Icelandic Wonders – Myvatn Geothermal Area

Shades of blue

Iceland is a place filled with wonders of geology, as it sits at the intersection of several tectonic plates; its volcanic landscape and mixture of fire and ice make for stunning landscape photography.

One of the side effects of this location is the level of geothermal activity that provides energy for much of the country. From famous bathing areas, such as the Blue Lagoon in southern Iceland to this stunning blue lake in the north…

Blue Lake near Myvatn

There are geothermal baths in the Myvatn Geothermal Region, but these are not them (as a matter of fact, just off-camera there is a sign warning of the extreme heat in this lake). In the distance, you can see the pipe crossing the landscape and see where the heat is collected for use by residents.

The stunning blue color of the lake is the result of silica deposits, which forms a soft blue mud and provides this stunning hue.

I will post more images from this area, as I continue processing them.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 152

The wonder of it all!

Welcome to the 152nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You were all simply wonderful! I very much enjoyed reading what fills you with wonder and seeing those stunning photos that you provided as evidence of the wonders. Your interpretations were very creative, as always, and there were many that brought a smile to my face. Thanks to each and every one of you for the work you put into these posts!

So, stop wondering, and go discover the wonder that lies in these posts!

Here’s another location that filled me with wonder…

Myvatn Hot Water Spring

Visiting Iceland was a magical experience from a photography perspective, as it is filled with stunning vistas. If you go just a little bit off the beaten path, you are often rewarded, such as this blue-hued wonder that presented itself to me. This hot water spring is surrounded by signs that warn people to not enter it, due to the excessive heat that can occur in this spring.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Starting things off this week, Sarah’s post in By Sarah is filled with wonder as the balloons fill the sky. One really stood out for me!
  2. Nicole brings us the wonders of Nature in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, which is gorgeous!
  3. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie goes for one of her favorite wonders in her life, as she features a handsome guy!
  4. Shelley brings us the wonder of post-vacation blues in Quaint Revival; based on the pictures I think that the vacation was wodnerful!
  5. John’s post in Midnight Rider brings us one of the wonders that we might all enjoy: backyard critters!
  6. Ann-Christine’s brings us the wonder of Spring in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand with an amazing photo of a hazel bud!
  7. Sandy takes a really cool approach in Out of My Write Mind, as she explores the wonder of shadows!
  8. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda explores the wonder of ancient construction, and the precision that is amazing!
  9. We get to enjoy the wonder of Nature in a great post in pensivity101, as those ducks are simply precious!
  10. Xenia shares a pair of wonderful posts with us this week. The first in WhippetWisdom brings us the wonder of growing. The second, in Tranature is filled with green wonder!
  11. In another awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa takes us to the wonder of the new buds, and did I see snow?
  12. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s stunning post, we are introduced to the wild asses of Kutch!
  13. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography is just amazing and filled with the wonder of Canyon de Chelly National Park!
  14. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs shares the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, which is one of the wonders of the world!
  15. Kammie sees wonder in several interesting vistas in her post in Nut House Central; which of these wonders is your favorite?
  16. Jase shares a terrific wonderwall in Proscenium; then there is some wonderful food too…yummy!
  17. I really like Go Outside Today, and this week’s entry is amazing, as it takes us to Bagru, Rajasthan; do you wonder?
  18. This week’s post in Heart2Heart takes us to a truly wonderful place, as we straddle the Arno!
  19. We get to enjoy the wonder of an amazing landscape in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; mountains fill me with wonder!
  20. Yinglan really fills us with wonder in her post in This is Another Story; there’s nothing more wonderful than looking up to the sky!
  21. Stella brings us some wonder from Nature in her great post in Giggles & Tales; beautiful photos!
  22. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares her wonder and fascination with the butterfly; I can relate!
  23. A really interesting photo is central to the post in Land of Images, as the caterpillar does look a bit confused!
  24. Maria’s photo in her blog KameraPromenader is truly amazing, as she captures the wonder of a spider’s web in a spectacular way!
  25. Donna brings us the wonder of Tuscany in her post in Wind Kisses; I agree that there’s much wonder there!
  26. Ken brings us the juxtapostion of two wonders in his post in Pictures without Film; modern and ancient wonders meet one another!
  27. Woolly shares some great wonders in his post in Woolly Muses; one of them, I have visited, and the others are on my bucket list!
  28. I great wonder is shared in the 59 Club, where tons of water cross every single second!
  29. Brian shares some of the makes him wonder in his post in Bushboy’s World; these are some great wonders, and Nature stands out above all for me!
  30. With another great photo in their blog sgeoil, we get to enjoy the wonders of Nature!
  31. In MyTravelCSP, we get to enjoy both human and Nature constructions in their choice of wonders!
  32. In another great post in Photography Journal Blog, we get to wonder what that button does, and we get a great photo!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is stunning! The Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid is turning 100!
  34. With another stunning photo in David Meredith’s Photoblog, we get to wonder about migration; that photo is amazing!
  35. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais has us wonder about the beauty of primroses!
  36. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shares the wonder of natural foods and their amazing nutrients!
  37. Olga wonders where Spring is hiding in her post in Stuff and what if…, which might be in the shadows…
  38. In another awesome post in Travel with Tech, we learn about little angels, and where they come from!
  39. Marie has travelled to great places, as we can see in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; that is a wonderful photo!
  40. Debbie brings us a surprise in her post in Twenty Four; of course, I wonder, if Wombats can read…
  41. Tracy has another fantastic post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind; in case you wondered, it was National Eucalypts Day in Australia last week!
  42. Susan’s wonder is captured in a great photo in Musin’ with Susan; Nature’s wonder in all its beauty!
  43. In a great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we find some of the things that make this photographer wonder…
  44. Khürt brings us a fantastic report on Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar in Island in the Net; this post is nothing short of wunderbar!
  45. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life we get to hang with the ducks, who are just wonderful!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 72

True Blue!

Welcome to the 72nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  You definitely didn’t leave me feeling blue this week, as the number of responses were overwhelming!

The variety of blue in your posts is truly amazing, as is the quality of your entries; it is evident that each of you took great care in preparing your posts, which I very much appreciate.  There were some true stand-outs among the 50+ entries from 47 different bloggers (I think that is a record).  So, go spend some time and explore them all!

Thank you for taking the time to make this fun!

Here’s another bit of blue that is somewhat abstract…

Frosts of Atlantis

This image came about from my getting the opportunity to photograph a series of ice sculptures, each of which was stunning!  In this particular one, I noticed that there were structures within the ice that might be evidence of a long submerged city or continent.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Sarah kicked things off this week with a beautiful view of Lake Daylesford on a lovely serene day in her post in By Sarah.
  • It’s all blue skies ahead in the Blog of Hammad Rais with a great shot of the sky on a Winter’s day.
  • Stella’s entertains us with a wonderful set of photos in Giggles & Tales, each of which has a different hue of blue; which one is your favorite?
  • Chateaux des Fleurs entry ranges in color from the deep, darker blue of blueberries to beautiful flowers.
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink has me a little mystified, as I’m not sure what the blue bag in the chickenwire is meant to prevent… What’s your opinion?
  • The entry from pensitivity101 tells about visiting New Zealand, which is one of the countries that is high on my list of future destinations.
  • Another great post in, with one of the most stunning skies that I have seen in a long time!
  • Another stunning photo in theonlyD800inthehameau with part of a roof that looks like an architectural marvel!
  • Na’ama Yehuda takes us to the city that never sleeps for a gorgeous photo of Central Park’s reservoir.
  • Nicole has a wonderful photo in her post in Une Photo, un poéme; it’s not easy to get a shot that beautiful from an airplane!
  • This week’s entry in iball round the world‘s blog takes us to Nandi at Sri Meenaskhi for a colorful festival!
  • Robert’s entry in Photo Robert’s Blog provides us with a wonderful splash of color in Hamburg’s port!
  • Frank’s blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, has a magnificent entry with a view of the Chicago Botanic Garden and a poem that finds his shoes!
  • In the entry from Mara’s Artistry we get a wonderful view of the great wheel, as only London has it!
  • Miriam takes us for a tour of blues in the Shower of Blessing, with color coming from sky and ocean!
  • Clare Hopkins show us that Harbour Shadow Blue is a great place to dine in Sydney!
  • The Art of Retiring‘s first entry gives us a bit of a cure for the Hurricane Harvey blues with a Texas Bluebonnet; she follows this up with some blue skies over Houston in a second entry in The Art of Retiring.
  • Ed went down memory lane in his shots in  In My Mind’s Eye; from the pre-digital days, these landscapes are stunning!
  • In this Photography blog, you will find a lovely flower in the first post and blue skies in the second post in Photography!  And, there’s a third entry in Photography!
  • In CitySonnet, we get treated to a variety of warming breezes and gentle seas, that we’ll want to dip our toes into!
  • We get some wonderful shots from PtitNFit in her post that features Aqaba and Lebanon!
  • Klara brings us the blue underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef in Sliku svoju ljubim II; definitely makes me want to go diving!
  • Offshoots12 brings us colors that start with the letter ‘B’!  And, yes, there is some fine blue in there!
  • Black Body‘s post brings us into the city where we are surrounded by skyscrapers reaching for the blue of the sky!
  • Cee brings out some stunning blues in her entry in her wonderful blog Cee’s Photography!  And, a fourth entry in Photography!
  • Andrea takes us to the playground in ARHtistic License; she also captured a rather intriguing set of pipes…
  • Judy introduces us to Mr. Blue in her blog lifelessons, as well as a wonderful array of images!
  • Marie brings us a blue moon and a gingerbread man with blue feet in The New 3R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect!
  • The water lily in Layue’s Everyday Photo Blog is an amazing shade of blue, and well captured!
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters shares a magnificent array of images this week; I particularly like the dragonfly!
  • Wanderlust and Wonderment shows of some stunning images in their entry; the deep blue of the Caribbean really stands out!
  • In Tachispeaks we encounter blue seas, flowers and an incredibly blue BMW!
  • Judith taught me something in her post in Nature Knows Best, as she featured the borage, a rather lovely flower that I can now name!
  • In her entry from the blog In Progress (great name!), we visit Asilomar, which looks rather inviting!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! is rather surprising, as I couldn’t find a single bug in there beautiful shots!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects shows how focus on the little things that we encounter during our day can allow us to live more in tune with the world and universe.
  • Light&Shadows brings us into a world of blue with hydrangea and a rather blue boy with large bucket!
  • In Travel with Intent, we get some of the London Blues, which are wonderful to see!
  • In this week’s entry from JK109, we get a beautiful variety of blues ranging from flower to skies.
  • In the blog A Tale Unfolds, we are treated to a great set of photos; my favorite is the blue Moon, which one is yours?
  • Ladyleemanilla‘s post reminds us that Keith Urban says that blue is not our kind of color, but the photos are definitely my kind of blue!
  • In Alan’s History Spot, we start off with the Blue Pig and find some other amazing blues, including the Night of the Blue Sheep…
  • Bullyboy brings us some great photos in Travel387, with some rather intense blue mixed with gentle sky and lovely flowers.
  • Khürt delivers another set of stunning photos in his post in Island in the Net; the shot of a rainy night is simply amazing!
  • Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery brings us a cool shot of a collection of shoes including those with a blue pompom.
  • Ron rocks out in his entry in Progressing into Solitude, as he presents us a with a set of concert photos.
  • UrbanLiaisons finds us in a cemetery with moonbeams crossing our path; eerie and inspiring!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Blue

Blues have a clue here!

Welcome to Week 72 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thank you very kindly for a wonderful week of shades of pink in all your creative expressions!  It was a blast to read all those entries!

Looking through my images to inspire a thought or two about this week’s challenge, one kept me coming back.  It is from my stopover in Iceland a couple of years ago, and it stands out due to its intense shades of blue, which makes for a nice theme after pink: Blue!  There is plenty of intense blueness in the world, along with the other meanings of the word, so I know that you can let your creative instincts take over to generate some amazing entries!

Go have fun, and explore the world of blue on this little blue planet that we call home (even if it’s not home to you, you’re still invited to participate).

Here is that image that kept me coming back…

Myvatn Hot Water Spring

In Northern Iceland, the Myvatn region is filled with geothermal beauty; I spent a wonderful afternoon there, photographing and playing some guitar.  It was magical!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I can’t wait to see what blues you have and how you will share them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – RGB

The good primaries!

Welcome to Week 54 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  As we’re into the second year of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, the pressure is on to keep raising the game, both mine and, by challenging each of you, yours!

So, you’re probably looked at the title of this post and wondered where I’m going with this week’s challenge…  If you guessed it, your mind is as full of twisty passages as mine!  My challenge to you this week is to use RGB: Red, Green and Blue.  In your photo have each of the colors red, green and blue be represented.  This may seem a bit tricky, but I think that by looking around, you’ll quickly see how often these colors occur in the world around you.

What will be interesting to me, is how you will use these colors in your photography to express their primal existence within our world.  I’m very much looking forward to your entries!  As always, you have free rein with your interpretation and direction of creative outlet, so color your world with fun imagination!

Even though, I had a very specific image of mine in mind, when I thought of this challenge, I’m leading off with another image…

Just Paperclips…

These paperclips came from an experiment I performed during a product photography course, when I wanted to show the humble paperclip in a different light.  Using light and arrangement to add a bit of pop and drama, and a macro lens to get extreme size, I created this image just over 3 years ago.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 17

Blue with great clues!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge definitely saw an explosion of fantastic blue-themed images from many of you!  It was also wonderful to see a significant number of first-time participation, letting me know that Blue is a great color!

What caught my eye in looking at the variety of photography that was showcased this week, is that the blues ranged from extremely intense to muted and very understated.  A truly beautiful range of expressions of a single color!

For your entertainment, another of my varied blue images..

Geothermal Pool

From my short trip to Iceland, the lighter blues of the geothermal pool made for an almost subtropical feel in this image at the arctic circle.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Marisa, The Girl That Dreams Awake provided beautiful blues ranging from sky to door.
  • Georgie, whose blog Third Time Lucky! is a lot of fun to read, showed off some of the gorgeous blue of Greece and the sea!
  • Snips & Snaps from a Southampton Old Lady featured a fantastic array of blue wood from the English coast.
  • Emily’s, in her blog Zombie Flamingos took us on a morning walk to discover some blue hues.
  • Sunshine, in the Daily Blabber, showed us a beautiful Japanese Magnolia against a blue sky!
  • James, of the James McEwan blog, where fiction illuminates truth, combined a poem with a lovely photo for this challenge.
  • Mack, in the really beautiful blog mackmarie, showed us the beautiful Bora Bora blues in her post about her honeymoon location.
  • Judith in her blog Nature Knows Best enriched us with both natural and human-manufactured blues of note!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, found the sacred space of forgiveness in her post!
  • Steve, in his blog Steve Newcomb Photography, found some excellent blue signage and a beautiful stratocaster!
  • Nikki, not to be outdone in  A Kinder Way, showed us the blue of relaxation through a wonderful riesling!

I hope that I got everyone’s posts! Go check out each other’s posts and enjoy the wonderful range of expressions that we find!

I have somewhat of a twisted (appropriately) topic in mind for the next challenge…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Blue

Blue can feel good!

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s topic of close-up photography produced some wonderful results ranging from Nature to man-made across the spectrum of subjects.

For this week’s challenge, I’d like you to explore a color: Blue.   As we’ve seen with other colors there is a range of expression throughout the varying hues of blue that we encounter.  My suggestion is that you take a look around you and identify which shades of blue speak most to you and explore these through your photography, so that you can learn more about them and share that learning with the rest of us.

This example shows various blue shades throughout one image, which may give you an idea about what these shades mean to you…

Blue Pond

So, be a blue explorer and find your favorites of this color!  And remember to have fun!

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as this is a color that is kind of important to our home world!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/100 second, f/11 and 400 ISO.

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