Lava flows on Stromboli 2002-2007

April to June 2003

Stromboli showed no magmatic activity at its summit craters at the end of April 2003. However, lava flows which had started on 28. December 2002 were still flowing, although at a much reduced rate. Times are local, camera focal lengths (f) are also given. In order to boost visibility of the falling rocks relatively fast 200 ASA film was used. Photos copyright Jürg Alean (JA) and Marco Fulle (MF).

April to June 2003
22.4.2003, f=28mm. From 200m.a.s.l. Low clouds hide the summit craters but glowing blocks can be seen tumbling all the way to the sea (JA).
April to June 2003
22.4.2003, f=50mm. From 200m.a.s.l. Glowing lava blocks magically seem to emerge from within the cloud covering Stromboli's summit (JA).
April to June 2003
22.4.2003, f=300mm. From 200m.a.s.l. During the one-minute exposure many blocks bounce through the telephoto lens' narrow field of view (JA).
April to June 2003
23.4.2003, f=28mm. From 400m.a.s.l. Red Lagoon Nebula (M8) in constellation Saggitarius (above left horizon) and lights of Salina (bottom right; JA).
April to June 2003
23.4.2003, f=50mm. From 400m.a.s.l. Lava flows extend only a few hundred meters but are the source of entertaining rock falls which often reach the sea (JA).
April to June 2003
23.4.2003, f=300mm. From 400m.a.s.l. Two aa-lavaflows, one almost hidden by the middle horizon, the other plainly visible in the foreground (JA).
April to June 2003
23.4.2003, f=50mm. From 400m.a.s.l. Top left: Lagoon nebula, above steam: stars of Ophiuchus, center right: bright star Antares in Scorpius (JA).
April to June 2003
23.4.2003, f=105mm. From 400m.a.s.l. NE crater seems to be reaching for the sky with it's "mouth" wide open. End of another magic night on Stromboli (JA).
April to June 2003
3.6.2003, f=35mm Sciara del Fuoco seen from the sea. Note the rockfalls reaching the sea. They appeared red at night (MF).
April to June 2003
4.6.2003, f=180mm from 290m.a.s.l. Two active lava flows below NE crater. Yellow «ginestre» in the foreground smells much stronger than the sulfur... (MF).
April to June 2003
4.6.2003, f=85mm from 290m.a.s.l. Incandescent boulders rolling down and reach the calm summer sea. Sciara del Fuoco has grown a lot into the sea during the past five months. (MF).
April to June 2003
4.6.2003, f=16mm (fish-eye lens) from 400m.a.s.l. NE crater (left), Moon and Jupiter (right). Note active front at mid elevation, where rockfalls are released and reach the sea illuminated by the moon. (MF).
Copyright Jürg Alean (JA), Marco Fulle (MF)