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Goðafoss, Iceland

Rivers and streams flowing down to the ocean create a tremendous number of waterfalls in Iceland. On my trip around the ring road, I stopped to photograph one famous set of waterfalls – Goðafoss – where a river pours over a shelf of rock creating five falls of various sizes. Driving rain kept me in the car for a few minutes, but the cloud passed and I was able to photograph the falls from a few angles without getting my camera too wet. I first took a few photographs after rock hopping to the cliff at the top of the falls (first photo below- no ND filter). I then walked down stream and set my tripod up so I could take a bulb exposure looking back up at the falls (second panorama- with ND filter). Note the dark rain cloud that is looming in the upper right corner of most of my photographs on this day.

LookingDownOnGodafossIcelandLooking down on Goðafoss, northern Iceland (16″x54″)

 

Godafoss_Bulb_Number2_IcelandGoðafoss (Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x54″)

 

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Sunset over Westfjords, Iceland

As the sun was setting around midnight, I took a walk down to the water among grazing sheep and Arctic terns.

SunsetoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandSunset over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”64″)


Westfjord Bulb Panorama, Iceland

After visiting the puffins nesting along the cliffs of the Westfjords , I stopped to take a long-exposure (‘bulb’) panorama of the ocean crashing against the empty beach near Breiðavík.

OceanRocksClouds_nearBreiðavík_IcelandOcean, Rocks, and Clouds (Bulb), near Breiðavík, Iceland (16″x”34″)


Westfjords, Iceland

Shifting cloud cover creates ever-changing summer light and shadow over the cliffs of Iceland’s Westfjords near Hnjótur.

ShiftingLightoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandShifting Light over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”59″)


Ólafsvík Waterfall, Iceland

On Snæfellsnes peninsula, streams flowing off the flanks of the mountain cascade over basalt cliffs, forming a series of falls in the shifting clouds.

ÓlafsvíkFalls3_IcelandÓlafsvík Falls (#3), Ólafsvík, Iceland (16″x40″)


Cirque below Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Snæfellsjökull sits atop a stratovolcano overlooking the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. To get a closer look at the mountain and snowfields, I hiked up a path that eventually disappeared into a landscape covered in spongy moss and grass. I stopped mid-hike to photograph the clouds and shadows hugging the flanks of the mountain.

CloudedFlanksStratovolcano2IcelandClouded flanks of the Stratovolcano (#2), Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x”85″)


Snæfellsnes Landscape, Iceland

A glacier-capped mountain rises from the cooled basalt lava flows on Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Road_Basalt_Flows_Snaef_IcelandRoad through the Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x74″)

Jumbled_Basalt_Landscape_Snæfellsnes_Iceland.jpgJumbled Basalt Landscape, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x65″)


Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Snæfellsnes peninsula pokes out into the northern reaches of the North Atlantic Ocean. A glacier-capped 700,000 year old stratovolcano dominates the landscape in this national park, where craters rise up out of the cooled lava flows extending out to the ocean. I drove out to the western cliffs of Snæfellsnes peninsula to photograph the waves crashing against the basalt.

Snæfellsjökull_Waves_BasaltFlows_IcelandOcean Waves on Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland


Pass near Búðir, Iceland

Near Snæfellsjökull National Park in northwest Iceland, highway 54 turns north and climbs over a pass. I stopped to photograph a lone hut near the top of the pass.

RedHut_Pass_nearBudhir_IcelandRed Hut on the Pass (near Búðir), northwestern Iceland (16″x49″)


Budhir, Iceland

I spent much of my time in southern Arizona searching for desert falls to photograph during the summer monsoon or winter rain storms. In Iceland, sustained precipitation and snow melt generate constantly flowing rivers and streams. Giant waterfalls cascade over cliffs every few hundred meters along the side of the ring road; it was difficult for me not to stop every five minutes, pull out my camera, set up my tripod, and shoot another panorama. Here is one of the many gorgeous locations along the Ring Road where dramatic clouds billow over cliffs disappearing into the distance.

Cliffs_Falls_nearBudhir_IcelandCliffs and Falls (near Budhir), northwestern Iceland (16″x41″)