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Vulcanelli di Macalube [20080131|22:46]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Mock us for our size, do you?


If Nature gave Mount Etna to the Sicilians to remind them to respect her authority, then she gave them the Vulcanelli di Macalube to remind them that she has a sense of humor, too.

Less than a meter high, they don't erupt so much as belch apologetically. The ground immediately around them consists of thousands of layers of cracked, dried mud, interspersed with pools of stagnant yellow water. Chunks of crumbly reddish rock shot with veins of quartz are embedded in the tufted grass surrounding the Vulcanelli's unimposing domain.

As I traipse happily from one tiny volcano to another, snapping away and putting my fingers in the ooze (it's cold), I forget that I'm overdressed and stick my foot into what looks like a wet but tractable flow. My expensive black leather boot promptly gets sucked several inches into the ground and coated in marvelously adhesive pale grey sludge. Oh Nature. You kid!

See them in action here: Bubble bubble, Hoyle & Hubble
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-02-01 01:10 (UTC)
darling little volcanoes!
i should very much like to visit there one day...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:39 (UTC)
Ooh, if you can, you should. It's just lovely, and unprepossessing.

Also, the fresh citrus fruit, and green earthy-tasting olive oil, and the mozzarella that your knife slides through like butter, and the espresso...it's a place of gastronomic delight.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:35 (UTC)
I would never do such a thing!...without my wellies on
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From: tdj
2008-02-01 02:19 (UTC)
Geowned.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:33 (UTC)
Absolutely. It was clearly the equivalent of a one-finger salute to the application of cow skin as foot-coverings.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2008-02-01 02:40 (UTC)
I can't tell if they'd be adorable without your description. But I can't unread it so I'll go with adorable.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:32 (UTC)
You'd want to cuddle them, really, if they weren't cold, wet, and full of hidden shards of quartz.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2008-02-01 06:05 (UTC)
Such a science geek, Hubble, indeed. *chuckles*

Rude, but funny. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:31 (UTC)
I would have left the sound in the movie, except the wind was blowing something fierce, so you couldn't hear the little blorps and burbles and the occasional "Pardon me". (Okay, maybe I made that last bit up.)
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-02-01 07:03 (UTC)
They look like they should be on a far off planet.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-04 20:29 (UTC)
Or the moon! Except everyone knows the moon is made of cheese. Just not Wensleydale, Stilton or Camembert. I bet it's Limburger.
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