A Siberian cold front sweeping across Europe has caused freezing temperatures and snow in the most unusual of places. Such is the case with Athens, where the ancient Acropolis was coated in a powdery dusting of snow. The sub-zero temperatures across Greece threw the country into a bit of a panic, with flights canceled and schools closing.
German photographer Martin Rietze caught a series of spectacularly breathtaking shots of a volcano, shrouded in flying lava and electrifying lightning, erupting in southern Kyushu, Japan. Rietze’s photography displays Sakurajima Volcano’s energetic eruption with unexpected vigor. The images present a phenomenal juxtaposition of a rain of fire and flashes of lightning sparking through a billowing cloud of black smoke.
Each photo in Rietze’s collection seems more astounding than the one preceding it. The bright red and blue hues of the converging elements offer a beautiful, otherworldly look at a natural occurrence that could result in disaster. The power of the flaring molten rock and jolt of lightning is reflected in each frame.
The Japanese volcano was caught in its magnificent burst of activity between February 21st and 26th by the photographer, who actively seeks “Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth.” Rietze also captured video of the stratovolcano erupting, which can be seen below.