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 Boston.com I guarantee you will be captivated and scroll through 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)