Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More from Simandou

This week I took some long distance photos on the point and click camera that I am using for work using the inbuilt zoom.  When the sky is blue and the air (mostly) clear its spectacular here.

Big Sky

A local village in the distance

Home sweet home!

One of our neigbours

 I know the last few posts have been short on words and long on photos, it'll be a longer post next time, honest...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

And you think your commute is tough....

Today I took some photos along the route up to where we are doing some of our work (we are working on two ridges, Ouelaba and Pic de Fon, the photos are from Pic de Fon).  It really is spectacular here!

Looking North

Looking South

Looking East

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We got a kitten!

In my absence the Bradley-Trombetta household has grown.  Toffee (briefly known as Obi-Wan) has joined the clan.

Toffee's first photo

Play time

Getting to know the new family member

Ela examining Toffee

Pig tailed girl and kitten


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More lunar landscapes from Pic de Fournaise

Pictures from the moon

Well I'm back at work in Guinea now but while I was home my brother Michael and his son (my godson) Matthew flew over to visit us for a couple of weeks and to enjoy the island.  It was great to have them over and we have more visitors promised later in the year so we are looking forward to them too.

Their visit gave me the excuse to go see some of the Island that I haven't gotten around to yet, including the active volcano, Pic de Fournaise.   And oh my, is it spectacular!  The barren "lunar" landscape is such a change from the forests and shoreline of the rest of the island.

We were able to drive to the wall of the outer caldera and look accross to the inner caldera (there is a footpath to the edge of the inner caldera but we didn't venture that far, next time we will).

The last eruption was in 2008 (I believe) so there hasn't been that much time for plants to recolonise the volcano as can be seen from the pictures below.

A mini vent from an old eruption

A view of the inner caldera

Lunar landscape