75,000 visitors !!! Thank you !!!
Just five months ago, the total number of visits to my photo stream had reached an amazing 50,000, and now - with a little help from Etna - it's roared past 75,000 (seventy-five thousand !!!) visitors.
So in return you'll get to see how that dark monster sitting near the summit of Etna, the New Southeast Crater, looked early this morning, 19 January 2012. It is silent but all snow that has recently fallen on it has melted (indicating that the huge pile of volcanic rock that has accumulated in little more than one year). Moreover, the gas issuing from a fumarole (volcanic gas vent) on its northeastern rim has shown a somewhat "dirty", dark hue since yesterday, so we might not be all that far away from the next paroxysmal eruptive episode from this crater. Yet, it's always the volcano to have the last word on the issue, and so we all patiently wait and, in the meantime, enjoy the return of crystal-clear, sunny (though unusually cold) weather to Sicily.
Thank you all, Flickr friends and everybody else, for casting the occasional eye on my photostream. As we're heading toward 100,000, be sure that I strongly appreciate every single visit and every comment and fave, though often I do not find the time to thank all of you individually.