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Beach Ice

While we were making our way up the eastern coast, we shared a B&B with a number of people on a photography holiday. The guy running the tour mentioned that if you go to the beach by the glacial lagoon at sunrise you can get some cool shots as it lights up all the glacial ice washed up on shore. Dad chickened out of the morning swim/photography at sunrise so I went alone.

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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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        From the top

        We managed to get a little climbing in last week. This is a shot from the top. There were two routes there that we had to play with. the first was quite easy but was perfect as a warm up and offered a challenge to those to had never climbed before. Everyone including those that had never climbed before managed to complete it which made for a really fun day. the second route was rather challenging with multiple overhangs but was quite fun. Unfortunately none of us completed it. Those of us that attempted it all managed to get everything but the last hold.

        Taking this photo was rather interesting as I was climbing with my entire pack on my back including four lenses and all my other outdoor gear. I’ve never had this extra weight climbing before and it really changes your center of gravity and how your body reacts to holds.

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          Aigua

          Barcelona has to be one of the most interesting cities to visit from a cultural perspective. One can get lost in the old town for hours, wandering lost in the maze of small streets and alleyways. Like most Spanish cities, the best photos are found in the little details in the older areas of the cities. The doors decorating the old portions of the city provide and endless array of unique photo opportunities.

          This is the entrance to the new side of the Familia Sagrada, a building that has been under construction since 1882 and has an estimated completion date of 2028

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            Greeting
            This weeks bonus photo brought to you in part by:
            The anchors above my bed (relocated to the deep)
            in conjunction with:
            The bow-thruster right below it.
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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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                Water Dance

                The first mate of the boat I was working on challenged me to get a good photo of a storm petrel. These birds dance on top of the water picking food off the surface. They are both small and fast making them a challenge to photograph. Seventy five exposures later I had one good photo. Very rewarding in the end.

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