Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth Week in Photos: Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

With my vacation officially over I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things - work, home, blogging, more work. Over the next few weeks we're working on getting our home ready for our little girl who is due at the end of June. The trip was amazing - beyond the fact that it was so relaxing, it was great for my husband and I to spend time together and really enjoy some quiet time.

I didn't shoot as many images as I normally do on vacation but I will definitely be sharing them here over the next couple of weeks. This week though, in honor of Earth Day (it's the 40th anniversary!), I've scouted some great photos and projoects from around the web to share.

Unless you live under a rock you've heard of the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland. As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world (including my in-laws who had a wonderful trip to France planned but had to cancel), some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans. Some restricted airspace is now beginning to open up and some limited flights are being allowed now as airlines are pushing for the ability to judge safety conditions for themselves. The volcano continues to rumble and hurl ash skyward, if at a slightly diminished rate now, as the dispersing ash plume has dropped closer to the ground, and the World Health Organization has issued a health warning to Europeans with respiratory conditions. Collected here from one of my favorite photo blogs, The Big Picture, are some images from Iceland over the past few days.

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Certain text via The Big Picture. All photos via The Big Picture and copyright individual photographers listed there.

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5 comments:

MaryVican said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing those photos. While health & safety are of course the first concern, it's a real bummer when you save up all year for a trip and it gets ruined.

Kimi said...

It is amazing how beautiful and completely terrifying the world can be all at the same time! Thanks for sharing.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Those pictures are insane!!! Aaww tho about getting ready for June. =)

bigBANG studio said...

STUNNING. The shot of the masked men trying to round up the terrified cattle is so haunting and apocalyptic. What a fabulous round-up of shots. Thank you!

The Lil Bee said...

These are so amazing. It's crazy how this has affected so many people, and yet it's a pretty remote location. The top photo is crazy!