Mount Etna is still spewing lava during an eruption on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest and most active volcano. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters
Once upon a time, back in San Francisco, my family came to visit and we ended up in this terrible theme restaurant because it was close/no-one could agree where to eat/I have no idea. One of the things about this restaurant was that people could order a dessert called the Volcano, and when it came out of the kitchen – the door to which, we were sat right next to – the server would shout “VOLLLLLLL-CAAAAAAYYYYYYYY-NOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!” at the top of their voice to announce it.
After you hear that yell for, what, twenty times or so in an hour, it sticks in your brain. So, when I think of volcanoes now, I tend to think of them as VOLLLLLLLL-CAAAAAAYYYYYYY-NOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHs.
And then I look at this picture, and remember how beautiful they can be, sometimes.