourself.
'During an eruption there are often toxic gases, so a gas mask is highly recommended, and the land near the site is often unstable with many traps and crevices - it is never safe from an explosion.
'Despite the risks, I really enjoy the show - it's paradise for a photographer.'
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