. ( ( growing gray cloud of smoke and ash ) ) ( ( expanding mass of poisonous gas ) ) ( ( billowing upwards into the air ) ) a ( ( dark omen of ) ) s ( ( despair ) ) h ( \ // ) ( \ // ) g ( \ // ) e \\\ ///// n \\\///// t the l peak's top y exploding right off glacial snows melting down f lava flows heading for the town a terror! destruction! fright erupting out l extinct beast awakens, roaring primal shout l mountain trembling, earth shaking, people quaking s in fear and wonder, transfixed by summit torn asunder fire and fury blend with the sky as we flee and ponder why we await this rage from the earth but the beauty makes it worth all the deadly risks we know we face in living at this volcano's base
I recently visited some stunning towns sitting at the base of active volcanoes.
I was left contemplating this tension between the beauty and potential carnage.
(This one doesn't seem to look quite right on a phone. Try it with a rotated screen.)