Tags archives: Atlantic Ocean

  • Textured Sky with Asperatus, South Icelandic Coast

  • The wild coastline of Iceland never fails to offer moments of wonder and amazement—just give it a few minutes.  Land, sea and sky all play nicely together here, on an afternoon when most tourists simply saw a solemn sky, and this cloud and sky enthusiast experienced good times.  The sea stacks off Reynisfjara here punctuated a s[...]
  • Evening on the Iceberg Beach

  • Some reasonably insulating hip waders, that glorious slate-blue light post-sunset, and an eye for the ice blocks shed from Jokulsarlon helped to set up a series of favorite photos from the iceberg beach lying opposite the glacial lagoon, on the Atlantic side of a sand spit.  These blocks float into the ocean and wash up quic[...]
  • Coronal Reflections

  • A color corona around the sun, and amidst a zig-zagging deck of altocumulus translucidus clouds, was lost in the glare when seen through dark glasses or the camera lens, but made its presence known through reflections off the water's surface.  This sort of corona is a visual effect of the earth's atmosphere (specifically dif[...]
  • Cold Wash Cycle

  • One Icelandic beach of black sand hosts partly melted icebergs that ride there on the Atlantic waves from a nearly freshwater glacial lagoon.  The ice, calved off a tongue of the island's largest glacier, floats about the lake (Jokulsarlon) before melting just enough to fit over the bottom of an outlet channel and float to t[...]
  • Iceland's Dyrholaey Coast

  • Solid and liquid water, along with solid and liquid rock, sculpted this sweeping and majestic vista.  The mesa from which this photo was shot, as well as the one at distant right, were parts of the mainland originally, then as the big, stormy waves of the North Atlantic pounded gaps around their resistant volcanic ledges, th[...]
  • Vik Surf

  • Rainy days aren't rare in Iceland at all, but they were few in our experience there.  The low light set up outstanding settings for mood photography and high-f-stop time exposures when it normally would be difficult, during the bulk of daylight hours.  With few other folks around willing to brave the cold rain, I treasured t[...]
  • Sunset Light on Grundarfjordur Beach

  • The majestic Snæfellsness Peninsula, known as "Iceland in miniature", offers astounding vistas around every turn, including this west-facing shore lining a bay between ranges of green hills.  Volcanic black-sand beaches ring Iceland and enrich shoreline scenes in virtually infinite ways, especially in this late-day "magic ho[...]
  • Tail Cloud over Icelandic Fjord

  • Even as far north as the near-Arctic North Atlantic, we saw moist convection in the form of compressed cells that weren't deep enough to produce noticeable lightning, but still had recognizable updraft bases...and yes, even a tail cloud.  This deep-zoom peers from the SE end across the far side of the Midfjordur, a roughly 1[...]
  • Lenticular over Dyrhólaey

  • Iceland abounds with grand landscapes, few more diverse and memorable than the sea stacks, cliffs, river delta, and black-sand beaches of the Dyrholaey Nature Reserve.  The nearest stack used to be a mile or more out to sea, but now connects to the mainland via this sand spit, thanks to sediments washed downriver from multip[...]
  • Twilight Surf and Ice

  • A short time-exposure of gentle waves washing over ice and black rocks, on a black-sand seashore, in the twilight...an ethereal moment in time is recorded for all time, when no one else was there to witness. With daylight nearly gone, it was just the cold surf, the volcanic beach, and an appreciative observer and photographe[...]
  • Twilight Smoke, Atlantic Beach

  • Burnscape at a beach? You bet.  One of the last things a North Carolina coastal visitor expects to see is a thick pall of smoke in the sky, but there it was, silhouetted sharply by the fading twilight. Much of the state had been in a drought, creating conditions ideal for wildfires in a normally moist part of the country. Du[...]
  • The Stacks of Reynisdrangar

  • Volcanic crags stubbornly stand after millennia of ferocious beatings from the far North Atlantic's icy gales and subpolar surf.   This day, however, the erosive forces relaxed.  A million twinkling diamonds surrounded the sea stacks, silhouetted before a distant stratus deck, rendering their temperament at once placid and o[...]