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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #73 – Cold

It’s the end of November. In the northern hemisphere this means, we’re just about at the door of winter and winter means coldness. And “cold” is the theme nominated by Tina.

In February 2016 I was in northern Norway. The winter you can find over there is much harder than the winter in my region. Although, we usually have cold winters with temperatures around -10°C and lower. Even this past week the temperature felt below 0°C painting nice decorations on the plants. Car windows were also frozen, so the drivers were complaining much.

But for this challenge, I’ve chosen something different: icebergs floating on lake Jökulsárlón in southern Iceland near sunset. You can’t imagine how cold the wind is when it comes down from the glacier to the lake even in mid summer – lousy could.

Take care!

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glacier run

600_6654-e_wAs I wrote in my last post, you can find lots of glaciers in Iceland. Thick packs of ice flowing slowly downhill. The landscape looks cold, but peaceful.

Near Þjóðvegur there is a huge plain. Although the whole country is quite empty nearly everywhere, this area is special. Beside the street you can only see rocks and black ground. Three bridges crossing three wide but dry river beds. At the edge of this plain you can find a parking ground with something like modern art and info signs explaining the plains and the art installation.

It’s not really art. It a remain from the last glacier run, a few years ago. The glaciers in the background became liquid and overflooded the whole plain, destroying the street and the bridges. The steel beams from the bridges were deformed. When the flood was over, two of these steel beams were kept and formed to this art installation as a memorial.

Our guide told us, the government would observe the glaciers very carefully to predict such a glacier run and to warn all people in the certain area by radio broadcast and text messages to the mobiles to leave a jeopardized area. The advance time is very short. But, the flood is extremely quick and dangerous.

Enjoy!

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glacier land

600_6585-ec_wInside the name Iceland, you find the word ‘ice’. That’s not by chance. Many parts of Iceland are covered by thick ice sheets and the glaciers reach down to the valleys and even reach the ocean level as I showed at the lake Jökulsarlon.

But, you can see, how far the glaciers shrinked and pulled back their tongues as a result of the global warming. While the moraines right and left the former glaciers still exists, the ice itself is gone.

It’s really a funny experience, when crossing a glacier while the wind comes down over the glacier, it is really cold – way colder than the surrounding air.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: adventure

600_5908-ec_wThe photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “adventure” this week.

What does adventure mean? Is it the challenging crowd in a mega city? Or is it covering the wilderness? Maybe it is something you haven’t done before.

Here you can see three guys on a hike upwards in the icelandic mountains. Look on the pebbles on the ground, look on the landscape, look on the weather, look on your equipment, food and water.  And, don’t forget the time.

Each adventurer has to plan his or her trip very carefully to came back in good shape. So, you too.

Take care!