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Throwback Thursday: Eyjafjallajökull

March 26th, 2010 looking west

Today, this image turns 10. You can see how red the sky is. That’s a result of the series of eruptions of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland, which started on March 20th. The huge amount of volcanic ashed blasted in the sky during the eruptions forced the aviation to pause for a couple of weeks. The impact was worldwide in the northern hemisphere because of the enormous power of the eruption which brought the ashes to the upper layers of the atmosphere where it could be spread quickly by the jetstreams.

while prop airliners are quite resistant to these ashes, jet engines are at risk to get broken because of the ashes might melt inside the jet engine and dispose of the movable parts of the engine and glaze them over. When this happens the engine is broken and the plane is about to crash.

Btw. when looking at certain paintings by William Turner starting from around 1821 you can notice a very reddish sky. Now it seems, this wasn’t artificial freedom but reality affected by the series of eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull from 1821-1823.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: everything is wet

Let’s stay a bit longer at the Fairy pools. Do you remember the big rock in the water? We had quite bad weather when we were there. After each image, the front lens needed to be dried and cleaned because of the rain. Another side effect of the rain was, there was a lot of water in the river.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: watching the water rushing by

Let’s stay a bit longer at the Fairy pools. We had quite bad weather when we were there. After each image, the front lens needed to be dried and cleaned because of the rain. Another side effect of the rain was, there was a lot of water in the river.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: watching the water rushing by

 

Full frame, 110 mm, ISO 50, f22, 3s

Let’s stay a bit longer at the Fairy pools. We had quite bad weather when we were there. After each image, the front lens needed to be dried and cleaned because of the rain. Another side effect of the rain was, there was a lot of water in the river.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: at the Fairy pools


This area is called Fairy pools. It’s not far from the parking ground, but it’s only a very steep path leading you down from the parking ground to the river. Next, you have to climb uphill beside the rivers to reach the part which is called fairy pools because of the many basins where the water is much calmer than in the other parts. To be honest, I can’t imagine anyone would be brave enough to enter the water.

Exact one year later, a few friends of mine also came here for taking photos from the rushing water and the waterfalls, but, only a little water was in the river and amazingly some people took a bath in some of the pools 😳.

In the next image, you can have a look back to see, the path. In the center of the image, you can see a bright spot. That’s a white caravan parking in the parking ground. According to my friends, now you have to pay a fee. When we were there, the parking was free.

The whole trip from the parking ground down to the river, up to the uppermost waterfall and back lasted about 2,5 hours. While the path from the parking ground down to the river was steep but graveled. The path along the river uphill was only a trail. The trail itself was connected to the graveled path by this nice bridge.

 

After the uppermost waterfall, the river runs in a couple of beds and not a single one. You can jump over at least some of them, but the scene is less interesting compared to the part you’ve already seen when reaching the last waterfall. To give you an additional motivation to turn back at this point, the government has set up a (small) sign advising you to turn back because at that point the wilderness begins, which might be quite dangerous for you.

Take care!