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More Awe-Inspiring Volcano Photos From Iceland

 by Keith Goetzman

Tags: Environment, volcanoes, Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull, photography, Reykjavik Grapevine, Keith Goetzman,

Ash cloud figure

As the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland continues to remind people all over the world of nature’s immense power, I’ve been finding more great photographs that document this literally earth-shaking event. These vivid shots from the Icelandic countryside were taken by Julia Staples, a staff photographer for The Reyjavik Grapevine. See more at the Grapevine or on the photographer’s website.

The hooded person pictured above is standing in the ash-laden air. These horses are being herded away from the ash cloud:

Horses flee ash cloud

Spectacular natural lighting, with a touch of doom:

Sunlit farm buildings and ash cloud

These ice chunks, rocks, and mud were left behind by the jökulhlaup (“glacier run”) caused by the volcano:

Flood detritus

The Reykjavik Grapevine calls this a “super-scientific volcano measuring doodad”:

Scientific instrument

Source: The Reykjavik Grapevine

Images by Julia Staples, courtesy of the photographer.