Posts Tagged ‘ Volcano ’

Valley Of The Blue Flame.


We know this sounds straight out of a Star Wars film, but Ruben Wu was on a trip to visit the Ijen and Bromo Tengger Semeru volcanoes in East Java last month.  Not all of it sounds that strange… he’s a Chicago-based photographer that captured the unusual sight of molten sulphur.  Ok, well, now it gets weird again.  Molten sulphur flows from fumaroles at the base of the aptly named Blue Fire Crater at Ijen. The area is usually swarming with tourists, but Wu stayed after sunset until the moon rose to capture these otherworldly images.

The journey into the Ijen Caldera is not for the faint hearted. A two-hour trek up the side of the rocky volcano is followed by another 45-minute hike down to the bank of the crater. The blue fire found at the base is the result of ignited sulphuric gas that burns up to 600 degrees Celsius (1,112 degrees Fahrenheit) and can flare up to 5 meters (16 feet) into the air. It is the largest “blue flame” area on Earth.  Check the photos out.

Is Your Watch Made From An Active Volcano?


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As the smoke barely clears on the Icelandic Volcano, one brand is already seeking to capitalize on all the chaos and disruption caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull.  (I think thats how you spell it).  Romain Jerome introduces the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA, a unique-piece memento of the eruption that tortured air travelers and newsreaders the world over.  Like the other pieces in the DNA series the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA incorporates an element of the event it is celebrating in its design.

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Just as the Moondust-DNA featured actual dust from the moon on the dial, so too does the Eyjafjallajökull feature actual ash and rock from the volcano.  What is truly special, however, is the remarkable effect Romain Jerome has been able to achieve with the design of the dial.  It actually gives the appearance that hot lava is bubbling just below the surface, ready to unleash its full force at any second.  The piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity confirming that the volcanic rock and the ash used to create it do indeed come from the infamous volcano.

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Japanese Fanta Commercials Are The Greatest.


I’m sure many readers remember the “Fantanas”, which were Fanta’s attempt at using sex appeal to sell flavored soda.  There have been a few different changes to the line up of Fantanas, but to me the originals were always the best, especially the red one (who’s actual name is K.D. Aubert… the walking Viagra pill).  But it never occurred to me that in other countries, marketing directors may have gone in other directions to try and sell Fanta… until I saw the old school Japanese ads.  The set of ads for Fanta below were all exclusively created for the market in Japan, and feature a different direction than the ones I was used to growing up.  That being said, I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard ever in life.  Check the method below, and keep in mind that there are TONS more of these ads scattered around the web.

Photos of Sakurajima Volcano.


On a visit to Japan in 2010, “alien landscape” photographer Martin Rietze captured some spectacular images of Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima, and the images flew all across photography sites the world over.  I’ve seen this incredibly beautiful collection of images tons of times, but something today just struck me, and I thought that although I see this collection all the times doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone else has… So I figured I’d share it.

4th Of July on Almanore Lake.


I know that over the last few days, my blog has slowed down quite a bit. The frequency and depth of posts have been slacking since the 2nd of July. The reason for this was me taking a vacation with a couple of friends out on Lake Almanore. We all took off work, came, relaxed, met new people, and had an amazing time Jet skiing, boating, swimming, and drinking. (most of the time we did anything was also spend drinking.) I shared some pictures and videos on my personal facebook page, but the ones for the public are just below. Check the method. (And thank you SO much to everyone who was there to make that trip so fun.)

My Top 30 Memories.


The 2002, December 4th Eclipse.

 

I was thinking recently about my future, and later on in life how I would describe world changing events of my past to my children as I experienced them.  We’ve all heard that a picture says 1,000 words, which in most cases is 100% true, so I dug up some collections of pictures and was able to comprise a set of 30 photos that exemplify some of the most important memories spanning the last decade or so.  The photos aren’t in chronological order (they’re a bit boring when arranged that way), and this isn’t every major event that’s happened since 2000, just the ones that I remember the most. Check the method below, and if you remember any of these events, let me know what you think, and your opinion of the pictures that represent them.  I’m extremely curious to hear what people have to say.

September 11th 2001

The Infamous ''Britney/Madona'' Kiss August 28th 2003

October 15th 2005, An Iraqi man is arrested for having bombs in his car.

September 11th 2006, World Trade Center Momument goes up.

December 27th, Mark Zuckerberg wins Time Magazine's Person of the Year award for Facebook.

February 20th, 2008, Barack Obama is on the campaign trail for President of the US.

The Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts. April 22nd, 2010

October 4th 2003, The Governator is nearing completion of dominative the California Elections.

June 20th, 2004, An Israeli border policeman fires teargas canister during a protest by Palestinians

The final flight of the Concorde Jet (Flight 216). November 26, 2003.

Saddam Hussein after his capture is shown during a press conference in Baghdad, December 14, 2003.

Fireworks light up Sydney's Harbour Bridge during the closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney October 1, 2000.

Michael Phelps becomes the first single athlete to win 8 Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. August 11, 2008.

My boy Usain Bolt of Jamaica becomes the fastest man in the world. August 20, 2008.

Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, July 7, 2009. The Jackson family mourns the death of Michael Jackson.

The war in the Middle East rages on in the Kunar Province August 12, 2009.

The 58th Cannes Film Festival, May 13th 2005. Paris Hilton reminds us that you don't have to be talented to be famous.

Fireworks illuminate the sky around a euro sculpture, designed by German artist Ottmar Hoerl on January 1st, 2002, to celebrate the birth of the 'Euro'.

Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled punchcard ballot November 23, during the 2000 presidential elections.

Elian Gonzalez, held by Donato Dalrymple, is taken by U.S. federal agents from his Miami relatives April 22, 2000.

Michael Jackson holds an unidentified child, covered with a towel in Berlin Germany, November 19, 2002.

Former President George W. Bush addresses U.S. Army soldiers and their families at Fort Hood, Texas, January 3, 2003.

A man walks in the street near the World Trade Center towers in New York City, early September 11, 2001.

Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003.

November 19, 2001. Former President George W. Bush looks like a jackass. (This is neither the first or last time it would occur.)

A ''wardrobe malfunction'' marrs the Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, on February 1, 2004. This is the most searched photo in internet history.

Elmont, New York, April 9, 2009. Protests begin against foreclosures in response to the failing U.S. economy.

November 4, 2008. Barack Obama is declaried the winner of the 2008 Presidential elections... And I'm stuck in class.

Richard Fuld, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lehman Brothers Holdings, October 6, 2008, signifying a response to the economic downturn.