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

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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.
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© 2016 Bob Harvey

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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.
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© 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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Post 1 – Puffins! Our July 2016 adventure was a Puffinfest.  Puffins flying. Puffins fishing.  Puffins don’t tell fish stories, they just proudly show you the catch and let you photograph.  Then when you are not looking, they go feed their babies (they don’t want you to see their burrow.

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Okay, sometimes they brag a little. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Okay, sometimes they brag a little.
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Sometimes on a rainy day it's hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Sometimes on a rainy day it’s hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet.
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Great skuas, which love baby puffins and terns, are fiercely protective of their own nests.

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Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be.
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Baby skua knows it's invisible! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Baby skua knows it’s invisible!
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Arctic terns seem to always nest in the wrong places.  But when they nest close to the glacial lagoon, we get to see them on the ice, waiting for the fish run.  Then they fly and dive.

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© 2016 Bob Harvey

Don't mess with my baby! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Don’t mess with my baby!
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© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

It seems like only the loons are paddling around family style.

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© 2016 Bob Harvey

Watch for the next post – ice, glaciers, waterfalls, and Iceland landscapes.

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Post 2 – The Iceland landscape

The landscape of Iceland is a photographer’s dream for compositions.  I enjoy capturing the harsh looking volcanic scenery that sometimes feels as if you are on another planet with little life.  That is sometimes contrasted by fields of lava with bright green mosses growing on them.  And then you add waterfalls and ice…  Glaciers cover volcanoes and the tides play with icebergs in glacial pools.

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Strokker geyser © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Strokker geyser, 1 second before eruption
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© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Please see post 1 below for puffins and other bird life and do check out our 2 upcoming Iceland adventures on the calendar (link to the right).

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Post 1 – Photographing birds in Iceland

There is a lot of action along the south coast of Iceland where we base our adventure.  Atlantic puffins burrow holes in the sides of cliffs to nest. It is exciting to see and photograph them catching fish and delivering meals to the young. Their beaks are designed to lock in place the first catch while the puffin grabs another.  Or in this case, 5 fish!

Atlantic puffin with a great catch. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Atlantic puffin with a great catch.
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Or, the same beak advantage can hold a larger fish more securely.

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© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

A young puffin emerges from the burrow. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

A puffin emerges from the burrow.
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Fish delivery © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Fish delivery
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The great skua hides the chicks where they blend into the environment.  The adult flies over keeping watch.  This photo was taken at 400mm and then cropped.  It is important not to stress the birds by getting too close.

Great skua chick © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Great skua chick
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© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The Arctic tern feeds chicks on land and water.  Here the young birds are floating around with icebergs, occasionally hopping on for a ride.  When the parent comes near, the chick calls out and the fish gets dropped into the beak.  These fish are very transparent and can only be seen when the light is just so.

Arctic terns © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Arctic terns
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© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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