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the island of Stromboli

During my stay on the island, we did a hike to the top of the active Stromboli volcano. We started climbing an hour or two before sunset, that way, we could see the lava during nightfall. It was so intense to see those huge fountains of lava, some of them more than 10 or 15 meters high(!) and enormous clouds of smoke and ash were drifting just above our heads. We had to wear special masks to protect us from the gasses. A couple of meters next to me, there was this huge boulder that, according to our guide, wasn't there two weeks earlier. I could only think that my helmet wouldn't be sufficient to protect me if a new giant rock would decide to park at the exact same spot where i was standing. All this was so overwhelming that i decided *not* to shoot any pictures but just watch the spectacle while the adrenaline was rushing through my body. The only thing i did shoot were a couple of short clips with my cell phone, just to capture the atmosphere. One featuring me wearing a helmet and mask and one featuring an eruption of lava.

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Taken on November 21, 2007