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Extracting lava as an aggregate for road building below a snow covered Mount Etna. Many of the streets are paved with lava blocks, providing a hard wearing surface. A large part of Sicily owes its existence to the volcanic activity of Etna. The ash also makes the land extremely fertile.

comments (16)

Beautiful view of Mt Etna- and interesting contrast to have the construction equipment below.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2011, 06:15
A dramatic picture and I really didn't know the ash was a good fertiliser. The things we learn!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jul 2011, 07:27
I agree with Chris...not knowing the fertile value of the ash. I guess there's always a silver lining, then?!
I didn't know that the lava was used for road building. I love the range of colours in this picture john
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Jul 2011, 08:19
Great photo almost two photos in one
Did some HDR processing to it, didn't you?
John Prior: A touch of tone mapping in Topaz to improve detail and contrast.
Excellent photo!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Jul 2011, 09:50
This looks so much like Scilly but of course it could never be, not with menacing Etna sitting there.
John Prior: We only missed the eruption by ten days, They have become very good at managing and diverting lava flows to safe areas.
Wow, great process for this unusual view! Ashtoning snow on mount Etna!
Have a nice day.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2011, 13:13
Great contrast of ugly and beautiful, nice shot John smile
Great looking mountain isn't it. As an ex quarry company employee I find the concept of using lava quite interesting.
John Prior: It reminded me of the material they used in building blocks.
  • ahmad
  • Isfahan
  • 13 Jul 2011, 14:02
they are digging the heart of mountain . nice shot !
Great contrast with nature and machine. This picture pops with textures.
an unusual scene.. Looks HDR-ish..? Interesting shot.
Thank you for al the comments
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 13 Jul 2011, 20:33
beautiful. I really like all the detail and the contrast between the foreground and the background.

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