The Eyjafjallajokull volcano (pronounced EY-ya-fyat-lah-YOH-kuht) in Iceland is being photographed in ways that inspire great enthusiasm for natural earth processes. Although many people have been inconvenienced by this eruption, the views of the eruption are spectacular. I include a few here. These photos were posted on the Boston Globe web site and I share them with you in case you missed that link.
Satellite view of the enire island of Iceland with the Eyjafjallajokull volcano sprwading its plume to the south in the lower portion of the view.
A steam blast rises from the crater of the volcano. Steam appears white in these blasts.
The upward movement of the ash cloud creates electrical charges that are expressed as lightning bolts within it. These night time photos allow the bolts to be clearly seen.
Looks like the bolts are striking throughout the plume interior
Spectacular photo showing the proximity to some dwellings in Iceland
Close-up view on the upwind side of the blast. Note the dense ash cloud rising from the crater.
A wall of airborne ash approaching a rural Icelandic road
Aerial view of the plume cloud drifting towards Europe