After the unusual eruptive events from December 2002 until July 2003 Stromboli has returned to its źnormal╗ activity of intermittent eruptions from the summit craters. Recording these is now more difficult than in the past since access to Pizzo is strictly forbidden. These photos were taken from various altitudes, all lower than the craters, from the path leading to the summit. All show NE crater (SW crater is invisible) and are copyright Hans Aeschlimann, Trogen, Switzerland.
24. September 2003, approx. 0h30 local time. This is the beginning of a long lasting, powerful fountaining episode. The main phase of the eruption is not covered by the photo.
23. September 2003, 85mm lens. During this eruption more incadescent material was thrown on the outer crater slopes than during most of the others observed.
23. September 2003, 200mm telephoto lens. Note that the bomb trajectories are disturbed at some point. Wind or shutter release movements are ruled out as a cause. Possibly the cause is ground movement induced by the eruption.
23. September 2003, 85mm lens. This eruption occured when the constellation of Sagittarius was behind the crater. It proves that interesting photos are feasible even from great distances, in particular if some sky background is included.