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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bastard in Cloud... a quotation by science-fiction writer Sir Fred Hoyle in his eponymous book The Black Cloud (1957). The book details the arrival of an enormous cloud of gas that enters the solar system and threatens to destroy most of the life on Earth by blocking the Sun's radiation.

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland started erupting on 15 April and the resulting plume of ash has reached a height of three miles (picture from Internet).

At the moment there is a cloud of volcanic ash dust settled over most of Europe
that prohibits all aircraft movement.

A consequence of this is my Australian friend Simon (see blog post below) had no flight home yesterday, and looks set to stay in England until at least Wednesday.

Simon looks hopefully for a hole in the dust cloud

We go to the end of my local pier to see the spectacular sunset that occurs during atmospheric dust clouds and share a little light refreshment

Zooming in a little, we see that it is a tin of good Austral- ian lager..

Indeed, we are treated to a fine red sunset
over the Duddon Estuary at Askam-in-Furness


Blogger donsands said...

Wow. That is incredible. I didn't hear about this on the News at all.

Thanks for the inspiring photos of the Sun setting.

4:08 pm  
Anonymous May said...

Great photos!

7:28 pm  
Blogger Susan said...

Enjoyed your spectacular sunset photos!

11:51 pm  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, I hear that after such eruptions the following winters along the northern hemisphere have been cooler. I guess this is about average, and is subsiding or closing up some, not shooting up as high, though no one knows if another eruption will occur. Amazing just how it all disrupts air traffic. Hopefully no chances will be taken, though it most certainly means substantial lost business for the airlines.

10:37 am  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

It's a bummer about all those flight problems. That is cool that Simon got to visit with you.

I mentioned you in a recent post. Nothing big... just giving credit for bird identification. Thanks for the tip about gender identification of the Starlings. People find that kind of thing fascinating.

I've been working on the pronunciation of that volcano in Iceland. I think I have finally got it down pretty good, too.

10:31 pm  
Blogger simon said...

yes great photos mate- must say I am missing the maalie court. BTW that ankle of mine is rooted.

10:44 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

yes, we know all about bastard in cloud. We were stuck in Kathmandu for a week because of it!

9:43 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, this is spectacular. I wouldn't dare use a word like this in a headline.

I hope Simon had a great trip.

6:56 pm  

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