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On Mount Etna. There are 4WD buses with special tyres stationed at the top of the ski lift, used for guided tours of the craters. They have become very skilled at managing eruptions on Etna, diverting lava flows away from populated areas. Etna erupted about 10 days after our visit here.

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  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Jul 2011, 06:25
That is a view to die for, John. You sure do get around, don't you!
John Prior: Thanks Ginnie, I try to smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Jul 2011, 07:36
I like the sense of scale here very much John: I think Etna is simply not to be trusted.
John Prior: Thanks Chris, they seem to manage it OK and a lot of Sicily would not exist as it has extended the landmass over the years.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 29 Jul 2011, 08:40
Wow what a view
John Prior: Thanks Vintage
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 29 Jul 2011, 08:42
I remember this from my trip to Etna.
John Prior: I really enjoyed Sicily, thanks Chad.
I hope this is not a recent photo... Italy could use some summer
John Prior: It was nice spring weather below the mountain Chantal smile
I hadn't thought of snow and skiing in Sicily before. this is a fine shot John.
John Prior: Nor had I Brian, I didn't realise it was high enough to maintain a snow cap.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Jul 2011, 12:11
Fabulous sight and image. How clever to divert the flow smile
John Prior: They make new channels and divert with huge concrete blocks, saw a film of it being done, thanks Linda.
Very nice shot John, is that ash on the snow?
John Prior: Yes Frank, they also claim that ash from Etna makes the surrounding land very fertile, which looks to be true.
Great view, excellent shot from the volcanic mountain! Well framed!
John Prior: Thank you smile
Ashoning view of the Etna under the snow! Thanks for sharing that!
Have a nice day.
John Prior: Thanks Dom
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 29 Jul 2011, 21:07
I'm surprised that they can control the lava flow so well. Beautiful setting.
John Prior: They make new channels and divert with huge concrete blocks, saw a video of it being done, thanks Otto
I have an old picture of the Matterhorn which is a coloured b&w picture. This reminds me of it with the treatment you have done.
John Prior: Thanks Bill, tone mapped colour in this case.

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