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Dec 28, 2011

D'a bLue **

Blue door details... by Zé Eduardo...
Blue door details..., a photo by Zé Eduardo... on Flickr.

at Cartagena de Indias,


walt disney concert hall


Dec 26, 2011

Blood of the Earth (Etna, 2004)

On the morning of 7 September 2004, a small crack opened at the eastern base of the Southeast Crater cone and lava began to ooze out, forming a tiny flow just a few hundred meters long before the activity tapered out, a few hours later.

Three days later, on 10 September 2004, the new eruption started in earnest - a new vent opened at about 2600 m elevation, releasing a more substantial lava flow that cascaded down the steep western face of the Valle del Bove. This eruption was peculiar because there was almost no explosive activity, and the emitted lava seemed somewhat "old" - it was coolar and more crystalline than "normal" lava flows at Etna. To make things more serious, the start of this eruption was neither preceded nor accompanied by any noticeable seismic activity, so it came as a total surprise. Luckily it occurred far away from populated areas and cultivated land.

Still, it was a rather large eruption - it lasted six months, until 8 March 2005, and it emitted some 60 million cubic meters of lava, more than the previous eruptions of 2001 and 2002-2003. And it was beautiful, especially so during its first few weeks when weather conditions permitted easy access to the vent and we were frequently there.

This photo was taken during a visit to the active lava flow made with my friend Pippo Scarpinati sometime in late September 2004. At that time, my old Canon AE1 - with which I took this photograph - showed signs of aging, and the my lens had suffered from being too often in dense, acid volcanic gas plumes. Soon I would finally shift from slides and film to digital photography, a step many of my friends and colleagues had done much earlier.


Mediterranean Masterpiece

Vernazza, Italy

Ahhhhh, k belas férias eu passava aki.... eu e o meu yatch...
Bolazzzzzzzz..... :)

nice shoot!!!

night sky in the desert

at California.



雲海上的火燒雲 by Ethan ~ ♥
雲海上的火燒雲, a photo by Ethan ~ ♥ on Flickr.

waves and reflections ...

at Manuel Antonio National Park,
Costa Rica


Dec 20, 2011


at Church!
at Santo Domingo church,
Cartagena de Indias,

orange boat...

orange boat... by Zé Eduardo...
orange boat..., a photo by Zé Eduardo... on Flickr.
at Providencia island,

Dec 17, 2011

BuenOs AirEs

Buenos Aires Time Lapse a video by Pierre Lesage on Flickr.

1000 images shot on 5 seconds interval and assembled in a 30 frames per second time lapse.


Dec 15, 2011


sheltered by Wade Bryant
sheltered, a photo by Wade Bryant on Flickr.


Un couloir au Louvre

Un couloir au Louvre by Zed The Dragon
Un couloir au Louvre, a photo by Zed The Dragon on Flickr.

Au début de la Révolution, le Louvre entame une phase d'intenses transformations. Louis XVI s'installe pour trois ans aux Tuileries, puis la Convention lui succède. En 1793, le Museum central ouvre au public dans la Grande Galerie et le Salon Carré. D'année en année, le musée s'étend : les appartements d'été d'Anne d'Autriche accueillent les sculptures antiques, puis naissent les salles du musée Charles X et de nombreux espaces. Les collections envahissent peu à peu l'édifice.
With the Revolution, the Louvre entered a phase of intensive transformation. For three years, Louis XVI lived in the Tuileries palace, alongside the Convention Nationale. In 1793 the Museum Central des Arts opened to the public in the Grande Galerie and the Salon Carré, from where the collections gradually spread to take over the building. Anne of Austria’s apartments housed the antique sculpture galleries, and further rooms and exhibition spaces were opened under Charles X.

HDR = 7 shots with 0,5ev assembled in CS5

CaméraSony DSLR-A850
Exposition0,005 sec (1/200)
Longueur focale24 mm
Vitesse ISO200

New York City Public Library

The main branch loacated on 42nd and 5th Ave. This beautiful building has so many hallways and stairwells that more resemble a fine mansion or museum then a library.

The hallway in the upper area has an art gallery, while the lower hall leads to some offices and other library specific rooms (books, computers, microfilm, etc).


Sunset in the Baobab Avenue



Dec 14, 2011


texture by CoolbieRe
texture, a photo by CoolbieRe on Flickr.
born in china

OasiS **

Oasis by CoolbieRe
Oasis, a photo by CoolbieRe on Flickr.


Dec 7, 2011

A moment of dramatic change

A moment of dramatic change by etnaboris
A moment of dramatic change, a photo by etnaboris on Flickr.
One minute before, the latest paroxysm from the New Southeast Crater on Etna had been going on rather quietly - surely enough, there were two spectacular lava fountains many hundreds of meters high, but it was all kind of "clean", or "smooth", just very beautiful but nothing particular compared to the previous paroxysmal eruptive episodes from the same crater. Then, at 06.20 h (local time), the southeast flank of the cone that has grown in recent months around the New Southeast Crater, ruptured as a new eruptive fissure opened from the crater rim down to the base of the cone. A line of lava fountains sprang from a number of vents along this fissure, and the fountains that had been playing from vents within the crater immediately lost their splendor.

To us, a group of Etna lovers, photographers, and Alpine rescue service staff, plus myself, the show unfolding before our eyes was beautiful and breathtaking beyond description. Etna once more had invented one of her surprising twists, something we're always certain to see without having the faintest idea what it will be.

The paroxysm lasted some 20 more minutes, then the vents within the crater stopped fountaining; by 06.50 h also the lowest of the newly-formed vent stopped fountaining, and there was some ash emission before all died down - and the cone reappeared from the ash, gas and dust clouds.

It had changed beyond recognition.

Just imagine that dark hump at left was not there nine months ago.

One of my favorite activities on Etna when it is not erupting is to document its various volcanic features - craters, cones, lava flows, but also the vegetation that develops on these features - because sooner or later these images will show places that are no longer there or look very different ... or entirely new features. Over the past 22 years, since my first visit to Etna in September 1989, the shape of the volcano has locally changed beyond recogition. The large cone in the center, the Old Southeast Crater with its steep sulfur-covered summit, was a low, unconspicuous heap of stones at the time of my first visit. Much of this cone grew during dozens of violent eruptive episodes ("paroxysms") between September 1999 and July 2001. In the spring of 2007 it erupted for the last time, then it passed on the job to a new vent on its lower east (left) flank.

That new vent was a collapse depression, something that is called "pit crater" in the volcanological terminology. This pit crater produced three large paroxysmal eruptive episodes in September and November 2007 and on 10 May 2008, just before the latest flank eruption of Etna. A new, small pit crater opened on 6 November 2009 on the lower east rim of the 2007 pit and gradually enlarged by collapse, and partly coalesced with the earlier pit. This constellation was the place where a first spectacular paroxysm with beautiful lava fountains and flows and a tall ash plume occurred during the moonlit night of 12-13 January 2011, and "the pit crater" became widely known.

Since then, there have been 10 more of these paroxysmal eruptive episodes, on 18 February, 10 April, 12 May, 9, 19, 25, and 30 July, and on 5, 12, and 20 August. Each of these events has thrown considerable quantities of volcanic rock onto the surroundings of the crater, which have gradually piled up into a huge, new volcanic cone, the newest volcanic construct that exists on this planet, and probably the construction is far from finished. This new cone now stands approximately 150 m above the elevation of the original pit crater; if it continues to grow at the same rate through another, say, 10 to 15 paroxysms, it might reach or even overtop the elevation of the old Southeast Crater. Chances are that Etna will continue to produce this sort of activity, since the volcano appears to be structurally stable and a flank eruption appears unlikely in the very short term, so that all magma will have to go to the summit craters. Many people here - including myself - have visions of the new cone standing like a twin next to its older "brother". Time will tell whether you will see, one day, a photo showing the twin Southeast Craters, and then, the younger of the two overtopping its older sibling ??? This is one of the most amazing things a volcanologist can dream of seeing before her or his eyes - the birth of a new volcanic mountain, right from the start.

Photo was taken from near the "Ripe della Naca", on the east-northeast flank of Etna, on the morning of 23 August 2011. Compare this to the images shown in the comments below.

Red house ...

Red house ... by Zé Eduardo...
Red house ..., a photo by Zé Eduardo... on Flickr.
Colca canyon,


blue door and stairs details...

Cusco, Peru

Monet Vistation On The Water


Dec 1, 2011

night sky

night sky by Eric 5D Mark II
night sky, a photo by Eric 5D Mark II on Flickr.