Etna 2004 - 2008

1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove

While the West end of the dike splitting the South East Cone alternates between short paroxysms and long pauses, the East end erupts at a much more constant effusive rate (about 2 cubic meters per second) from a vent at 2800m.a.s.l. in Valle del Bove. Here we show spectacular spattering at the vent hornito, skylights and waves in the lava flow. All times are local (GMT + 1hr). Focal length of the lenses used on a digicam is given (to be multiplied by 1.5 to obtain the equivalent focal length on 24x36 film).

1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 15h, f=50mm. Etna Guide Alfio Mazzaglia on the left serves as scale for the spattering hornito.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. Spattering at the hornito: from the vent a lava flow comes towards the camera.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. Another vent on the right side erupts spectacular "bubbles" and another flow.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. The incandescent air above the flow at right defocuses Pizzi Deneri in the background.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. Telephoto view of a lava "bubble" about two meters wide. Note Pele's hairs among the red clots.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
8 Nov, 16h, f=135mm. Another view of the same spattering hornito during sunset.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 14h, f=16mm. A skylight about 20 meters long lets us see the lava flow just below the vent.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 14h, f=135mm. Telephoto view of the orange glowing lava flow five meters below our feet.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 15h, f=50mm. Suddenly a wave a whole meter high overrides the flow in the narrow channel.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 15h, f=50mm. After the wave has passed, the flow subsides and lava is dripping from the channel's roof.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. Sometimes stalactites of molten lava take on most remarkable shapes.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 15h, f=135mm. After a few minutes the stalactites near the flow solidify.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 14h, f=135mm. Cracks in the tunnel's roof.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 16h, f=16mm. Lava needles.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
7 Nov, 15h, f=16, 135mm. A smaller skylight.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
7 Nov, 15h, f=50mm. Lava sculptures.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 15h, f=16mm. Tom Pfeiffer at work with other photographers.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 16h, f=16mm. Tom is getting as close as possible, the heat being the limit.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
1 Nov, 16h, f=16mm. A film crew uses an unusual wide angle lens.
1 - 8 November 2006: Flow and Spattering in Valle del Bove
7 Nov, 15h, f=16mm. Thorsten Boeckel filming a new skylight.
Copyright: M. Fulle.