Autumn on Etna

Fall Colors with Lava Rocks

No time for a recipe today but wanted to share some photos from our drive up to the volcano last weekend. The fall colors were breathtaking against the backdrop of black lava rock on the south side of the mountain. But after driving around to the north side, we found some beautiful misty forests and for a moment it felt more like Oregon than Sicily.

Autumn on Etna

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  1. Ruby

    Wow Nicole, these are beautiful pictures!Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    6:21 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  2. MyStarbucks

    Those pics are awesome. I’ve always wanted to get close to a volcano like that.

    8:04 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  3. Teah

    I’m going to sound so geeky, but that last picture looks like the “Dark Forest” from Harry Potter 1. Ha!

    9:40 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  4. Kathy

    love the fall colors against the volcanic rock and the mist kind of draws you in…..

    9:45 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  5. JoeDrinker

    That’s beautiful. I love how the fall colors are boosted by the charred ground.

    10:13 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  6. mentalmosaic

    Wow…those blackened tree trunks are really something! And then that mist in the air. I love the fall colors, but that last photo is especially evocative to me.

    10:19 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  7. Summer


    10:27 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  8. Andrea

    Simply Beautiful!!

    10:39 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  9. Corinne

    The last picture reminds me of the forrest we drove through.
    Your pictures are so awesome!

    11:26 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  10. Jennifer

    Absolutely wonderful. You continue to share your talents with us and it makes my day. 🙂 Keep ’em coming

    12:45 am  Nov 8th, 2007
  11. Christy

    WOW, breath taking photos!

    2:58 am  Nov 8th, 2007
  12. Nicole

    Thanks, everyone! It was really beautiful up there!

    5:31 pm  Nov 8th, 2007
  13. Jack

    stunning! i was in italy for 2wks this past summer but didn’t go as far as naples… we ruled out sicily because it would have cut 2 days out of our trip simply to go down and come back on ferry/train.

    8:14 am  Nov 10th, 2007
  14. Nicole

    Jack: I think Northern Italy and Southern Italy really should be visited on separate occasions! There’s just not enough time to see everything in one trip! I bet you had a wonderful time 🙂

    5:21 pm  Nov 10th, 2007
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