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|