Sicily, May 2013
As Europe's largest active volcano, Etna is a must see. And the landscape and many beautiful flowers growing there are testimony to the fertility of the volcanic soil.
Etna viewed across the vineyards
Closer up, with volcanic rocks (what else?)
The Rifugio Sapienza, with rocks from the eruption of 2003
View from the Rifugio Sapienza towards Catania and the coast
Wild volcanic landscape
The nearby Silvestri Craters were formed in 1892.
The volcanic soil is very fertile and flowers abound.
Flowers and rocks
Dark volcanic soil and flowers