Three Line Tales – Wanderer

Fjord ponies abound!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Ninety-Six of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 96: an Iceland pony in the snowphoto by Patrick Wittke via Unsplash

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First snow has fallen,
Crisp air heightens senses, sharp.
Nordic wanderer.

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

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

 

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 3

Exciting landscapes abound!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this third episode, we take a trip to one of the marvels of this planet: Iceland.  Its location at the northern end of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the meeting place of the North-American and Eur-Asian tectonic plates, provides for an unusual landscape filled with geothermal and volcanic features.

These images are from my short trip to Iceland in 2015, which gave me a taste for the wonders that fill this island.  I’m very much looking forward to go back one day to properly explore Iceland with my camera.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.

Friday Travel Photo

Bucolic Iceland

Last year, I spent 4 days in Iceland on my way back from the Netherlands, where I visited my mother for her birthday and had a great time with family.  This was my first stay in Iceland, and let me start by saying that 4 days is not nearly enough time to spend on this fantastic island!

As there is so much to see in Iceland, I decided to stay in one area rather than traversing the entire island, rushing from spot to spot.  As one of the factors for this short visit was to get a bit of time to decompress, I purposely looked for an area away from most tourist attractions, and settled on the northern part of Iceland by Akureyri.

The next step was to find a place to stay, for which AirBnB worked to perfection, as I found a room at a lovely farm, just north of Akureyri, with the following view…

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View toward Eyjafjörður

It’s pretty tough to take when your view is of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, every morning.  And, yes, this was a real farm (no longer active dairy, but the character was preserved), which is illustrated here…

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Farm view!

The hosts were wonderful, with a great breakfast, and the option of a home-cooked, traditional Icelandic meal for dinner.  I definitely recommend taking this approach, if you’re looking for something different than the usual hotel accomodations.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

Both images were captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Summer Solstice

Sun salutations abound!

Yes, folks in the Northern Hemisphere!  It is the longest amount of daylight for us today, as we’re graced with the Sun’s presence longer than any other day this year.  The good news for readers in the Southern Hemisphere is that you’ll get more daylight tomorrow and each day after for the next six months.

On this day last year, I was in Iceland enjoying the days around the longest day without any night to speak of; at that time of the year, the Sun doesn’t go far enough below the horizon to let the night darken.  It was a magical time!

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Sunny Day!

This shot is from up in the hills in Northern Iceland, where I wanted to capture the houses in the valley against the cloud cover below the mountain top level.  The Sun rounded out the tableau rather nicely!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/1000 second at f/14 and 200 ISO.

Also in response to the Daily Prompt – Summer.

Mother Earth Day

Respect our Mother!

The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside.  On this Mother’s Day, I want to give a nod to the Earth’s raw power…

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Steam Releases

The releasing steam is an indication of the power that resides within this planet of ours, as untold heat is bottled up in the layers that make up the Earth.  Not only is there plenty of heat, but it also creates beauty, as seen in the following image.

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Geothermal Pool

This geothermal pool in the Myvatn area of Iceland, looks like a tropical lagoon in its serene beauty and color; do not be fooled, as there are spots in this pool that can be scalding hot (one of the signs warning to not bathe here is just off to the right).

Let’s appreciate our Mother Earth on this day and every one, and treat her with the respect she deserves, so we have a great place for a long time!

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4 lens.

Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth

WPC – Landscape (5)

Cloud cover

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.

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Iceland Vista

After leaving Ólafsfjörður, I followed the road along the northern coast of Iceland, which is an amazingly scenic ride with many places to stop and soak in the beauty of the landscape, such as at this location.

As you can imagine, what caught my eye was the line of the road leading toward the cloud cover hanging over the fjord in the distance.  The light was not ideal, but at some point, I will improve the quality of this image.

In the mean time, I hope you like it.

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 image was shot at 1/100 second at f/16 at 400 ISO.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (4)

Pining for the fjord

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.

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View across Eyjafjörður

This shot was taken in the town of Ólafsfjörður looking out over the dock that reaches out into the Eyjafjörður.  This little town sits nestled into the hills that rise from the fjord.

The town grew up around the herring industry that was in much bloom in the 1940s and 1950s, but the herring are gone now.

Ólafsfjörður was connected with a road for the first time in 1940, when the horse riding trail through Lágheiði was improved enabling cars to get over the heath. Before, ships, seaplanes, and horses provided the transport.

Hope you like it.

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 image was shot at 1/125 second at f/11 at 320 ISO.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape