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Old Apr 20, 2010, 3:03 PM   #1
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Default Eyjafjällajökull - the volcano on Iceland and its ashes over Norway.

- You try and pronounce that name of the volcano....

Eyjafjällajökull (translated: Eyja = Island, fjälla = mountain, jökull = glacier) is the name of that volcano on Iceland of which erruptions have literally paralized civil aviation in the whole of Europe for almost a week now.

When the first seriouse erruption occurred on April 14th and the dominant wind-direction was so that the immense clouds of vulcanic ashes wher carried by the wind for hundres, even thousands of miles eastwards, towards Scandinavia, the Norwegian Aviation Outhorities issued an ash-cloud warning, with more or less detailed maps of where the clouds of ash-concentrations might pass across Southern Norway.

It just so happened that the forecast was predicting the biggest concentration to strike my area towards the evening of April 15th.

Needless to say, both my son-in-law Alasdair and I got ready to photograph this event. We drove off to a place by the sea with rather high cliff-faces facing west. After halve an hour of climbing ther cliffs, we set up our tripods on top. Al with his Nikon D90 and me with my Lumix G1. I wished that Alasdair would post his shots too, because he is shooting in RAW and has a lot better details to show.




# 1 - Just after we got there and while it was still rather light. The high and white Cirrus-clouds (I think) and the morer substantial Cumulus-clouds right at the horizon are just the 'normal' cloud-picture. The ash-cloud seem to be in between the normal clouds, looking like brownish-gray elongated sweeps, mooving faster than the others.







# 2 - A little later, and the sun was meeting denser clouds and the color turned more yellow than red.




# 3 - Look the devil in the eye!
In this panorama, one can clearly see the ashes blowing along, from left to right in thick layers. Also the 'shield' of ashes was so dense, blocking the sun's light, that I could shoot straigt into the sun, without blowing the highlites completly.



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Old Apr 20, 2010, 3:36 PM   #2
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All three images are stunning, Walter you can make any camera do amazing things!

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These are breathtaking scenes! Mother Nature must have known you were coming and put on her best show .
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- You try and pronounce that name of the volcano....

Eyjafjällajökull (translated: Eyja = Island, fjälla = mountain, jökull = glacier) is the name of that volcano on Iceland of which erruptions have literally paralized civil aviation in the whole of Europe for almost a week now.

When the first seriouse erruption occurred on April 14th and the dominant wind-direction was so that the immense clouds of vulcanic ashes wher carried by the wind for hundres, even thousands of miles eastwards, towards Scandinavia, the Norwegian Aviation Outhorities issued an ash-cloud warning, with more or less detailed maps of where the clouds of ash-concentrations might pass across Southern Norway.

It just so happened that the forecast was predicting the biggest concentration to strike my area towards the evening of April 15th.

Needless to say, both my son-in-law Alasdair and I got ready to photograph this event. We drove off to a place by the sea with rather high cliff-faces facing west. After halve an hour of climbing ther cliffs, we set up our tripods on top. Al with his Nikon D90 and me with my Lumix G1.

# 1 - Just after we got there and while it was still rather light:

# 2 - A little later, and the sun was meeting denser clouds and the color turned more yellow than red.

# 3 - Look the devil into the eye!
In this panorama, one can clearly see the ashes blowing along, from left to right in thick layers. Also the 'shield' of ashes was so dense, blocking the sun's light, that I could shoot straigt into the sun, without blowing the highlites completly.

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Beautiful pictures, Walter, really beautiful. Generally it's a sad thing that you'll never know how for example sunsets looked before the industrial era with all the air contamination

Pronounciation is e y a f j a t t l a j ö k u t t l

the e as in "eat"

ey as in "hey"

the other a letters open as in the "a" the doctor wants you to say when inspecting the back of your tongue for throat infections

the ö as in "turn" but with more closed lips

the u as in the sound when you get a fist in solar plexus

There is an international, scientific fonetic alfabeth. Unfortunately the letters are not on the keyboard

(Ancient nordic languages is one of my fields)

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that 3rd shot is spectacular... i'd be framing that one for my wall if i'd taken it!
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these are gorgeous walter, you captured the aftermath of nature's fury perfectly. #3 is my pick as well, stunning.
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Very nice Walter. The ash clouds to make for some awesome shots.

that volcano has grounded couple of flights all through Europe, and it will make me extend my Florida vacation.
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Walter, all stunning images and have to agree that #3 is my favorite too! As disruptive as it has been, it is one of nature's wonders and you have preserved it for ever through your photography!

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These are so stunning Walter - nice to see some amazing shots of the ashes, here in Austria you couldn't see anything at all. Yesterday and today most of the airports opened again - maybe everything's getting normal in a few days? You never know...

#3 is absolutely breathtaking!!
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All three images are stunning, Walter you can make any camera do amazing things!
Thanks for the faith in me, Bob...I did have som help from mother nature and this volcano, though! :^)





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These are breathtaking scenes! Mother Nature must have known you were coming and put on her best show.
Thank you, vvcarpio. Yes both nature and the ash-cloud warning maps did have a vital role her!
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