Volcanic sunset

A volcano in Iceland seemed to want to teach us a lesson about our place in the grand scheme of things.

That although we would like to think that we are in control and at the centre of things,

We are not. Everything is interconnected.

And we are just a small part of the fabric of life.

These photos were taken the first day the ash came over Sweden and shut down all the airports in the country (as well as most airports in northern Europe).

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir

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65 responses

  1. surreal beauty,
    love John Muir,
    and yeah, humbled always.

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    April 23, 2010 at 03:15

  2. That is the perfect Earth Day post — very understated and not preachy, but so very true. Doesn’t hurt that the pictures are amazing. I have been wondering what kind of effects my blogger friends in Europe are having from this.

    thank you for updating us.

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    April 23, 2010 at 03:17

  3. It still looks gorgeous!

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    April 23, 2010 at 03:51

  4. Beautiful photos, and such a true sentiment. Glad you’re okay. You’ve been in my thoughts.

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    April 23, 2010 at 04:09

  5. Di

    So lovely and surreal. It shows what we would all like life to look like each and every day.

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    April 23, 2010 at 04:36

  6. far guy

    Only nature could paint a picture like that.

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    April 23, 2010 at 05:27

  7. I do agree so completely with everything you’ve said. I am so glad you and your family are OK! Your photos are breathtakingly beautiful! far guy is right, only nature could paint a picture like that. The reflections in the water are gorgeous! Take care, I’m trying very hard to blow a little spring your way!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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    April 23, 2010 at 05:36

  8. Those pictures are pretty amazing. Kind of reminds me of sunsets in Los Angeles when the pollution was really bad. Fortunately they have corrected that quite bit.

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    April 23, 2010 at 06:11

  9. Excellent Earth Day Post!

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    April 23, 2010 at 06:50

  10. Beautiful Sunset..the ash particles were good for something. Funny how a Volcano can disrupt the worlds schedules:)

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    April 23, 2010 at 07:13

  11. lilalia

    The colours are volcanic, but the lack of wind and the peaceful reflections on the water surface gives your images a sense of peace. I enjoyed your quiet reflections and how true they are.

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    April 23, 2010 at 07:16

  12. these are magnificent photos. the colors are simply fabulous! you won’t think of an erupting volcano when you look at this beauty.

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    April 23, 2010 at 07:45

  13. I love the quote from John Muir! So true…The Earth is ever changing and the change is amazing as long as we know how to stay out of its way, all will be okay. The beauty is amazing and it reaches so far across the land….so many can appreciate.

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    April 23, 2010 at 08:13

  14. Stunning pix. And, yes, the vomiting volcano reminds us of how small we are in the scheme of things.

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    April 23, 2010 at 08:53

  15. Is that the ash? Nice!

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    April 23, 2010 at 09:06

  16. BTW who knew Iceland had volcanoes? Well, probably quite a few people but I didn’t.

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    April 23, 2010 at 09:07

  17. Amazing shots. Very beautiful colors.

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    April 23, 2010 at 09:08

  18. Clive

    Fabulous photos!

    As a little island country we were very badly hit by no flights out of Ireland for six days! The panic amongst some sections of the media/travellers stuck abroad was incredible!! But as my mother-in-law kept saying – “makes us all realise why we should just stay at home”! She’s not one for all the constant trips that she claims most of her family seem to take!!

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    April 23, 2010 at 10:44

  19. Amazing skies …. stunning nature

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    April 23, 2010 at 10:44

  20. Only one word is needed to describe both photographs – SPECTACULAR!!!

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    April 23, 2010 at 10:52

  21. Vibrant, dramatic colours over a stunning landscape! Wow!

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    April 23, 2010 at 12:05

  22. LadyFi, nice pictures and interesting to hear about the volcanic effects from someone nearby and effected. Thanks. – Dave

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    April 23, 2010 at 12:24

  23. Heisann!

    Nature from a most dramatic angle, and the reflection is fantastic!

    Have a nice weekend!

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    April 23, 2010 at 13:19

  24. What a perfect quote to go with this post! And so true!
    Love the pics, as usual!

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    April 23, 2010 at 13:53

  25. This is so wonderful! Lovely reflection. Your pictures is great!!:-)

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:06

  26. Isn’t it amazing how beautiful the skies are with small particles of volcanic ash in the atmosphere?

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:26

  27. We’ve had some beautiful sunsets but nothing in that league!!

    C x

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:28

  28. Glorious skies! Sometimes it’s good to be forced to stand back and wait for the world to rebalance.

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:32

  29. John Muir is one of my favorite naturalists….we recently watched a documentary about him, and Emma read a biography about him. Beautiful post!

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:36

  30. It sure put some drama into that sunset. Wonderful shots.

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    April 23, 2010 at 14:51

  31. I’ve never heard of John Muir. I have been however to Muir Woods in San Francisco and I wonder if they are named after him. Off to research.

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    April 23, 2010 at 15:15

  32. This is a very beautiful and thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing the view from your part of the world.

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    April 23, 2010 at 15:29

  33. Fi, these pics are breathtaking! That reflection off the water is just like you painted it…not like it was real!

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    April 23, 2010 at 16:01

  34. Yes, they are named after him

    http://www.virtuar.com/marin/Muir/

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    April 23, 2010 at 16:01

  35. I love it the shots..but the message too.
    We are nothing, dearest. The nature is everything…and we need to protect it…
    take care
    congrats

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    April 23, 2010 at 16:36

  36. Beautiful images. I really like the orangy leading edge of the clouds and the reflection are wonderful.

    Mother nature certainly has a way of upsetting are carefully laid plans.

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    April 23, 2010 at 16:56

  37. Sir Pe

    These are stunningly beautiful pictures!

    Say what you will about how mankind affects the environment, but Mother Nature can really show us all how it’s done :-p

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    April 23, 2010 at 17:11

  38. Beautiful pictures! If there is something to be learned from the volcanoes is that we’re not as big as we think we are…we CAN’T control everything.

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    April 23, 2010 at 17:25

  39. I really like what you say in this post. We do prefer sometimes to forget the natural power of the universe. We definitely are all connected.

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    April 23, 2010 at 19:34

  40. Gry

    fantastic photos! Great reflections too!

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    April 23, 2010 at 19:50

  41. Thanks for the insight and the stunning photos. I feel enriched by your work.

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    April 23, 2010 at 21:51

  42. Absolutely gorgeous images…and I think the reflection of the ash laden clouds is a perfect tie-in to your words.

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    April 23, 2010 at 22:11

  43. You could not be more right.

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    April 23, 2010 at 22:51

  44. noel

    aloha,

    that is a beautiful volcanic ash view, thanks for sharing with us this friday

    come and join us for a new challenge on my sari blog if you have a chance, i have one of john muir also

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    April 24, 2010 at 00:09

  45. great colors and light
    like the reflections an dtha small movement in the water

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    April 24, 2010 at 01:21

  46. Beautiful photos Lady Fi and very interesting too! You see when I came back from our vacation home in Sweden – just after we passed the border to Norway – we had these sunset in the same collar too. I took some pics and maybe I should make a post about it.

    Happy Weekend to you and you’re family 🙂

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    April 24, 2010 at 02:25

  47. Fiona, what a perfect quote, we are so connected, even if some of us don’t believe it.

    Remarkable shots.

    Jen

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    April 24, 2010 at 02:28

  48. A-MAZ-ING!!!!! The colors are stunning. Too bad it’s from the ash.

    Great photos.
    xo

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    April 24, 2010 at 06:50

  49. In the fabric of life, I am part of the warp.

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    April 24, 2010 at 07:17

  50. My God those photos are incredible and that John Muir quote? Spot on.

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    April 24, 2010 at 07:53

  51. Great shots

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    April 24, 2010 at 09:24

  52. love the wisdom you gleened from the volcano…i agree…and wonderful pics…

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    April 24, 2010 at 12:39

  53. Despite being so destructive in nature, the volcano has given us perhaps the most beautiful sunset you can ever get to see…

    Pixellicious Photos

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    April 24, 2010 at 13:56

  54. The orange glow is quite eerie and beautiful at the same time.
    I thought the same as you: nature is forcing mankind to slow down and notice what’s important in life.

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    April 24, 2010 at 15:35

  55. These are exceptional shots! I hope things have settled down with the volcano…it had an amazing impact on the whole world.

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    April 24, 2010 at 15:53

  56. That ash will remain for years on the ground, gritty. I live near a volcano, too.

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    April 24, 2010 at 17:06

  57. Beautiful reflection of the skies. Wonderful sunset. It’s not easy to capture such scenic pictures. These two pictures are simply magnificent.

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    April 24, 2010 at 17:35

  58. My boyfriend and I were just talking about how nice it is when people get reminded that ultimately, nature’s still calling the shots. Lovely photos.

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    April 24, 2010 at 22:05

  59. Really gorgeous sunsets – the volcano was good for something after all!

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    April 24, 2010 at 22:12

  60. Gorgeous photos and wonderful words. I wish we would learn our lesson and live accordingly!

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    April 24, 2010 at 22:25

  61. The Muir quote is a good accompaniment to your post, Fi. Though the ash caused some “trouble,” it obviously also created some magnificent colors in the sky and landscape. Nature has a reason, and we are just observers.

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    April 25, 2010 at 00:43

  62. I like your view of this event. You always have such a positive and lovely view of things.

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    April 25, 2010 at 02:43

  63. LadyFi: It certainly added beauty to the sky.

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    April 25, 2010 at 16:40

  64. dramatic sunset! that orange is something else!

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    April 28, 2010 at 00:57

  65. Simply Spectacular! You would never in a million years guess that these beautiful photos are any part of such devastation. Well done.

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    April 29, 2010 at 19:19

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