Chapter 6

Iceland, (Aug, 2014)

Well have now been in Iceland for about 6 days, and been on a photography tour with a dozen other photographers headed up by Joshua Holko and Daniel Bergman, we left Reykjavik and headed up into central Iceland to where the volcanic desert dunes are, this area is a large National Park, and are for the sake of another word New Earth generated from the one of last eruptions some 100+ years ago, but it is interesting to see first hand how mother nature slowly rebuilds the ecology.

You can literally see each stage of the rebuild, firstly the big lava rocks slowly degrade or erode into smaller rocks, then into gravel, and further to a much finer matter that almost resembles a course soil, slowly then life appears firstly as moss & fungus, increasing in size to a very short sort of grass, then to small flowers and bushes, and the steps of the flora just to continue to increase in size and density, and all of a sudden you have life restored, after 100+ of years.

As the days are very long it is not only difficult to remember what day it is but also what the time is, as it is so daylight all of the time, and our guides are relentless at lets get going guys!!  Grab your gear and head of to shoot another amazing landscape, the landscape vista’s here in Iceland are like nothing else that you are likely to see anywhere else in the world, the hue’s colours are just glorious, all great stuff to make a stunning image.   This country may be very isolated from the rest of the world, but there are plenty of people about everywhere, but nowhere near the crowds of say France that I have sadly witnessed recently. Anyway we have been to some great places, the attached photos will show some of these highlights.

On our second day out with the guys on the workshop, we travelled across the lava desert to some amazing volcanic craters and mountains, one of which we were informed that we were to climb, and climb we did, up we all went on this little goat track about a meter wide with 40 degree cliffs on both sides of the track, any wrong move and you would be in trouble, let me tell you, step by step encouraged by the fitter members of the group, the wind was blowing so bloody hard it would almost knock you off track.  At last we reached the top, well what a view, certainly worth the effort, even though it was hard work, but the reward was the view that is for sure.

Spent some time photographing the glacial ice on the beach near Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajokull region, which is located midway along the east coast of Iceland, the sand there is pitch black so the contrasts between the two, that is the Ice & Sand is like comparing black & white.  Anyway whilst I was photographing the ice, I had my new Fujifilm camera right down low on a small heap of racked up sand, elevating the camera about 4” above the incoming waves, well as you would know it, the one in a hundred waves came crashing in and swamped me and the camera, but we managed to grab a dry cloth (my shirt) and a bottle of fresh water, so then washed the camera in clean Icelandic fresh water & dried it off, the expressed comments were “that’s another camera that has met it’s demise here”, “No way that is going to work!!”, well despite all, turned the power on and wollahh!!  everything lit up and away I went, all good, Fujifilm say that the camera is very water resistant, well now I can verify it.  It just seems that me and water always seem to get together during trips ??

My bloggs are are bit further apart, but hopefully this will improve, cheers