Memories for Miriam, Alice, Theo, Delia, Tessa
and anyone else who would like to be here
Last summer we drove along the Chain of Craters Road to see the volcano. It was pretty quiet, with a few Nene geese, in the picture we took (above). We saw the fences that were at the edge of the cliff to keep visitors from falling down the cliff into the crater. We saw gifts to the goddess Pele that people left, such as food and flowers.
Last week everything changed at this crater. In the next photos, which were posted on the park website, you can see the same area.
Behind the fence, a huge plume of smoke, ash, steam, and boulders has erupted explosively. This is the first time in about 80 years that there has been such an eruption. The road is closed because the air is full of nasty sulfurous fumes and it's too dangerous to be around the volcano now.
Above is the parking lot where we parked -- now covered with ash.
For more pictures including these, and updates on what's happening there, see the Hawaii Volcano National Park Website
. Also, a webcam
now shows what's happening at this new eruption site.
The first picture shows what Mona Lisa looked like in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, about 14 years ago.
The second picture is a copy of a post card from almost 100 years ago. Not long before this card was made, in 1911, a man stole the Mona Lisa and kept it for about a year. The card was made while the Mona Lisa was missing, to show how it had been. Soon afterwards, the police in Italy found the painting and returned it to Paris.
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You know that I collect funny Mona Lisas. I will put some pictures here for you to look at. To start with, here's my Mona Lisa Rubber Duckie. I think she is silly, do you?
Labels: Mona Lisa