As always, it's hard to pick my favorites. But I felt like these were a good quick look at our trip to Ethiopia as a whole.
Here you can find a compilation video assembled from footage from the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1, SMALL, and LARGE versions. I tried to assemble the least jerky clips, there was a fair amount of wind with noxious gases helping me lose my balance (yes, I'm kicking myself for not bringing a tripod). The movie starts and ends at zero zoom (rough guess is a lake 15 m below the rim, 50 m to far wall, 100 m across). Half way through, the camera switches to night shot mode, slightly in the IR. Note the spatter from a fountain just under us. 3/4 of the way through was shot just after a large chunk of the wall fell into the lake, you can see a big section of recently cooled crust and long-period waves rippling through the whole lake. There are more (Panasonic Lumix pocket digital camera videos) on the Erta Ale page.
Pics are below.
|Little barchans in Egypt||Moon rising over the Sudan||Asfawossen and group in the Blue Nile|
|National Museum||Addis University students||Lioness thinks about eating me|
|Awesome cultural dancers||Cutest kids greeted us everywhere||Camel salt train headed up to Mekele|
|Get at the door of the saloon||Camel train in Afar Valley||Women of NASA - Jani, Rosaly, Serina|
|Ralph and kite||Get, Ken, and Afar kids||The big kids rest up before the big hike|
|Erta Ale lava lake!||The gases were a killer||Sunrise over the crater|
|Serina and Rosaly at the crater||Lava flows on Erta Ale||Breakfast at camp in Hamad Ela|
|Salt formations in the Dallol Depression||Surreal sulfur-salt landscape||Is it Io?|
|Ralph and Get in foreign terrain||Little fumaroles||Care for a swim?|
|Uplifted salt deposits in the Dallol||He had our backs||Salt shapers, absolute craftsmen|
|Lunch in Berhaile||Serina gets lots of sweet little girl attention||Emerging from the Afar Valley|
|Church carved into aeolian sandstone|