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Aging

I love the character in wood. It’s fantastic to work with and every peice is unique in it’s own right.  This was just a random stump halfway up a mountain in Montenegro.

I’m going to be doing a number of updates this week to counter the lack of new photos in the last couple months.

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    Winter Waterfall

    I don’t have much to say about this photo. Iceland has an abundance of waterfalls. I absolutly love waterfalls and winter always gives them an element overlooked by many people. This one, Skogarfoss was situated under the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano(I got pretty good an pronouncing Icelandic words however this one still eludes me) which erupted in 2010 causing the well publicized European airspace closure.

    A side note to this photo. Beside this waterfall is the Museum of Skógar. This amazing museum boasts artifacts from Icelandic history going from present all the way back to the Viking era. There are also a number of old houses, a church and school preserved from early Icelandic settlements. If you are lucky, you will run into Þórður Tómasson who happens to be the Curator, Founder and owner of a good portion of the collection. We were lucky enough to get a private tour which included demonstrations and even a song on the church’s organ. This was one of the most memorable moments of our trip.

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      Ice Spikes

      Dad and I are running a pretty tight schedule on our last day in Iceland. I manage to convince him to detour to a lava tube mentioned in Lonely Planet. Eventually we arrive at the spot. You could very easily miss the tiny sign and drive right by it.

      The tube is just a hole in the ground. Dad is pretty hisitant about going in, I’m already  down. It’s not easy going. The snow has build up inside coming in through spots where the roof has caved in. After about 50m Dad says it’s time to go. I’m still moving forward. Dad starts heading back. I climb over another cave-in and..

      “Dad, you have to see this!”

      The whole cave is sparkling. thousands of these ice spikes lit up by a ray of sun coming through the roof. Five minutes and numerous exposures later the sun is gone. The angle means it’s only shining through the hole for about 10 minutes a day.

       

       

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        Tree

        I’m not sure I like the way this turned out. I was trying to get a 3D effect but i think there is just too much going on in this photo.

        It’s all I have for this week though so it will do.

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          Gates

          This was part of my favorite road on Mallorca on the way to probably the best walk/hike on Mallorca. I’m not going to tell you where it is though to keep it from getting too well known. You’ll just have to find it for yourself (which will make it that much better).

           

           

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            Schooner

            This is one I’ve had sitting here for a while. I was saving it for when I didn’t have time to get a photo finished. I guess this will work.

            This was taken while we were anchored below Mt Etna in Sicily. Mt Etna is one of the worlds most active volcanoes. I was working the night shift that trip and as a result was able to watch Etna as tiny fingers of lava ran down it’s side in addition to the lava being spewed out of the vent. It wasn’t a particularly large eruption however being the first active eruption i’ve ever seen it was still pretty cool to watch.

            The photo was taken as the sun was coming up and I was coming off shift and heading down for some breakfast and bed.

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              Wally

              The Good: Crusing around in this thing was pretty amazing. Like cruising around in a Lamborghini limo (if they even make those).

              The Bad: It was a pig to drive, a nightmare for the engineers, as reliable as a watch from a Looky Looky guy and as the photo illustrates, had to be towed everywhere.

               

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                Rust

                One of the defining things about my job is how much time is spent managing rust and corrosion. It’s amazing what salt water can do in a short period of time. Even more impressive as time goes on.

                I took this while waiting in the tender for the chef who was off getting some provisions. I’m always curious how old the rings and bollards are in these places and what ships used to tie up to them.

                I really like the three dimensional aspect this photo took on.

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