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Saturday, April 17, 2010


In these last two years it seems like the world is a pot that is being stirred. What first was under, is now up, and visa versa. It's not my intent to stir up fear or worry, but lately it  looks as if anything that seemed stable, is being shaken one or another way. The economic system, the way we live, our job, house, the roads being shaken by earthquakes, and yesterday even a volcano in Iceland has become active. 

An Eastern wind is blowing, and ashes are in the air up to Russia, making it impossible for airplanes to fly. Now, Europe's airways are paralyzed. Thousands of people are stranded in Europe. I've heard that the last time this volcano was active, it was active for two years. That would be disastrous, not to know when one can come back!

Hopefully night and day will remain? *

Hopefully the sun will still shine during the day
and the moon come up at night 

Corona del Mar -beach
Hope that the seas will remain  calm 
and keep its cycles of ebb and flow 
hope that weary travelers can come home soon
 Hope that a few things will remain the same.

* a pic of hubby's night photography


Vigor said...

Love the very first one. I do not know the name of the flower and but I do know, it is beautiful. Especially the bud. Especially in full zoom.
Coming week day I am going to take some macro of flowers, see how it is. :)

Twain12 said...

i hope so too

Whitemist said...

Not quite a Krakatoa and last year about this time we had 2 volcanoes, one in Alaska and one in Siberia. They were not as strong as this one, but did cause a cooler summer in my area due to SO4 in the atmosphere.
Of course this caused the anti global warming people great joy, saying it was not so, see!

But Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are a normal course of the Earth's history, we have just had a fairly quiet number of millennium.

Enjoy all that you can, while it is here, there is beauty even in the volcano and the sunsets it is producing!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful pictures.
I agree, the world seems a bit unsettling, I so identify with your sentiments. I am not sure if this is perhaps because the news is so easily accessible these days?
The volcano has certainly caused some troubles, but the planes are grounded due to the direction of the wind. Even if the volcano spews ash for two years, this does not mean a shut down of airports for this long.;)
Have a lovely, worry free weekend,

Diane AZ said...

The night time picture is my favorite. It does seem that change is the only constant. But I do hope a few things remain, especially day and night like you mentioned! I also feel the weariness of the stranded travelers and hope they can get home soon.

California Girl said...

I am struck by this too. I was raised in the Baptist church. we spent a great deal of time on various books of the Bible. Revelations was one of the most intriguing and confusing. Everyone wants to know when the end will come.

As a child, when I worried about it, my father would quote the following,

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." MATT 24:36
New International Version (©1984)

None of us know, regardless of our beliefs, but it's hard not to think about it.

Clytie said...

Your beautiful pictures make me think of HOPE. It's easy to despair on seeing the world's trials and tribulations, but HOPE is always there. Beauty is HOPE's promise to us.

I wish you the best of weekends!

Stephanie V said...

It's hard to imagine being stranded somewhere that was a holiday and becomes a kind of prison. Maybe we will have a little more darkness with the clouds of ash? Will they get this far?
In the meantime, we can live our lives and smell the flowers.

DawnTreader said...

When I first heard the news about the ashes from the volcano, it was very hard to believe because the sun was shining from a clear blue sky. At the same time as technology makes us vulnerable - without it, we wouldn't know what's going on...

jeannette said...

Thank you! I'll pass it on -it's a photo of hubby, and I hope he gets a macro lens soon!

But don't worry or fear, okay?

Oh yeah, also the lava is an awesome sight! It's not I myself am worrying about "the end", but are emphatic about the people who are stranded, not knowing how long this is going to take!
By the way, how is a volcano becoming active a contra-indication of global warming?

I am myself not unsettled, but it's tiring/stressful to keep hearing about the natural disasters and how it effects people, and of course because of the accessibility of the news it is like it happens in your own backyard!
I wonder why you think that the plane restrictions don't have to last as long as the volcano is active? Do you mean that the ashes will settle after a while?
Yes, I knew that the direction of the wind is the culprit(wind- period-is causing the plane engines to "freeze")
You have a good weekend too!

I smiled at your comment that the only constant is change

California Girl,
Of all readers, I had not guessed you were a Baptist Girl-maybe because your views on your blog do not seem to be of that persuasion?:)
It was not my intent to make people fear or worry about what's going on (and I'll add it to my post), but many seem to be suffering to various degrees these days.

You're bringing up a subject that I kinda don't know what do with: hope! Not that I worry or fear these things, but hope seems so elusive (even though I know it's a promise to us) I guess I haven't caught on to it yet what it "is"!

It's for the "stranded" ones in one way or another that I had in mind when I wrote this post. Sometimes letting the other one know that you understand their struggle is an encouragement.

jeannette said...

What you're describing sounds eerie! Hope for the people from Europe and the people traveling to and fro from there, won't have this stressor for too long:)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes, Jeannette, I always think that an earthquake must be the most terrible thing to experience - when the very ground beneath ones feet gives way.
This volcano - on such a volcanic island - would be rather exciting were it not for the effects on air traffic. However, it is rather nice, here in the flight path of planes from the South to the States, to suddenly see the sky empty of vapour trails.
There were particles of volcanic ash on our cars yesterday. We have in the past had sand from the Sahara, so it is not a unique phenomenon.

jeannette said...

Yeah I heard that this volcano has effectively paralized the Eur. airways!
You got to be kidding...all the way from the Sahara?? The only ash I have seen on our cars and driveways were from the fires closeby (mostly Oct./Nov).
By the way I sincerely hope that your back is getting better...did you ever check out Can't lose anything:) Wishing you a total recovery!

Barry said...

Eyjafjallajökull has only erupted three times since the Vikings settled the island in the ninth century, most recently nearly two centuries ago when it blew intermittently for 14 months in the early 1820s– an alarming enough prospect for air traffic across the Atlantic.

And each occasion, it has been followed within months or a year or so by a major eruption at Katla. That volcano has also blown another 20 or so times in its own right, on average once every 60 to 80 years – so another is long overdue as it last exploded in 1918.

That eruption dwarfed what the world has seen from Eyjafjallajökull in recent days, producing about 10 times as much molten rock and throwing ash an estimated 60,000 ft into the sky.

So, perhaps, we ain't seen nothin' yet.

Rudee said...

I wouldn't mind being stranded for a short period of time while on holiday, but for an indefinite stretch, I'd worry.

The earth is unsettled, but if you go to the USGS website, you'll see she actually shakes, rattles and rolls every single day. Lately, we've had some big events in populated areas, but Mother Earth is busy every day.

Rebecca said...

Love the lighting on those flowers.

jeannette said...

Obviously you have already researched it -fascinating! And thank you for all the info!

Wow, you and Barry should have written this post -since I only wrote down my feelings and didn't do any research LOL I'll go and have a look at the website you mentioned -thanks:)

Thank you Rebecca, it's one of hubby's night photography:) I'll pass it on to him...

Dina said...

We can't be sure of anything on the planet anymore.
Yes, let's hope ...

California Girl said...

Hey! I said I was "raised" in the Baptist church. I attend a congregational style community church now and the pastor is a Chinese Buddhist who preaches the gospel but only believes Christ was a great teacher. I still believe in God and Jesus and heaven and hell. I just don't get all worked up about it...except Revelations. :)

jeannette said...

The ones who believe in G_d have most hope of all:)

jeannette said...

California Girl,
Your comment made me smile, because I did "get" that you were "raised" as such - I was joking with you:)

California Girl said...

Okay. Now I feel stupid. But my minister really is a Chinese Buddhist who preaches the gospel.

Pam said...

The flower in your first photo is stunning. Nice shot!

jeannette said...

California Girl,
by now you've gotten my email:) Have a great weekend.

This is a photo form hubby who just recently got into photography -night photography is his strongest side I think! Well pass on your comment to him:)

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Great photos! Love that Ship!

jeannette said...

Thank you for taking the time to visit me! Isn't that ship impressive?