Heathland view

By: barbamz , 11:03 PM GMT on August 25, 2014

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I know I pamper (or annoy) you with a speedy update on our Rhenish Hessian walks, but nevertheless: The third of those four newly marked hilly hiking trails in the hinterland of my town Mainz got explored by us yesterday.

It's named "Heathland View", and the name is justified, as on top of the hill which the trail surrounds there is a scenery of dry and meager soil with heath and birches, herbs and special wild flowers. The whole area is protected and maintained as a natural reserve by the European Union (and local authorities as well of course). Adjacent there are vineyards and valleys with creeks, ponds and lush woods.

After a stop at Ajax Tower (where an unfulfilled love story is said to have happened many decades ago, uhh) the trail of "Heathland view" touches the other trail of "Acorn Hill" (which I've walked a week ago) in one spot: the medieval town of Neu-Bamberg with its ruined castle and a little white church in its walls.

Highlight of the trail of course is a makeshift open air wine tavern on top of the hill with a GORGEOUS view towards the north. Quite a lot of people were on the move to go there and enjoy a glass of wine (or grape juice in case you'd have to drive later on, sigh!!) and a buttery pretzel.

I'll be glad if you enjoy the following pics without many unnecessary (as I think) explanations.


This is the trail of "Heathland View", advertised as "Heathern dream between rocks and wine".



Characteristic of this area are those traditional walls of loose stones which provide home for lizards and other small animals.


Natural reserve which mingles with wineyards.


Ajax Tower (without any apparent use today; you even can't climb on top of it).


Horse farm down the valley.


Artificial accomodation for insects.


Natural flat of two beetles.

And a little shower:




With the sun back: medieval castle and church of Neu-Bamberg.


Little pond for fishing in the bottom of the valley.




Water lilies.


Sculpture nearby. Don't ask me what story is behind it. Obviously a lot of frogs around there.


Rowan berries for the birds in looming winter times.


Eagle Memorial for the victims of WWI on top of the hill amid the - here it comes! - heather:




Heath with birches - usually you find those sceneries further north.


Moreover Viper's Bugloss (and many other wild flowers and herbs) along the way.


And now the grapes!


Invitation to the open air tavern on top of the hill.


Sit down, relax, enjoy wine and view.









Unfortunately, eventually you have to descend back to daily life...

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Earlier hill-hikes in the same area:

April 2014: Around Bismarck Tower

August 2014: Wind, vines and wheels

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49. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:12 PM GMT on September 14, 2014
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48. barbamz
12:56 PM GMT on September 14, 2014
Thank you Mike. If you wouldn't have posted those news I certainly wouldn't have noticed the volcano crisis on Hawaii. Here is a new video:

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47. clearlakemike
10:18 PM GMT on September 12, 2014


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46. barbamz
10:30 PM GMT on September 11, 2014
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45. barbamz
9:00 PM GMT on September 11, 2014
Well I fear I'm lost on the weather and daily life thing as long as the show in Iceland goes on. Once again stunning views this evening from the webcam. You'd wish to be there in person --- unless you think of the poisoned and life threatening air at this place:





Link: Breathtaking photo gallery from the Daily Mail.

And another video:

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44. GardenGrrl
2:26 PM GMT on September 11, 2014
Some great shots. Volcanos can go from slow-motion menace to spectacular catastrophe without warning. Hope folks are out of the way if the Earth decides to redecorate on a grand scale.
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43. barbamz
7:15 PM GMT on September 10, 2014
Uoh, Mike, lava in such a little distance is really a creepy thing! From your link (thank you):



Respite possible for Hawaii community as lava flow shifts course
By Malia Mattoch McManus, HONOLULU Tue Sep 9, 2014 7:29pm EDT
(Reuters) - A volcanic lava flow that threatens a subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island has shifted slightly, potentially sparing some homes but increasing the number of residents who may be "lava-locked" if the flow overtakes a highway, a civil defense official said on Tuesday. ...

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The latest from Iceland's Bardarbunga:

Bárðarbunga Eruption Major Worry
IRm, By Benedikt Jóhannesson, September 10, 2014 13:50Updated: September 10, 2014 15:06
An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 shook the area to the northeast of Bárðarbunga this morning at 5:28 am.
The probability of an eruption in Bárðarbunga is now thought to be increased due to a steady lowering of the surface above the volcano’s crater. This greatly worries scientists and Civil Protection Department representatives, ruv.is reports.
An eruption in Bárðarbunga, which lies underneath Vatnajökull glacier, could potentially be massive, emitting high quantities of ash into the air, according to geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson. The glacial melt water would ultimately break out as a great flood in one of the glacial rivers. This is the scenario which the Civil Protection Department is preparing for. ...




Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field, September 10, 2014 (Satellite pic is from Sept 6; lava made some progress since)
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42. clearlakemike
5:35 PM GMT on September 10, 2014
I am familiar with that blue haze, Barb. I see it often. The vog here doesn't travel quite that far as 800 miles but it does get blown up the island chain sometimes for 200-300. The smell of the sulfur doesn't travel that far as Kilauea's eruption is much smaller. But I have smelled it occasionally being 50 miles from the source. I wonder if they will get the volcanic smog there in Norway? Depends on the winds and topography...and lots of sunshine, which Norway might not get.

BTW, if you look at the previous link I posted you can see that the lava is slowly continuing towards populated areas. It is getting very close now. This is a good youtube video of it filmed from a helicopter.



Video Shows Size Of Lava Flow Approaching Pahoa
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41. barbamz
2:22 PM GMT on September 10, 2014


Norwegians smell sulfur from Holuhraun
RUV, Fyrst birt: 09.09.2014 19:23, Síðast uppfært: 09.09.2014 19:23
Smell of sulfur gas thought to be from the Holuhraun eruption, has been detected at the west coast of Norway, some 1300 kilometres away (807 miles) according to Norsk Radio, the public broadcaster in Norway. Sattellite photos have shown migration of gasses in that direction.
In a story published today on NRK´s website, meteorologist Vibeke Thynes says the most likely source of the smell is the eruption in Iceland; she says the sulfur gas is highly diluted and not at all dangerous to the public.
Satellite photos show clearly that the gasplume from the Holuhraun has migrated towards Norway, says Bjorn Saevar Einarsson, a meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office; therefore the most likely explanation for the smell is the eruption, he says.
According to status reports published by the Civil Protection Agency, the plume has in recent days reached a height of at least 6 kilometers. Sulfur pollution has been detected in urban areas in Eastern Iceland, and blue haze has been clearly visible there.
The smell that Norwegians now find on the west coast of Norway is very famililar to Icelanders. They call it "Hveralykt", or "smell of geysers", of which there are numerous in Iceland.
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40. clearlakemike
3:43 AM GMT on September 09, 2014
That's really going "off road"!
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39. barbamz
11:00 PM GMT on September 08, 2014


Visitors tonight, huh ....
Webcam shot from http://baering.github.io/

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38. sandiquiz
12:53 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Oh, my goodness.. I bet he has great muscles in his arms!! lol

The sun is shining here and we are told it will shine all week!! yippee!

Have a good week :)

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37. barbamz
9:07 AM GMT on September 08, 2014
Important news from Germany, lol:

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36. clearlakemike
9:41 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
The Holuhraun eruption looks significant, Barb! Beautiful photos of it. Seems to be creating its own weather such as that in a massive fire storm.
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35. barbamz
9:02 PM GMT on September 07, 2014




Fresh screenshots of the Iclandic fissure eruption at Holuhraun. Especially beautiful in the twilight. You now even can spot lightnings in the plume.

Source: http://baering.github.io/
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34. barbamz
1:47 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Family party in the countryside yesterday evening was very fine. The moon joined our company as well, unfortunately a lot of bugs too, lol. Probably the last summer weekend for us this year?








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33. barbamz
1:41 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Mike, Sandi, I see you had a nice conversation on my blog while I was away. Welcome, lol.
Thanks, Mike, for sharing your volcanic experiences. Huh, to have to run from a SO2 plum must have been scary!
And yes, today it's difficult to distinguish between a pure media hype and a real danger. Though reevaluation of the past teaches us what may happen again.

If you got some time have a look at this BBC documentary about the Laki eruptions in 1783.

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32. clearlakemike
12:51 AM GMT on September 07, 2014


Barb, a photo of the 1907 lava flow that sliced through my 'hood! It came down from a vent on Mauna Loa a couple of thousand feet above here in an hour and half!

Lol, Sandi...yes, don't get me started on the corporate media! I call it "Murder, Mayhem and Madness". There are these little shacks that people built here for the Melennium Bug, lol. I guess they thought they were going to escape here to them when the Y2K disaster struck. A friend of mine accidentally called them the 201K shacks, lol. I said that is right, actually, as that is what people will be retiring into because their 401k's (US retirement scheme to replace pensions) lost half their value in 2008. We had a good chuckle about that...better to laugh than cry.
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31. sandiquiz
6:21 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Hi Barbara....hope the family weekend goes well.

Mike - I read that link you posted. It is very well written and he talks a whole load of sense. We do live in a mad media world. Just think how much money was spent on protecting us all from the Millennium Bug....and then nothing happened! Lol

Mind you, if it did blow, Hawaii will be the place to be :-(
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30. clearlakemike
4:02 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
A little vulcanoholic levity for you, Barb...

I have walked on that boardwalk but didn't realize at that time what really was underneath , lol.



The Yellowstone Supervolcano Goes Viral
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29. clearlakemike
12:49 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Oh, you are not annoying with all this volcano news...not at all. Fascinating stuff!! Admitting your addiction is the first step to recovery, Barb, lol. There are much worse -oholic things so I wouldn't worry too much about it! :-)

Yes, it will be interesting to see if the latest flow from Kilauea starts burning up homes. It is now only about .7 mile from a subdivision of them. I don't think this has happened here since the Kalapana lava flows in the early '80's. I am sad for the homeowners/residents. Losing your home unexpectedly in a natural disaster is a traumatic event.

Yes, the SO2 plume can be deadly. I was once out hiking on the Petroglyph trail in the Volcano national park here and a plume suddenly descended upon us. It was very thick and we had to scramble back up the trail away from it. Usually, by the time the SO2 reaches my area it is already very aerosolised and is just very irritating. One time, however, the civil defense did come driving through advising us to evacuate as it was very, very strong.

Thanks for all the links. Yes, the Icelandic eruptions are often very beautiful and dramatic!
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28. barbamz
11:15 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
Thanks Mike, and sorry to annoy you with this volcanic stuff under the headline of "heathland view" lol (have to confess, that at times I'm a volcanoholic since I was as a child).
Yes, you remember very well that I've been hiking the slopes of Aetna some years ago (though it wasn't erupting at this time, lol). Very interesting informations, thank you!

And I'm sorry to hear that you feel the impacts of "your" Hawaiian volcano in your nose and lung. In the volcano blog an Icelander living quite near the new eruption zone, just reportet that he tried to get near the fissures last night but was very affected by the strong smell of sulfur even at quite a distance ...

Nevertheless, here is another stunning video of the beautiful side of those events:

http://vimeo.com/105365343
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27. clearlakemike
5:10 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
But I think current news of the world of humans are even more apocalyptic than these innocent news of lava, stars and rains ...

Maybe "Mother" has had enough of us, Barb, lol...yes, I agree.

I thought you might find the following link interesting as I think you said that you have visited Mt. Etna. I didn't watch the video of the local Hawaii stuff as frankly, I am just not interested. But the references to past attempts at lava diversion were very interesting especially in Iceland during previous events and also what has been attempted at Mt. Etna in the past.

There have been some successful attempts at lava diversion elsewhere in the world. The most well-known and successful water-quenching effort was the campaign to save Vestmannaeyjar harbor at Heimaey Island, Iceland. A thick, blocky, slow-moving lava flow from an eruption of Eldfell volcano in January 1973 threatened to close off the harbor, a nationally important resource.
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Two other important lava diversions were attempted at Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. The earliest documented lava diversion was in 1669, when a channel feeding a lava flow headed toward the city of Catania was artificially breached by a group of Catania townsfolk. The effort was technically successful, but the celebration was short-lived, because the diverted flow headed for the town of Paterno, whose people were not pleased. The Paterno folk then prevented the Catania folk from maintaining their artificial breach, which sealed up. The flow continued toward Catania and produced substantial destruction.


Clamor For Lava Diversion Booed at Pahoa Meeting

The recent events here are on the other side of Mauna Loa/Kilauea from where I live. All we get from Kilauea is the SO2 plume and subsequent bad air quality problems. We get that more than the people on the east side who are currently being impacted by the lava flow as we are downwind from the prevailing northeast trade winds. The vog pools around us creating a nasty haze.
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26. barbamz
1:13 PM GMT on September 05, 2014


Bardarbunga plume
ESA, Released 05/09/2014 10:01 am
A plume of sulphur dioxide was detected drifting towards Europe from Iceland%u2019s Bardarbunga volcano late on 4 September 2014. These images are based on data from the Spinning Enhanced Visible & InfraRed Imager (SEVIRI) on the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) mission. ...


Sat pic from today.

Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection 5. September
September 5, 2014 1:30 pm

Breathtaking chopper video, uploaded yesterday (attention: it comes along with loud music!!!)

http://vimeo.com/105277259
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25. sandiquiz
9:27 AM GMT on September 05, 2014
Oh, heavens... there goes the Icelandic eruption they have been warning us about for a couple of weeks....:(

And yes, I did see the change of colour on the rainfall maps... yes, much more "scary" now!! lol
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24. barbamz
9:05 AM GMT on September 05, 2014

New video.

And to boot: Two new fissures opened up last night:


Frettastofa RUV %u200F@RUVfrettir
Two new fissures closer to #Dyngjujokull glacier discovered by our reporter @laraomars #Bardarbunga #Holuhraun pic.twitter.com/DlNC7tYfKk


Old fissure left, new ones right.
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23. WeatherWise
11:19 PM GMT on September 04, 2014
Wow, you have been really busy with the weather. Great Updates.
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22. barbamz
10:53 PM GMT on September 04, 2014
Apocalyptic, yeah Mike, lol. But I think current news of the world of humans are even more apocalyptic than these innocent news of lava, stars and rains ...

Although earthquakes and tremors lessened today the fissure eruption in Iceland near Bardarbunga is going on full force tonight (here my recent screenshot from the live cam):



Live stream:


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21. clearlakemike
10:40 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Wonderfully apocalyptic, Barb!
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20. barbamz
9:07 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Some stuff I've posted on the main blog today:

1. Europe goes tropical as I've often emphasized:

Vacationer killed by Baltic Sea bacteria
The Local Germany, Published: 01 Sep 2014 14:49 GMT 02:00
Six people were infected with a bacteria from the Caribbean which has made itself at home in the popular German vacation destination. One of them is now in a coma. ... (Get well soon! And thank you, Caribbean!)

2. In Germany you could even get a waterspout in your private garden as it happened this weekend in the northwestern part of my country:



3. Due to a lot of rain a rock got loose in eastern Germany and hit a road today:



4. The heat is on - in Iceland:



Screenshot I took earlier from the live stream of the eruption in Iceland near Vatnajokull. You see the tornado in the background? Really cool stuff happening there (a bit more in the comment section of my blog).

5. Close up video of the recent wedge tornado in south western Russia:
Incredible video of wedge tornado in Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, August 30!
Here is the link.

6. Here is the latest airmass pic of the Atlantic (what's about this cyclone over the Azores right now, heading towards Portugal?):



7. Another beautiful thing:



Amazing natural airglow over Tibet (NASA APOD Sept 1, 2014). The red and greenish glow is the natural airglow at about 90 km altitude. You really need a dark location to spot it with the naked eye. The interesting feature on this image is the concentric pattern: such ripples (gravity waves) sometimes form high above a very strong storm updraft. Quite amazing! Photo: Jeff Dai Source.
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19. barbamz
2:17 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Thanks for the good wishes which I return!

Sneaking in from office just to post this splendid video from Iceland:



Edit after coming home:




Great photo gallery of the Daily Mail.

Currently, after two more strong 4 earthquakes the eruptions seems to be shut down (for a while).

Edit: No, no shut down, lol.
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18. GardenGrrl
9:52 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
Cool volcano coverage thanks.
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17. GardenGrrl
9:52 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Happy September!
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16. WeatherWise
3:46 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
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15. barbamz
8:17 PM GMT on August 31, 2014

Fresh screenshot (one hour ago) from the eruption site near Bardarbunga/Iceland.
In the moment it's a mild fissure eruption with no ashy threat for the airlines.







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14. clearlakemike
6:56 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
Yes, 60m high lava fountains would have stolen the show for me too, Barb. I guess with most of Europe's air travel potentially at risk all eyes would be focused on Iceland currently. Especially considering the impact the last event had on air travel.
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13. barbamz
12:35 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
Hi, Mike, thank you. Very interesting; usually the volcano blog (volcano cafe) is very aware of developments in Hawaii. But now in Europe indeed all eyes are on the little fissure eruption in Iceland right now. Folks have been waiting for something happening in Iceland for four years now, and now volcanophils are very exited. Ex-Christobal is currently hampering the watch though. Scientists had to leave the place earlier because of the storm.



Fresh eruption: 60 m high lava fountains
Fyrst birt: 31.08.2014 09:49, 31.08.2014 11:30
The effusive eruption in Holuhraun that started early this morning is producing 50 - 60 meter high lava fountains, according to a volcanologist at the site. The active fissure is 1500 - 1800 meter long, considerably larger than the fissure that opened Friday morning.
According to Armann Hoskuldsson, volcanologist at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Sciences, who is at the site, the lava flow from the fissure is about 10-20 times more than Friday morning. The eruption is estimated to be 10 to 20 times bigger than the one Friday morning, and looks "robust" says Dr. Hoskuldsson. He says the highest lava fountains can be seen at the southern end of the fissure, but at the northern end, they are less powerful. The southern end of the fissure is about 4 kilometres north of the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier. ...




Fresh eruption north of Bardarbunga -video

Fyrst birt: 31.08.2014 06:41, 31.08.2014 09:33





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12. clearlakemike
7:46 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Seems like there has been increased activity in both volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide recently. Astronomical influences?
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11. clearlakemike
7:43 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Barb, this is not as exciting as Bardarbunga (like that name, lol,) although it might be to the people potentially involved and I thought you might be interested seeing this.

Source.

HVO, Civil Defense Give Latest Lava Flow Update

At least 175 people packed the Pahoa Community Center last night to hear Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua and Hawai`i County Civil Defense chief Daryl Oliveira provide the latest updates on the position of a lava flow threatening residential areas and infrastructure in Puna.
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10. barbamz
6:42 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Daily official updates on the development at Bardarbunga f.e. here:

Bardarbunga 2014

From today
There are no indications that the intensity of the activity declining.

At this moment it is unclear how the situation will develop. However, four scenarios are considered most likely:

- The migration of magma could stop, resulting in a gradual reduction in seismic activity and no further eruptions.

- The dike could reach the Earth’s surface north of Dyngjujökull causing another eruption, possibly on a new fissure. Such an eruption could include lava flow and (or) explosive activity.

- The intrusion reaches the surface and an eruption occurs again where either the fissure is partly or entirely beneath Dyngjujökull. This would most likely produce a flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum and perhaps explosive, ash-producing activity.

- An eruption in Bárðarbunga. The eruption could cause an outburst flood and possibly an explosive, ash-producing activity. In the event of a subglacial eruption, it is most likely that flooding would affect Jökulsá á Fjöllum. However it is not possible to exclude the following flood paths: Skjálfandafljót, Kaldakvísl, Skaftá and Grímsvötn.

Other scenarios cannot be excluded.


Nice site showing the ongoing earthquakes here (we are asked not to visit the official sites from the volcanological institute in Iceland too often because severs would crash); this is a substitute:

http://baering.github.io/
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9. GardenGrrl
2:33 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Thanks for the volcano coverage. Unless it is a total destructive disaster kind of thing we never hear about them in our news. The earth continues to change and grow.
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8. barbamz
11:09 AM GMT on August 30, 2014
Ex-Cristobal approaching Iceland and showeling nice weather for the week to come to Central Europe :-)





Great weekend, everybody!
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7. barbamz
2:26 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
GG, Mike, thanks for appreciating my humble shots; very welcome.
I'd been busy most of the week - or watching the grumbling volcano in Iceland, lol.

Sandi, here is Ex-Cristobal forecast to hit Iceland at Sunday - and in case an eruption would happen, bad weather certainly would inhibit any pictures :-(




Footage of the small fissure eruption early this morning which already has subsided.
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6. clearlakemike
4:27 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Another great tour, Barb. And yes, I am feeling pampered, lol. I like the photo of the grapes so much I just shared it to my blog. Vineyards always bring back such happy memories for me. Yes, the lighting on the grapes is fantastic. The artificial insect housing is very interesting to look at. Lots of interesting and beautiful things to ponder and gaze at on your magical tour.

PS...the ubiquitous German windmills also! :-)
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5. GardenGrrl
3:44 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hi, thanks for bringing us along on the hike. Your photos are great. Really like how you compose them. The portrait of the grapes illuminated by sunlight is fantastic.
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4. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
I told you the rain was coming! lo!

And looking at the rain radar map you and I both have in our blogs, it looks as though we are both in for more rain... and dear Cristobal seems it will head our way before it is finished!
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3. barbamz
9:06 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
Sandi, Shirley, thanks for your visits and very nice comments! Glad you liked the photos.

A lot of rain fell over night: 38mm in the last 24h in my gauge (59mm in 48h) - rarely seen as usually precipitation prefers to stay away from midtown at the lee side of Rhenish Hesse.


Wetteronline.de marked the rain records in Germany for the last 48h. Low Yasmin has been the deliverer.

But now it's sunny ...

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2. WeatherWise
9:03 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
What a refreshing trail photo tour! Thanks for taking us along. All beautiful photos - one that intrigued me was the 'artificial accomodation for insects'. Neat! Love the windmills and the view and neat shots of the vineyards and the open air tavern. Everyone looks so relaxed and pleasant - what a beautiful afternoon! Love the wildflowers with just a touch of soft blue - I can imagine myself lingering there a bit. The Ajax Tower is neat and perhaps my favorite is the Eagle Memorial because of what it stands for. A lovely series of photos and wonderful descriptions of your newly marked walking trail that is so close by for you. Thanks for taking us along - I am most impressed! I bet that was quite a climb on parts ot the trail - am tasting that buttery pretzel.
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1. sandiquiz
7:44 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
What a wonderful walk you took..and provided us with a photographic evidence.  I love the froggie scupture, it's great.  I do wonder what is represents?
Of all the photos, I love the one of the grapes!  The lighting on this shot is wonderful.
The rain we had the last two days is heading your way...sorry :-(
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