Spray

I enjoy photo challenges.  They make you think about what you’ve seen and how, without thinking, you may have captured images that interpret the challenge.

Iceland/waterfallSPRAY….immediately I thought of waterfalls and geysers in Iceland.

Iceland/waterfallThere are so many, 

Iceland/waterfallmajestic, spraying rainbows into the air.

Iceland/waterfallTalk about spray, stand behind a waterfall and feel its wet cold.

Iceland/geyserFor a different spray, there are geysers

Iceland/geysererupting one after another sending hot spray in all directions.  That is not one you want to be near.

That waterfalls and geysers are there, powerful in their beauty, is another of those miracles that sets my heart racing.

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The Wonder of Iceland

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Miriam Beard

If you  enjoy the rugged outdoors, Iceland may be just the place for you as it is full of opportunity to explore the wonders of nature.

IcelandNot many blooming things are native, but here and there among the lava rocks, you find little flowers peeking out adding touches of color to the monochromatic landscape.

IcelandTrekking down a lava path, you are likely to encounter a waterfall crashing down exerting its power.

IcelandHow different each one is ,

Icelandand if you don’t mind getting sprayed with icy water you may be able to explore a back side which is a totally magical experience.

IcelandThere are glaciers, some of which you can actually walk on provided you have proper equipment to keep you from sliding all over the place.

IcelandMost are covered with volcanic ash giving them a very different appearance from ones you might see elsewhere.

IcelandIn parts of Iceland, it is not unusual to see geysers, big and little, 

Icelandthat erupt far more frequently than Old Faithful in Yellowstone.  There is no warning, just an explosive burst of hot water coming from deep within the earth.

IcelandIceland is an island of still active volcanoes like this one hidden this day by  clouds.  It is the one that erupted three years ago causing havoc far beyond Iceland.  Needless to say, the farmer who lives below this volcano hopes it stays dormant for quite some time!

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Volcanic rocks like rough hewn sculptures act as sentinels and provide challenging climbs for the daring.  The trekking is one thing, but I’ll watch the climbers!

Iceland is, indeed, a land of rugged natural wonder.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Iceland….Why Not?

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Miriam Beard

Why go to Iceland?  Because it’s there and it’s only 5 hours from Boston which is probably as close as we are going to get.

IcelandIceland is a volcanic island about the size of Kentucky with a population of roughly 400,000, three quarters of which live in Reykjavik.

IcelandThat means there are lots of wide open spaces here.

IcelandAs we move from place to place, there are significant landscape changes.  Volcanic lava is evident everywhere,

Icelandand in some areas in the north it resembles what I imagine the surface of the moon to look like.

IcelandThe textures are very different from what I am accustomed to seeing in Maine but equally interesting and lovely.

IcelandAlways there is water.  It  may be the ocean

Icelandor geothermal wells that provide steam which generates the island’s electricity.  Water temperatures may be in excess of 200 F.  That’s hot!!

IcelandOften the water spills over magnificent waterfalls.   Sometimes the water is dirty because of lava content

Icelandwhile in another location the water may be a lovely blue created by glacial runoff.

IcelandOn a beautiful, sunny day you might even be lucky enough to see a rainbow that is caused  by the moisture kicked up by the power of the tumbling water.  We were that lucky, and I can’t begin to tell you what a magnificent sight this was.  I felt in the presence of a powerful and great mystery.

IcelandNot all water is so energetic. It may be quiet and clear evoking peacefulness.

There is much more to Iceland, and as I sort through my thoughts I will introduce you to its wonder.  I hope you will enjoy the adventure.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

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