It’s been a busy time since the eclipse on 27 September, primarily because I am running around trying to get ready for my Open Studio Event in 7 days. But that is a subject for another post. Today, it’s time to bring out some more images from Iceland.
Readers may have noticed that Icelandic place names tend to be extremely complicated and hard to pronounce. But there is at least one exception, the small town of Vik located on the south coast. Perhaps the most notable feature here is its black sand beach, characteristic of a country populated by active volcanoes. Not far away are the cliffs of DyrhÓlaey where we spent the good part of the afternoon. One doesn’t have to walk far from the parking lot to get a good view.
Cliffs of DyrhÓlaey
The classic vista here, however, is from a promontory that looks back toward the cliffs. It is only about a 10 minute walk from the location shown above. This is a perfect example of how the scenery can radically change in a very short distance.
View from the Promontory, Looking West
And after a 20-second stroll to the opposite edge of the promontory one is treated to this view.
View from the Promontory, Looking East
That evening, the group visited the Reynisfjara Beach, best known for its sea stacks. One thing to remember about photographing on a beach close to the water is the need to pay close attention to the waves. I have always observed that precaution, except for approximately 3 seconds on that evening when I turned to respond to a question from another member of the group. In that brief moment an unusually large wave pounded ashore with surprising speed and water was suddenly rushing past me above my knees. I turned to rescue my camera and tripod but it was too late. My camera was down, I followed, and I saw another member of our group being dragged into the ocean while he desperately held his camera and tripod above the water surging around him. One of the tour leaders reacted quickly and grabbed that camera before the water claimed it. With his hands free, the downed member was able to get back up about the same time I did. I retrieved my camera but it was ruined, as was the lens. The photographs on the card, however, were unharmed. The image below was taken just a few minutes before this happened.
Fortunately, I had a back-up camera body and lens and managed to capture the sunset about 40 minutes later.
Sunset, Reynisfjara Beach
Keep Shooting (but watch those waves)…….