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Stromboli's Freebie


Never once did we read in all our cruise materials that we would cruise past the Island of Stromboli after passing through the Messina Strait (at Italy's toe) on our way to Rome!
You can imagine our utter delight at seeing up close and personal one of Italy's 3 active volcanoes.  It's been in a continuous state of eruption for the last 2000 years.

And I thought it was a cloud!

Have a bombastic weekend.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Stromboli's Freebie


Never once did we read in all our cruise materials that we would cruise past the Island of Stromboli after passing through the Messina Strait (at Italy's toe) on our way to Rome!
You can imagine our utter delight at seeing up close and personal one of Italy's 3 active volcanoes.  It's been in a continuous state of eruption for the last 2000 years.

And I thought it was a cloud!

Have a bombastic weekend.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (50)

Wow! Smashing image, Ginnie, (I love the layers of clouds and steam) and really interesting, too.
Ginnie Hart: It was such an unexpected treat, Red Pen! Thanks.
What absolutely perfect lighting!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It was around 1p Italy time so was at the brightest time of the day!
Right place, right time, a great image with good colour.
Ginnie Hart: I still can't believe it, Les. We were so lucky! Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:31
Ginnie this is easily the best shot you've shown us here on the 'chance and it's going straight into my likeys !

J
Ginnie Hart: You have really humbled me, Johnny. Thank you kindly.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:43
This is a wonderful shot, Ginnie! You should hang this on the wall.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I've only printed one of my photos ever and that was the one I used for our Christmas card last year. I don't have any more wall space at home. grin But you're sweet, Martin. Thanks.
  • ChaCha
  • N York C
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:53
Awesome!
Have a fab weekend too Granny!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, NaCha. Thanks.
Esto es increible, Ginnie. Asombroso y a la vez de una belleza sin igual. Estoy seguro que de las centenares de imágenes que tomarían los viajeros del crucero, ésta es la foto que define la erupción! Bravo!

This is incredible, Ginnie. Amazing and simultaneously of a beauty without equal. I am sure that of the hundreds of images that would take the travellers from the cruise, this one is the photo that defines the eruption! Bravo!
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind with your words, José Angel. Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 03:07
It is a really AWESOME shot! I would love to see it with my own eyes.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe some day you will have that chance, Rags. I hope so. Thanks.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, United States of North America
  • 16 Nov 2007, 04:27
Ginnie,
Your sense of composition is admirable. You steadily prove it time after time. Apparently, you didn't study it, having a background in accounting (if I'm not mistaken). That leads me to a conclusion that you were born to be an artist, but no one knew it, till you rediscovered it yourself.
Ginnie Hart: You're right about the background in accounting, Viktor, though my degree was in Linguistics! But I do think one is born with that compositional skill and I do come from a very artistic family, even into my grandparents' generation. Your words are very touching to me...you have no idea. Thank you.
I've never seen this one but I've seen the Etna volcano in Sicilia. Impressive moutain and... dangerous sometimes. I like the golden reflects on the sea.
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Flo, there is small village of approximately 400 residents (you can see it on the left side) that lives there unafraid because the eruptions have always happened in the same place all these years, on the other side from them (back side of this photo). That amazed me more than anything! Thanks for your comment.
Wow, lovely scene
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Labinjo, for stopping by and commenting.
cette photo est vraiment grandiose! magnifique! tu as sur cette photo l'essentiel de tout
Ginnie Hart: You're always a sweetheart, O-P! Thank you.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Nov 2007, 06:25
Stupendous, Ginnie.
I had to find a superlative that I have not used before for this brilliant image, Ginnie.
Everything about this picture works. It even makes me think of Ingrid Bergman.
Ginnie Hart: Man! Now I'm totally blushing-red! Thanks, Ray. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 06:43
Wow- unreal shot. The clouds look alive! Really nice!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jewlya. It was totally unreal for me!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Nov 2007, 06:56
Beautiful capture Ginnie!!
Amazing skye...Lovely!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely a treat of a lifetime, Petra. smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • in a night shift daze
  • 16 Nov 2007, 07:48
Fantastic shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 16 Nov 2007, 07:51
Ditto everyone else multiplied by 10. A likey for sure!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Kathryn. Thank you.
Utterly amazing, Ginnie. What a bonus for you, and for me on my virtual cruise. The sky is already fantastic, but with the plume from the volcano layed on top, it is breathtaking. Can`t wait to see where we are going next! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope that "next" is not a disappointment after this one, Roz. But thank you for your kind words.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 07:56
I love the electric blue in the sky, with the white vapour from the volcano. As you say it's like a cloud(fluffy like cotton wool).

This shot is a corkerwinkPERFECT.smile
Ginnie Hart: You would have been as surprised and thrilled as I was, Tracy. What a memory! Thank you.
  • Mal
  • 16 Nov 2007, 08:14
It's been inactive for ages Ginnie, It just got a bit upset when it heard you were comming! lol

super shot, wonderful conditions for the image. mal
Ginnie Hart: It was such a perfect day, Mal (after so much rain). We were so lucky! Thank you.
A perfect one ! And a likey for my collector smile
Ginnie Hart: You honor me, my friend! Thank you.
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 08:59
wow. just wow. this is so good!! a highlight of my surfing day!
Ginnie Hart: So glad I could give you another highlight, David. We gave each other a buzz, I think. smile
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:05
Now that is truely awesome !!!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought when I saw it, Shakara! Thanks.
An excellent capture, Ginnie! Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:56
A gorgeous shot! Everybody may be touched by this phenomenon and its eternal activity and natural force! Some years ago I self have seen the Stromboli, as I stayed at the Vulcano island, and I remember the Italian films "Stromboli" and "Vulcano" with Anna Magnani, full of deep human passions erupting like the vulcano!
Ginnie Hart: Wow! You have gotten closer to this than I have, Philine. Good for you. I love the little village on the left of those 400+ residents who are not afraid at all of this volcano. All these years it has spewed forth its lava on only one side of the mountain, so I guess they're safe. Thanks.
Just the perfect shot Ginnie. Every ingredient is in there
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
One of your finest Ginnie. Lovely colour, perfect composition. If this is the standard we are going to get from this cruise, I can't wait. Have a good weekend yourself.
Ginnie Hart: I certainly hope I don't disappoint going forward, Bill, because not all the photos are like this. But this one surely was a pleasant surprise. Thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 16 Nov 2007, 12:10
You've really caught the power, dear sister. The combination of the colors, clouds, steam, shapes, textures, is just splendiferous!
Ginnie Hart: It was a treat of a lifetime, dear Ruth! I'll never forget it. Thanks.
Nice shot Ginnie - looks like a pretty explosive cloud...
Ginnie Hart: Very much so, Bernie. I'll never forget it! Thanks.
This is truly AMAZZZING, stunning picture. good work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Gishan!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 16 Nov 2007, 15:30
You lucky lucky lady, this is one GREAT picture, those clouds are smashing, glad the captain took this route!
Ginnie Hart: I really felt lucky, Astrid. Actually, we surely went right past this volcano earlier in the cruise when we went through the Messina Strait in the middle of the night. If I had known we were passing it, it might have been worth it to have gotten up to see what it looked like at night. Oh well. I'm just glad I got it this once. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 16 Nov 2007, 15:38
Brochure material Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. Now, if only I could find the right brochure! smile Thanks, Chris.
A lovely photograph Ginnie that I am sure you are very satisfied with - I know I would be. Technically excellent and a great memory captured with skill.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mike, I was very pleased with how this came out, especially since I'll probably never see it again! Thanks.
  • Ted
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:53
Wow, Ginnie! What a gorgeous shot. It's a beautiful location. An interesting subject. It's composed well. The colors are nice and vibrant.

And wait... are those buildings on the left?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ted! There's a little village of approx. 400+ residents who are unafraid of the volcano. It has never spewed it's lava on any other side except the back side, so I guess they're safe?! Thanks.
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:55
WOW! Amazing photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 19:08
Excellent picture, composition and reflection. Are you now also fiddling around with HDR ? The colours are very rich.
Ginnie Hart: I did the cheap HDR (Multipy), Louis, which is the only HDR I've ever done. Don't know if I'll ever do the real thing. smile Anyway, thanks!
Volcanicity is a fascinating subject ... So may anacdotal writings about the personal experiences of eruptions. Glad you saw the passive Stromboli. I'm so envious, particularly having had a physical geography background. Yummy. richard
Ginnie Hart: Volcanicity! I like that word, Richard. Wish you could have been there with us! Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Nov 2007, 21:53
Wow! What a shot!

Perfect colour, perfect composition ... do I need to say more?
Ginnie Hart: You're very sweet and kind, Ellie. Thanks.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 17 Nov 2007, 02:02
AWESOME!
Ginnie Hart: Aw shucks! smile Thanks, Helen.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 18 Nov 2007, 11:29
I'm sure Stromboli was waiting for you, just to make this wonderful "smoke signal" grin I have this kind of mesmerizing feeling about volcanoes, the Lords of Fire and Lava...Amazing picture, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I know exactly what you mean, Lina. Thank you.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 19 Nov 2007, 05:12
OMG, even I thought it was a cloud Ginnie. These are awesome shots here - thanx a lot for sharing smile
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Thomas. I've missed you!
Very dramatic and powerful shot, wicked!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel!
  • Ted
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2007, 20:36
Way, w-a-y too cool! Or is that hot? You not only got the volcano, but also beautiful light off the water.
Ginnie Hart: It was very, very exciting, Ted, as you'd guess. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
I can see this on the front cover of National Geographic! Such a Pro shot Ginnie. It's wonderful to see this in image form but it must have been amazing to witness in real life.
  • Kay
  • Wet and rainy Pacific Northwest
  • 13 Dec 2007, 01:47
Likey, here, Ginnie! I love it. What a picture perfect shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay, for backtracking. That means a lot!
  • aloy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 09:02
Have to agree with the other comments on this picture, the best one I've seen in your collection hands down
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Lloyd, to make this comment. Thanks a million. Hope you're doing well!
Ginnie this is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen...feels like I am dreaming looking at it...WELL DONE!!! I hope I can someday have the opportunity to photograph something like this with the same competence...There are 50 comments already, I doubt there is anything else I can add that has not been said...YOU ARE BRILLIANT xxx
Ginnie Hart: You have totally humbled me, Yafeth! I'm speechless. Kinder words could not have been spoken and you have made my day. Thank you very much!
  • Claus
  • denmark
  • 24 Jul 2008, 17:53
Amazing image, and a real show of force of our nature!
Ginnie Hart: It was a sight to behold, Claus! I'll never forget it! Thanks.
Wow this looks like it must have been quite an experience to see this in real life! Beautiful shot!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Claus, and that seems like eons ago. smile
awesome shot! love the blue tones and the power of this image is evident
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. I'll never forget seeing this!

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