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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78 – Special Spot Shot

Now, nearly all festivities are over and we’re coming back to normal. So, the Lens-Artist Photo challenge starts again. Ann-Christine asks us for our special spot shots. I was on many special spots during the last years. Some of them mean a lot to me, others are only interesting and/or impressive. An example for a location that means a lot to me could be the visit to Mt. Saint Michel or my trip to Seychelles beside others.

But, for today I chose another very impressive spot: Diamond beach on Iceland

Here we have black lava sand at the beach. Not far away a river ends in the Arctic sea. The river comes from a glacier lagoon. Every now and then, icebergs fall of the glacier and drop in the lake at the foot of the glacier. From here the low tide pulls the smaller icebergs through the river to the sea where they become smaller and smaller. The in-coming high tide throws the small blocks of ice on the beach. The very low standing sun is able to inflame a fantastic warm light inside the clear iceblocks. This special moment only lasts a few minutes until the sun dropped behind the glacier and the magic minutes were over. The image is taken at 23:10 😲

I ordered a big print of this image for our dining room. Just like some other great nature images, it rotates over the year in hanging there.

Take care!

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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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Arctic Terns

600_3925-ec_wIn my last posts, I gave you a slight overview on the birds living around Iceland. Today I picked some photos taken at Jökulsárlón. Between the lake and the parking ground, there is a huge breeding place of the arctic terns. Thousands of birds are constantly commoting from their nest to the lake from fishing and back. Skuas are also in the crowd. Always ready to force a tern to give up her prey.

Take care!

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diamonds at the sea

600_6055-ec_wThis is another aspect of the combination of ice and sun: shiny little diamonds laying on the back sand at the beach, just like they were laying in a jewelry store’s window decorated on black velvet.

The setting sun was able to illuminate these compact blocks of clear ice from behind. Where the sun reaches the ice, it is illuminated in a warm, soft orange. While those parts of the blocks, not hit by the sun, stay in their cold, blue appearance.

The sun must have a very low stand to illuminate the ice blocks in this way. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long. It lasted only for a few minutes, before the sun hided behind the mountains.

Many other people also were on that beach as we were there. So, it was kind of hard to avoid people somewhere in the background of my own photos. Some people even were taking ice blocks to drape them on the beach.

Enjoy!

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ocean on the rocks

600_6503e_wI haven’t seen such stuff before! Ice laying on the beach. Ocean waves come and flow around them. And a wonderful sky above.

Mother nature is extremely talented in using her powers to compose scenarios with her colors, structures and other decorative stuff. What an extravagance – simply for impressing us?

No repetition. Everything is a unique piece of art.

Enjoy!

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