Yup, it’s A Photo of Montserrat
For inquiring minds, the first photo above is an aerial shot of the Caribbean island Montserrat from which my family hails. Photo was taken in 2001 by a crew member of the second expedition to the International Space Station, “Alpha.” In case you are not familiar with Montserrat, well it’s a 39 square miles island that was once a luscious green paradise and playground for the British rich and famous. Due to 1997 volanic eruption, two thirds of the island is now mostly covered in ash. And according to scientific estimates, it won’t get back to it’s pre 1997 state for another 100 years — provided of course that the volcano stops erupting. Oh the wrath of Mother Nature. Speaking of Mother Nature, what is up with all these level 4 hurricanes? Is this the result of global warming? Or it is the wrath of God punishing us for fighting with one another? Whatever the reason, I do hope that things calm down soon.