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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 2 – Iceland has great bird photography, see Post 1, but the scenery is amazing.  Iceland has no trees to speak of, and the stark volcanic landscape filled with waterfalls and glaciers is stunning.  Bright green mosses provide a contrast for some great design options.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland has thousands of waterfalls, only a few have been named.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is a rugged land. Its youthful geology and sharp contrast yield dramatic photographic opportunities.  Join us in 2018 when we return.

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Glaciers

Part of the story of Iceland is about glaciers.  This volcanic island is adorned with some pretty fantastic glaciers.  Tongues of those glaciers spill down from the mountains where they are more accessible to the South Coast visitor.

Pool at the foot of a glacier©2013 Bob Harvey

Pool at the foot of a glacier
©2013 Bob Harvey

The eroding and retreating front end of the glacial tongue creates some rather interesting formations.

Arch of ice©2013 Bob Harvey

Arch of ice
©2013 Bob Harvey

As the glaciers drop down toward the lowlands they deform, creating serac zones of shattered ice.

serac zone©2013 Bob Harvey

serac zone
©2013 Bob Harvey

If the terminus of the glacier is in water, the glacier may calve icebergs into the water.  Here on the South Coast some of those icebergs move from the lagoon, taking a short river ride to the black sand beaches along the coast.

Lagoon filled with icebergs©2013 Bob Harvey

Lagoon filled with icebergs
©2013 Bob Harvey

Backlit iceberg stranded on a black sand beach©2013 Bob Harvey

Backlit iceberg stranded on a black sand beach
©2013 Bob Harvey

The operative word is “melting” – as this 1000 year old (and sometimes much older) ice is rapidly returning to its liquid state!

Iceberg meltdown©2013 Bob Harvey

Iceberg meltdown
©2013 Bob Harvey

All in all, it creates great photographic fun – and lots of food for thought!

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Patagonia Gallery

I really enjoyed building the latest gallery, Patagonia.  So many memories and such an inspiration just to think back at the great light we have seen and photographed there.  See the gallery here http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/gallery.patagonia.1.htm

Patagonia is the place I am most driven to photograph landscape. The dramatic views of the mountains are constantly changing – from the first warm light of early morning to the cold blue of the glaciers they hold.  Clouds gently part to reveal peaks all day long, a design of mood and drama. I love watching this change and the challenge to capture the right moment to release the shutter.

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Sunrise, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2009 Diane Kelsay

 

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Fitzroy Massif, Argentina
As we started an all day trek
© 2012 Bob Harvey

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Waterfall, glacier trek Perito Moreno Glacier
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

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Clouds opening to reveal a view, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

And occasionally guanacos might just step into the view.  Not too spooked by us, they allowed me to walk a few steps to place them just right with the mountain.

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Guanacos, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

And all this while a Condor flies over us…

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Condor, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

We hope you will join us on our next adventure to Patagonia http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

 

 

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