Thursday, April 15, 2010

Volcanic Ash Fife

Today was naturally spring like, enhanced by the absence of overflying aircraft due to the Volcanic ash Plume spreading towards the UK and Northern Europe. I thought the sunset tonight would be enhanced but alas not, here anyway.

An image made available by NEODASS/University of Dundee, just over the River Tay from where I sit, which shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland, top left, to the north of Britain as received by NASA's Terra Satellite at 11.39 GMT Thursday April 15, 2010. All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south. The UK's air traffic control service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in UK airspace until at least 0700 BST on Friday amid fears of engine damage. The airspace restriction was the worst in living memory, a spokesman said. Pumice, acidic and abrasive volcanic ash, natural pollution. As if there isn't enough about.

Last evening April 14th over The Tay.

Spring, a time of renewal, a point of change and regrowth as in these emerging horse chestnut leaves, soft, limp, vibrant.

Sycamore flowers, the fronds turn and hang down with the growth of leaves yielding the seeds that we are more familiar with. Just now fresh green growth bursting through, an uplifting time of the year.

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