Tags archives: Europe

  • 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[...]
  • Blue Lagoon: Land and Sky

  • The soothing turquoise mineral waters of Iceland's Blue Lagoon, set against dark and jagged basalt from a young lava flow, defy visual norms, offering strange contrasts in color and multi-dimensionality across the vista.  In the sky, thin cirrostratus and chunks of altostratus texturize the scene further.  The silica and sul[...]
  • Icelandic Waterfall, by the Drop

  • On a fine morning at Öxarárfoss (Thingvellir National Park), it was tempting and justifiable to do some full-scale waterfall photography.   Still, when one can freeze-frame thousands of drops to compose a more intimate and uncommon perspective on a world-famous cascade, why not? 16 ENE Mosfellsdalur, Iceland (11 Aug 14) L[...]
  • Hofsvik Sunset Prelude

  • As seen from Iceland's narrow western coastal plain, the interior bluffs and hills grasped the very last of their day's rays, while deepening golden yellows illuminated orographic low clouds hovering overhead.  Despite its shallowness, this cumuliform cloud feature produced warm-cloud rain, as evident in the short rainbow se[...]
  • 1908 Reykjanes Lighthouse in Fog

  • Lighthouses don't help much when the fog is this dense, and they're usually not flipped on in the daytime anyway.  Aside from the ambient cool, high-humidity, maritime air typically attendant to this corner of the North Atlantic, advection from a nearby geothermal steam area helped greatly to construct the fog, and lent a so[...]
  • North Iceland Lenticular Stack

  • From amidst a melange of multilayered clouds, a fine little stack of altocumulus lenticularis peeked to reveal a standing wave.  Although altitudes aren't too high in Iceland—mostly under 5,000 feet except for the very highest peaks—the high latitude ensures strong middle-level winds for much of the year that are suitable fo[...]
  • Somber Icelandic Stormscape

  • Just several miles below the Arctic Circle itself, the closest one will see there to a "dark day" stormy convective regime follows a convergence boundary across Iceland's deeply incised northern (Arctic Ocean) coast.  Somber, textured, slate-colored skies, and the ominous shadows they cast upon landscapes, have captivated me[...]
  • The Skutustadir Pseudocraters

  • What does this formation of craters have to do with water works?  The key to the answer is in the origin.  Lava flowed over wetlands or shallow lake-bottom sediments near present-day Myvatn Lake in Iceland.  The resulting steam pressure built up and blasted holes repeatedly through the same weaknesses in the overlying lava d[...]
  • Abstractions in an Icelandic Paint Pot

  • Staring into an Icelandic geothermal mud pond, also known at Yellowstone as a paint pot for obvious reasons, one can become mesmerized at the continually evolving bands of dark and light mid, deforming and stretching this way and that as the mud flows both horizontally and vertically through the system.   Zooming in to the f[...]
  • Godafoss Sunset

  • Though modest in height by Icelandic standards, Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) rightfully is renowned as once of Iceland's most inspiring and beautiful.  That's especially true when paired with one of those lengthy sunsets of a high-latitude summertime.  To balance the light for this shot, I employed either a 2- or 3-stop [...]
  • Scaling Hydrology

  • Purposefully composed for ambiguity of scale, this image of fluid natural artwork initially makes one unsure if the height of the photographer is closer to 3, 300, 3,000, or 30,000 feet. Stream flow courses and erodes in similar ways at vastly different scales—in this case, the best answer being 3 feet.  The best give-away i[...]
  • Downstream Maelstrom

  • Just downstream from Dettifoss (Europe's largest waterfall) and under the plume of spray, a fluidly abstract scene roiled and roared along in the form of the  snowmelt-swollen Jokulsa a Fjollum River.  The high water, flood-producing in a few places upstream and downstream, ran a deep, muddy gray, laden with volcanic silt an[...]