Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “ocean

Rialto Beach Log, Fog, and Sea Stacks

Late summer fog blankets Rialto Beach.

RialtoBeachLogSeaStack_SingleFrame_BWRialto Beach Sea Stacks and Log, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)

 

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Fog over Rialto Beach

In September, I took a trip out to Olympic National Park and spent a day near Mora and Rialto Beach. Late summer rains blew in and cleared out the smoke from forest fires, leaving low-hanging fog over sea stacks along the coast.

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Rialto Beach Sea Stacks and Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (16″x16″)


Reynisdrangar, Iceland

Basalt sea stacks rise out of the ocean on the southern Icelandic coast.

Reynisdrangar_SeaStacks_Panorama_IcelandReynisdrangar Sea Stacks, southern Iceland (16″x38″)


Ice and Sand at Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Icebergs from the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull calve into Jökulsárlón, where they are carried out to the ocean.  The wind and waves then push the melting chunks of ice up onto the black sands of ‘Diamond Beach’ (Jökulsárlón Ice Beach). This is another one of those sweet spots in Iceland where climate and geology combine to make a perfect location to photograph.

Jokulsarlon_Lagoon1_SingleFrameJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #1), East Iceland (12″x18″)

Jokulsarlon_Ice3_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #3), East Iceland

Jokulsarlon_Ice6_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Sand and Ice (Single Frame #6), East Iceland

 

 

 


Westfjords Beach, Iceland

The Garðar BA 64, a steel fishing vessel that was retired in the 1980’s, was run aground in Skápadalur Valley in the Westfjords, where it sits rusting on the beach as clouds and storms roll in off the Atlantic and Arctic. I wish I would have stopped here for longer to photograph the century-old vessel- a great example of how time, wind, and water slowly eat away at the human creation.

GarðarBA64_WestFjords_IcelandGarðar BA 64, Skápadalur Valley in the Westfjords, Iceland (12″x18″)

 


Rain Clouds from Pass, Iceland

We crossed from fjord to hilltop to fjord as we drove from the Westfjords towards Akureyri. The wind was so strong that I had to stand at an angle when photographing the fog hanging low over a mountain. We stopped on top of a pass near Varmahlíð to photograph the clouds as they broke like ocean waves against the mountains on the other side of the next fjord.

RainCloudsBreakingOverFjord_IcelandRain Clouds Breaking over Fjord, near Varmahlíð, Iceland (13″x”50″)


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″)


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