Away From Home: September 26, 2010

Arenal, Costa Rica’s most active volcano, is in the center of Arenal Volcano National Park and is one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. It has been studied by seismologists for many years. Although the activity these days is less damaging, you can still see ash columns, underground rumbling, glowing orange lava flows and sudden explosions on a daily basis. With its perfect conical shape, it allows breathtaking views of volcanic action in the summit. Almost every night the crater offers a spectacle of lights with its explosive eruptions.

  • Picture taker: Dawn Beil, Fargo
  • What: Arenal Volcano in San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • When: August
  • Distance from Fargo: 3,112 miles

Away From Home: September 19, 2010

“It was a beautiful, calm day in Alaska while visiting my brother. Here you can see the reflection of the Chugach Mountains in the water. If you look closely, you can also see glaciers on the middle mountain. It was breath-taking.”

  • Picture taker: KJ Stearns of Fargo
  • What: Portage Lake in Portage, Alaska
  • When: June
  • Distance from Fargo: 1,788 miles

Away From Home: September 12, 2010

Plessner calls this shot “ND Traffic Jam.” She says, “We were traveling through the Teddy Roosevelt park on Aug. 17 as we came across this herd of buffalo. I was thinking to myself, ‘You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd,’ but we were driving right through one!

  • Picture taker: Katherine Plessner of Verona, N.D.
  • What: Buffalo at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, N.D.
  • When: August
  • Distance from Fargo: 325 miles

Away From Home: September 03, 2010

“I was on a pilgrimage with a church group to Rome. A few of us climbed the 320 steps to the top of the dome, or ‘copola,’ of St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the view from the top, looking out to St. Peter’s Square.”

  • Picture taker: Rosalie Olson
  • What: St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy
  • When: June 2009
  • Distance from Fargo: 4,937 miles