Mount Etna Welcomes Me Home
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Mount Etna Erupting

I am back in Sicily, recovering from the 30-hour trip home, fighting jet lag, and searching for kitchen utensils that have mysteriously found new homes during my absence. And just as I started settling in and feeling at home again, Mount Etna, our friendly neighborhood volcano, decided to give me a welcome home of her own!

This photo was taken about 1/4 mile down the road from our house. Visit my Flickr page to see more!

Update: I just found a great little video clip of the eruption, check it out!

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26 Comments
  1. JoeDrinker

    That is so cool!

    9:02 pm  Sep 4th, 2007
  2. Lydia

    What a spectacular welcome home!

    11:40 pm  Sep 4th, 2007
  3. Ruby Berry

    Such a cool picture!!!

    12:06 am  Sep 5th, 2007
  4. SusanV

    Cool and more than a little scary!

    12:55 am  Sep 5th, 2007
  5. Curt McAdams

    Does it feel like coming home, or just going away for a bit back to Italy? What a sight to be greeted by, regardless.

    4:20 am  Sep 5th, 2007
  6. Elizabeth

    THANKS so much for the pics! We were in Sicily this July and my kids got to go up Mt. Etna off roading. This has really impressed them!!! Fabulous photography! Cheers-

    12:06 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  7. Nicole

    Joe: Yes, it was amazing last night!! My husband called me up on his way home and said “go outside right now!” I went out and all of my neighbors were outside staring up at the mountain. We ended up driving down the road a ways with my camera to get away from the streetlights.

    Lydia: An amazing welcome home! Etna has erupted like this a couple of times since we’ve been here but it seems like I’m always out of town when it happens. This is the first time in four years that I’ve actually seen a lava column like that!

    Ruby: Thanks! I took sooooo many photos before I actually captured some of the lightening!

    SusanV: Not too scary! Etna is one of those volcanoes that is constantly venting so even though she erupts every once in a while, they aren’t huge and explosive. There have definitely been some disasters in the past but generally speaking, we’re pretty safe here.

    Curt: I definitely feel at home here although I’m trying to get used to the idea of leaving since it’s coming up soon!

    Elizabeth: You’re welcome! I bet they had so much fun up there! It feels like a different world up there once you get past the tree line and all you can see is lava everywhere. Thanks for stopping by!

    2:25 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  8. Jason

    Your arrival onto the island must have angered the fire gods. They need to find a virgin to throw in.

    2:52 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  9. Nicole

    Jason: I prefer to think that the fire gods were celebrating my arrival! Either way, they seem to be appeased now, I think everything’s quiet once again.

    3:09 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  10. Ruby Berry

    lol @ Jason’s comment!

    5:15 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  11. Corinne

    Man, I just love it when I get home and our volcano is erupting! Grr. I want to live in Sicily at the base of Mt. Etna! =)

    5:20 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  12. Nicole

    Ruby: I can pretty much always count on some off-the-wall comment from Jason :-) Speaking of Jason, go check out his site, he put up some other Etna photos.

    Corinne: Do I detect a hint of sarcasm in that comment? You don’t have much to complain about considering Yosemite is only a little over an hour away from where you live! And, oh yeah, what was it you said about visiting the cabin last weekend? Rough life, eh? :-)

    6:12 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  13. Coleen B

    Welcome home! That’s the best picture I’ve seen of an eruption and I’ve been on this island forever and seen a lot of eruptions! Smack came over last week and my dogs and I fell in love with him. Let’s do a playdate soon.

    7:46 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  14. Nicole

    Coleen: Thanks, it’s good to be back! And that compliment about the photo is huge coming from you because I know you’ve seen your share of Etna eruptions and photos! I figured Smack must have met up with you guys at least once while I was gone…we’ll get together soon!

    7:56 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  15. Cynthia

    Welcome home!

    9:08 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  16. Nicole

    Cynthia: Thanks!

    Everyone: Look for the update at the bottom of the post…I just found a little video clip of last night’s eruption at YouTube, it’s pretty cool!

    9:24 pm  Sep 5th, 2007
  17. Jason

    I put up other Etna photos?

    Oh yeah, the ones from January. Thanks for the plug, however those pics are no where near as spectacular as yours.

    1:19 am  Sep 6th, 2007
  18. Karen

    What an amazing sight.

    That has to be a good omen on your return to Sicily — the gods are telling you something!

    2:36 am  Sep 6th, 2007
  19. dustin

    the video is great, especially with the scooter noise in the background…THAT is what I miss about sicily!

    4:52 am  Sep 6th, 2007
  20. Nicole

    Karen: Yes, I like to think that it was a good omen!

    Dustin: I’m glad someone picked up on the scooter noise in the background….Ahhh, the sounds of Sicily! I bet the eruption would have looked so cool from your beach! Smack says hi :-)

    12:42 pm  Sep 6th, 2007
  21. Genie

    That’s crazy stuff, Nicole — how cool! Definitely glad you got to see it… :-)

    6:00 pm  Sep 6th, 2007
  22. Brian

    That’s what we need here in Hotlanta, a lava spewing volcano. Just not too close to Buckhead…

    4:08 pm  Sep 9th, 2007
  23. nika

    It looks like Sauron has awoken!

    5:41 pm  Sep 22nd, 2007
  24. Briana

    A marvelous sight to behold in the eyes of man. The gods have been pleased.

    7:44 am  Feb 28th, 2008
  25. JOJo Shmo

    Awsome pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv it

    9:41 am  Mar 12th, 2008
  26. lilly

    when do people think it will erupt again?

    1:53 pm  May 19th, 2008
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