My obsession with volcanoes rivals my obession with trees. I loveunusual trees and unassuming volcanoes. From what I´ve read, the Eyjafjallajokull wasn´t dormant, but it was/is usually quiet enough that people feel comforable living near it and getting close enough to take amazing photos.

When the eruption happened a few days ago, I frantically searched for high resolution photos of the event.

This week The Boston Globecovered the breaking story on their weekly feature, "The Big Picture."

I highly recommend adding this RSS feed to your reader or just adding this site to your regular rotation because they always cover interesting stories and they are true to the name: the pictures are always quite large. It´s a welcome relief after reading most mainstream media websites which always attach small, low-resolution snaps to their copy.

The Eyjafjallajokull eruption reminds me of when I visited Mount Aso volcano in Japan. The soil surrounding the volcano is great for planting, so the area is rather rural and full of farms. There are also lots of hot springs. Making it a popular place for tourists. Aso-san ("-san" being the moniker attached to volcano names in Japan - this is not the same as "your name-san." Rather it is the Chinese character for "mountain") is an active volcano. But it´s pretty quiet. There are kiosks with gift shops and restrooms and parking built on the side of the mountain. Once you´ve parked you can walk to the top and look into the crater. All that is separating you from the acid green liquid below is a series of wooden stakes with ropes connecting them. Compared to the green at the foot of the mountain, the sides of the volcano look like the moon and stink of sulfur. Next to the ropes stand small shrines where one can make wishes or offers to the spirit inside the mountain.

With all of the earth-changes this year, I hope everyone will become more mindful of their surroundings and stay safe. If you happen to have a camera on you, chronicle the event with lots of pictures.