Southward Bound

September 14, 2012

Hello again, thanks for taking the time to read my blog, check out the pictures and following my travels.

I think its fair to say that today, we’ve been though all seasons.

We started cold,

We warmed up through the middle,

Then it was quite hot.

It was comfortable but cool

And then it got cold.

We woke up to our winter wonderland at our accommodation in Lake Myvatn, ice drops hanging from the gutters and dripping in the warm mornings’ sunlight. We had had a pleasant sleep, unfortunately oversleeping the alarm we had set to try and catch any Aurora. Really annoyed about that, but there’s nothing we can do in hindsight.

It wasn’t long before we were driving down another mountain, to another tourist attraction – the geothermal “bubbling mud” pools, and rocky stacks of sulfuric steaming ground. We happened to get there just as a busload of asian tourists did, and this made the first part of the photographic day quite frustrating, as they kept walking into my shots to take dorky “pose with the natural feature” pictures. Eventually I got some images that I was pleased with

 

^ general view of the scene

 ^ sulfuric steaming stack… Ill never forget the smell of this steam… EVER.

We did however, achieve making it to the south coast, only a few days behind schedule for doing so. We’re now in Hofn, a little village in the south, not far from Jokusarlon, the famous Glacier Lagoon and black-sand beaches. We know we’re going to spend the better part of a day there!

We continued onwards and a leisurely pace, due to our lack of plans and due to the ice on the road not allowing us to speed… I had injured my knee the previous day - I slid over while josh was recording a video of me, supposedly removing ice from signs, but it went wrong… so I’ve got a few bruises, no biggie. Getting moving was tough, the intense cold of the last few days prompted me to go out and replace all my “adventure” gear that Id bought in Australia, with items bought in Iceland, and therefore suitable for their weather conditions! New thermals, new gloves and new face balaclava. The balaclava makes me look like I’m going to rob the closest convenience store, so I only wear it when there’s the high freezing winds. The thermal is brilliant.

I can higly recommend the following brands for real winter warmth:

Didricksons 1913

66 North

Delvine (thermals)

Don’t buy in Australia… your cash will be wasted and you’ll still be cold.

Unfortunately, due to the extreme snow, some of the waterfalls like Dettifoss were unreachable due to the fact that the roads had not been plowed, and our paltry 4WD was definitely not up to the task of getting us there. This is the reason we made it to the south so fast. There was nothing to do but drive. After a few hours of driving, the snow-covered lands returned to the brown desert that it mostly is. I was beginning to get tired of seeing all the snow, it closed many attractions in the area, and, as you know from reading this blog, delayed our journey.

For the first time since the trip, we passed through some rather bland scenery. This was short-lived and as we navigated the hills and made our way out of the higher-lands and down to the coast, the scenery got markedly better. I”m starting to feel the limitations of my precious D700… it’s had a hard life and is being tested somewhat here in Iceland. Service after service it comes out great, but soon the wonky wheels are noticable, its bizarre little quirks love to come out just when I’m in the middle of something crucial, and this is beginning to frustrate me a lot. I think it’s fair to say that I’m going to retire it as soon as I can afford a D800, or D800E…. but who knows when that will be… Frustrated that I can’t predict what it’s going to do next… My backup D300s is still going strong, but it’s not an FX camera. Those who’ve owned an FX over a DX will know what I’m talking about… there’s just something so sweet about using the entire sensor.

As this day was spent doing a lot of driving, and as my last post was rather image-less, shall I attempt to make it al better for you? I think so. This small collection comes from the past two days’ shooting and processing. Please tell me what you think!

 

^ Afternoon colours

 ^ gorgeous rocky outcrops like this are everywhere

 ^ this is how we lost power a few days ago in Akureyri… the lines froze and snapped

^hanging out with some Icelandic horses this afternoon. They’re unique because Iceand does not allow imports or exports of

livestock.


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