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April 22, 2010

Astonishing pix from Eyjafjallajokull

Is it possible to see too many pictures of this eruption in Iceland? If you think so, click on the link to the photo gallery assembled by  I guarantee you will be captivated and scroll Iceland volcanothrough the entire collection.

Sure, the volcanic eruption closed airports and air routes. And millions of people had to spend an extra week in Paris (poor dears), or slum around on the EuroStar train when they'd planned to jet home.

But the real eruption was in the boiling ash clouds and lightning-laced air above Iceland, or in the pastures where Icelandic ponies tried to graze, and farmers shoveled ash off their roofs and worried their farms would be devastated.

Be thankful you live on a calm, stable, coastal plain, where the only real worries are a couple of feet of snow now and then.

(AP PHOTO/Carolyn Kaster/ Icelandic farmer hauls reluctant sheep from field contaminated by ash)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:50 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Cool pictures


Wow. It looks like footage from "The Lord of the Rings".

I don't ever want to hear anybody complaining about Baltimore weather again.

The waterfall in 8 is Skogafoss, which is right between Eyjafjallajokull and Katla. I was there for a week +, and did a tour of the islands volcanoes. Alas nothing was erupting then. It's also interesting that Alaska has quite a few eruptions each year, but because of it's remote location and not interfering with all of Europe's air traffic, it doesn't get the press that this one did, and this is a small eruption compared to some.

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