Beginnings on Etna

Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and it’s been very active in the last year. When I visited in June 2013, it wasn’t possible to climb it because of the eruptions in April.  I could still tour the area and the best views of Etna are possible from the 1800 metres Monti Sartorius,which I did climb.

Travelling around Etna you will see lava flow, both recent and ancient. Where there has been a flow, vegetation takes times to recover, but gradually signs of life appear through the ash.


Where there are full grown trees, they have grown through lava from way back.  Christmas tree sized and the lava is not so old, and in places where there is only low growing plant life, soapworts for example, the lava is from very recent eruptions. So, the flora is beginning to re-establish itself.

Click on my photo for a closer view.

This post is for Cheri Lucas Rowlands WPC at


16 thoughts on “Beginnings on Etna

  1. Intriguing to think of seed dispersal and how the elements contrive to restore barren landscapes. We sailed past Monseratt in the Caribbean after one of the eruptions and it was desolately devastated.

  2. fascinating place Gilly, an active volcano from ancient history still active in such a built-up area! we explored Pompei in the late 70’s … I wonder if people expect it to erupt like that again??

  3. how cool is this. Mt Baker in northwest Washington (USA) is one of the closest volcanoes in my neck of the woods. It has been dormant since forever, it seems. the closest i have been to an active volcano was on the Big Island of Hawaii. quite fascinating they are.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. New life sprouting from once a hot lava laden soil, just a promise of something good and hopeful. Thanks for sharing such an adventure filled trip. A great start for 2014! Wishing you and your family a New Year full of wonderful blessings.

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