Driving over Iceland, you see signs of geothermal activity all around.
There’s steam rising at every corner – and water bubbling. We just had to stop to get a closer view.



Antarctica: Bad weather threatens rescue of stranded Russian ship

I spent yesterday following the progress of the Aurora Australis – unfortunately, no success yet – the weather is preventing it from reaching the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy. You can follow the operation live on twitter – @profchristurney is twittering from the Akademik Shokalskiy!

Peace and Freedom

This image taken by passenger Andrew Peacock on Dec. 30, shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy still stuck in the ice off East Antarctica, as it waits to be rescued.  Andrew Peacock / via AFP – Getty Images

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

The ice surrounding a trapped research ship in Antarctica appeared to be cracking but weather conditions threatened the efforts of a rescue vessel Sunday, the crew reported.

“Cracks are developing around the bow,” expedition leader and University of New South Wales Professor Christopher Turney tweeted as the 74 scientists, tourists and crew members on board waited for the ice-breaker Aurora Australis to arrive.

The Aurora reached the general vicinity of the MV Akademic Shokalskiy early Monday (Sunday afternoon, Eastern time). The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it was assessing the situation.

At about 5 p.m. ET Sunday, Turney told NBC News that he expected the…

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At the Balloon Festival

At the Balloon Festival by SpatzMe
At the Balloon Festival, a photo by SpatzMe on Flickr.

A memory of this years events – looking back at the fun balloon festival.
We had the chance to ride in a hot air balloon once a long time ago – wouldn’t it be fun to do that again?


Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher by SpatzMe
Cliffs of Moher, a photo by SpatzMe on Flickr.

Looking down the Cliffs of Moher was one of the highlights of our Ireland visit.
The rain kindly stopped while we walked around and enjoyed the sight – even though me managed to miss the puffins, again!


Meet Bo

It’s Bo, one of the Carlsberg Horses. Visiting the brewery was a lot of fun – and you could just go up to the horses. A young lady was brave enough to pet his nose 🙂

Via Flickr:
Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark


Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle by SpatzMe
Kilkenny Castle, a photo by SpatzMe on Flickr.

A glimpse of Ireland this morning – walking through the streets of Kilkenny, we came across this view.
We decided to have lunch in the restaurant on the left – what a view!


Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas by SpatzMe
Merry Christmas, a photo by SpatzMe on Flickr.

It’s Christmas and I’d like to thank everyone for their support and kindness – I’m so happy you’re all here, reading my entries, viewing my photographs and even following my blog!
Thank you again and have a wonderful holiday!