Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

As time goes by

Welcome to Week 94 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After another week of fantastic posts, it’s time to come up with something to follow up on Old.

Of course, what comes with old age is advancing decrepitude! As we get older, we all feel it, and in the world around us, we get to witness it as Decay.  Of course, decay can take lots of different forms, from the mold on a slice of cheese and the rusting of a bucket to the dilapidation of a building.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to have some fun and capture your view of what decay means to you!  Let your creative minds run wild and capture what speaks to you.

Here is a bit of decay that I came across during my trip to Iceland…

The Once Proud Ship

This image was a detail that I captured of a boat that was parked next to the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland.  Time has started eating away at this lady of the herring-filled seas.

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’m looking forward to your views of decay!

Weathered Museum Piece

Texture after my heart!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.

Most likely there will be several entries for this theme, but one sprang to mind immediately.

During my visit to the wonderful, photogenic country of Iceland, I set my base just outside the second largest city of Akureyri; Akureyri is very much an industrious town with lots of practical appeal.  From there I explored the region, which led me to the Herring Era Museum in the picturesque town of Siglufjörður.

Here I found something a little weathered…


This wonderful texture was on one of the ancillary buildings.  The museum certainly gives a great sense of the time period of the herring boom, and bust, and is worth a visit!

Have a great day!

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


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


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…

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…

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!

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…

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.

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