WPC – Landscape (2)

Icelandic beauty

As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape.  Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.

Looking across Siglufjörður

Iceland is a truly beautiful country and just a dream for landscape photography, such as this shot that I captured last year of the view across the Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland.

The road in this area follows the coast line, which means it traces the fjords that are prevalent here.  Each of these fjords has its own character, with some of the smaller ones without settlement and the larger ones with small towns and villages.  The fjord often provides a natural harbor and shelter from the Atlantic storms.

The light off the peak made for a bit of magic in this afternoon image.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens (circular polarizer attached).  This was a series of images with the mean exposure value at 1/100 second at f/11 at 200 ISO; the 3 images were at 0 EV, -1 EV and +1 EV.  Photomatix Pro was used to create the final image.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (1)

Solitude by the pond

This week’s Photo Challenge presented by the Daily Post is none other than Landscape!!  As you might imagine, I am psyched about this one, and most definitely will do more than one post 🙂

Autumnal Reflection on Rocky Pond

This moment of solitude was captured a couple of years ago at Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts.  It’s one of my favorite spots that I have photographed over the years throughout various seasons.

I hope that you enjoy this moment of quiet reflection.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge

Friday Mystery Slide – vol 7

What kind of boat is this?

As it has been a pretty busy week, today’s slide will not be a slide, but rather an iPhone image from last year.  I will get time this weekend to plan out next week’s mystery with more detail.

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Water everywhere!

I am confident that many among you can identify the country, where I captured this image, but how many among you can identify the city (not easy, but I think the boat does provide a hint about the area of the country…)

Good luck with your investigation!!

Friday Travel Photo – vol 7

Stark beauty

Back to Iceland to vist one of the really impressive areas with geothermal activity that gives you an idea of the power of the planet: Hverarönd.

Hverarönd Geothermal


When I walked toward this geothermal area in northern Iceland, the first thing that struck me is the smell of sulphurdioxide: rotten eggs!  With the barren landscape, its steam vents, the hissing of the escaping steam and the bouquet, it gives one the sense of walking into a landscape that would have been fitting for Hieronymus Bosch.

Hverarönd: sulphur deposits

I could appreciate that people might have horrific fantasies of demons and trolls popping up from this landscape.

At the same time, one has to appreciate the beauty of this barren landscape, its colors and amazing contrasts.

Hverarönd: Warm running water

Take a tour up north, the next time you’re in Iceland and go explore Hverarönd and the Myvatn area, as the landscape lover in you will not be disappointed!

Technical Details

Each of these images was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens with a circular polarizer (hence the saturated sky).  Various exposure settings were used with an eye towards keeping adequate depth of field.

WPC – Half-Light (final)

Both sides now…

As I was reflecting for a moment, it came to me that one more Half-Light would be just fine…

From up and down


“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all”

Joni Mitchell


Prompted in gratitude by Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

Dogstar Thursday – vol 10

An evolved dog!

Today, I’m posting a memory tht is close to my heart, as it is our ‘Old Man’ Darwin from 5 years ago, when he was just in his 10th year…

Focusing on the Target

Darwin clearly focuses with great intensity on the end of the see-saw, as he knows he wants to keep going as fast as possible to the next obstacle!

Happy Poles!

And he is a master of the weave-poles, which he knows how to enjoy!

Darwin maybe in his 15th year now, but he still runs around like the crazy puppy that he thinks he is, and then sleeps a lot longer than he used to do.

Hope you enjoy this glimpse of our Theory of Evolution!

Three Line Tales – week 9

Scrabbled silence

Welcome to Week Nine of Three Line Tales.

three line tales photo prompt: Scrabble tiles
photo by Moritz Schmidt – click here for full res version 


Square with a letter,
Combinatorial maths.
Quiet reflection.


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Nine for detailed instructions.