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