Volcanoes, walruses, and the planet that puts on a show

Whether things are going good or bad, it’s still an amazing planet.

A couple of images drive this home today.

First, a couple of guys with a quadcopter, have flown it near the Bardabunga volano in Iceland. Experts have been warning it’s going to blow and cloud the European skies with ash.

Beautiful indeed.

So is this, in a frightening sort of way. Thirty-five thousand walruses have hit the shore in Pt. Lay, Alaska.

Photo: NOAA

It’s called a “haulout” and it was discovered earlier this week by an Arctic observation flight by NOAA.

Photo: NOAA

There was no mention of why the walruses are on the beach in the NOAA handout with the exception of a notation that no sea ice was found in the area.

Sea ice is at the sixth-lowest level on record, according to The Guardian.