Last week, aerial shots of the Caribbean and eastern United States filled our television screens and Twitter feeds with images of destruction and tragedy as Hurricane Sandy tore along the eastern seaboard.
In the deserted volcano pools of Iceland natural disaster leaves behind awe-inspiring paintings.
Taken by Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev, these incredible photographs twist and branch out like an intricately constructed abstract drawings but in reality are aerial shots of lakes and rivers flowing through the black beds of ash around one of the 30-odd active volcanoes in Iceland.
Ermolaev describes the simplicity of the images as, “This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet”. I guess beauty isn’t always complicated.
To take a break from tragedy and check out the rest of his images at: 500px.com/andreabe