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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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    Untitled

    Dad and I found this beach by accident. In the Lonely Planet guide Dad got for free from the rental agency, there was a small footnote about a hole in the wall cliff with some old stones used to test peoples strength to become fisherman. This was accessed by a tiny unassuming road almost indistinguishable from it’s surroundings from the snow blown over it. After exploring the stones and the hole in the wall we decided to walk the extra 200m over to the beach. The wind was just whipping in and the waves were massive and thundering ashore. With only one other couple there it made the entire experience very surreal as you felt very much at the mercy of the weather around you.

    In a side note, I still maintain the fisherman’s test stones were frozen to the ground. Also, if you are going to Iceland, the Lonely Planet is a must. Without it you will drive past roads you didn’t even know were there and miss some of the best features Iceland has to offer.  This was by far the highlight of the day.

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      Sunburst

      “We really shouldn’t be taking photos right now..”

      “Yeah, we really should get back to work.”

      Click….Click….Click….Click……

      A deck conversation steaming down the coast of Sardinia in the early morning.

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        Farmhouse

        For the first three days of our trip, Dad and I were constantly driving through whiteout conditions that obscured not only the road ahead of us but the entire landscape around us. It was like being covered in a bright white sheet. At the same time there was method to the madness as at every point of interest this sheet was lifted without fail for five to ten minutes giving us spectacular views of the country around us and usually a perfect view of what we came to see. We were inverse storm chasing catching glimpses of spectacular scenery and on the whole, appreciating it more as we never grew accustom to our surroundings.

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          Shifting Snow

          One of the things we saw a lot of in Iceland was light snow running across the ground like a fluid. At sunset, it would light up orange like a grass-fire and run across the horizon. This shot was taken as we came off the Skaftafellsjokull arm of the Vatnajokull glacier (the largest glacier in Iceland).

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            Ice on Fire

             

            Iceland, on our way back to the Baenir and Braud B&B in Stykkisholmur. Baenir & Braud was was by far our favorite place to stay in Iceland. Greta, the owner, is truly the best host we had on the island.
            Having just finished our drive around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, we returned to find every shop and restaurant closed (it was Sunday after all). We ate burgers at the local gas station with a couple who were in the exact same predicament.
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