The Guardian has a series ‘That’s me in the (iconic) picture‘. I’ve chosen the one above of Mt. Tungurahua in Ecuador because this week we can ‘celebrate’ the two hundredth anniversary of the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history, that of Mt. Tambora on 10th April 1815.
The debris ejected into the atmosphere lead to such a drop in temperatures that the following year, 1816, has been dubbed The Year Without a Summer. There were massive crop failures and starvation, which in turn lead to migrations. Other consequences, some suggest, include the foundation of the Mormon religion in the USA and the invention of a velocipede, a forerunner of the bicycle, in Germany.
In Switzerland, the incessant rainfall lead to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein, and in England landscape artist JMW Turner painted yellow skies.
Chichester Canal (1828)
(I could have chosen one of Kim Sear’s animal portraits because today she’s getting married to tennis star Andy Murray. I think the happy couple deserve a bit of privacy though, don’t you?)