Amazing Northern Lights Over a Volcano Pictures
I really was having a kinda shitty day until I saw theses and remembered:
View all of the beautifully amazing images here at Wired.com
The volcano eruption of May 2010 that closed down the airspace of 20 European countries is best known for the inconvenience it unleashed on travelers. But weeks before that it was creating gorgeous vistas for one intrepid photographer.
James Appleton had traveled to Iceland in early April and risked his life to capture a rare scene — the Northern Lights and the glowing lava of an erupting volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, in the same frame.
“They shut the whole mountain down [in mid-April] but I got in before,” says Appleton.
Appleton’s vulcanologist friend had alerted him to the unfolding natural drama in late March and the photographer set out a week later from Cambridge, England, where he lives.
“I booked a flight, hitchhiked straight to the bottom of the mountain, spent one night there and the next day made the eight-hour hike to the top,” says Appleton.