Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lunar Landing


No I haven’t landed on the moon. This amazing landscape is taken at the foot of Mt Tavurvur. The ground is littered with centimeters of pumice stone pebbles and boulders which have been shot out of the volcano. Under the pumice are metres of ash which have buried the airstrip, golf course and many businesses.

The sea is boiling and the rocks covered in minerals. Very surreal - it certainly makes you feel small and vulnerable.

This link shows you the same view taken in October last year by Bruce Alexander, when Tavuvur reminded us of her power!!!

16 comments:

Steve G said...

Hot feet if you stick around.

Karlis Beinerts said...

Beautiful photo!

Neva said...

There seems to be much to see where you live....the ocean, volcanoes, farms, markets....wow....pretty boring where I am!! Love your pictures.

p said...

aah, this photo brings back alot of childhood memories. Thanks Jules for sharing.

Dorisj

M.Benaut said...

Jules, are you sure you are not a Geologist. This is amazing.

Aigars Bruvelis said...

Cool photo. A different planet - thats for sure:):)

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photos.

Jules said...

m benaut - a geologist I ain't - the only thing I'm good at is pumice and that's cause I have some on the side of my shower.

Jules said...

neva - never boring to me - always interesting through your eyes!!!!

Nabeel said...

very nice picture .. the moon .. well it's colorless actually .. earth is very exotic and many times seems out of this world :)

Ann said...

It's always interesting to see places in the aftermath of a disaster, whether a hurricane, a flood or a volcano.

Your picture reminds me so much of Montserrat and what the
The Soufriere Hills volcano
did to that country.

Marie said...

Wow, that is so "impressonnant"!!!!!!!

Mme Benaut said...

Amazing shots of a purring giant, Jules. The photo in the link is very scary. I loved the panoramic shot of Rabaul too.

Anonymous said...

good photo.. i wonder who took it??

erin xx.

Richard said...

"An why the sea is boiling hot; and whether pigs have wings..."

Alt caption: New land, Hot lots, Get your building site soon !

Richard (SAN)

Jules said...

richard - both captions are clever but the second is probably more to the truth!!!