WPC: Detail

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post is “Detail”.

I picked an image from my archive, showing the polished shell of a certain kind of sea-snail, the Haliotis, common name is abalone.

Below the ugly surface, you can find this wonderful subject.

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Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

WPC: look up

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post is “look up”.

Try to find out, what you can see here ūüôā

Most times, we look down to earth. where to put our feet and try to find a save path though our daily business and our whole live. But, also try to lift your eyes and look in a different direction. What do you find there?

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

WPC: opposites

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “opposites”.

In this image you can see the sun and the moon covering most of the sun. I took this image last year during the partial eclipse. Unfortunately, the sky was covered the whole day. But, over a few minutes right at the maximum the clouds became thinner and gave me the opportunity to take this shot.

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

WPC: Inspiration

The guys over at The Daily Post¬†asked for our source of inspiration for this weeks photo challenge. That’s easy: Mother nature with all their natural beings, people as well as animals and of course all the different landscapes. In my blog you can find lots of photos documenting this. Thus, I picked one as an example.

Take care and handle our planet with care. We only have this one!!

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plants in the Icelandic highlands

In my last post I started to show you some of the Icelandic plants. Today I have some more plants. These plants grow in the highlands.

600_2530-ecc_wIn the highlands you can find many, many mosses and lichens. But, can also find tiny blooming plants: i.e.

  • Silene acaulis, known as moss campion or cushion pink (St√§ngelloses Leimkraut)
  • Silene uniflora Roth (Klippen-Leimkraut¬†/¬†Einbl√ľtiges Leimkraut)
  • Armeria (Grasnelke)
  • Chamerion latifolium (formerly Epilobium latifolium) known as Dwarf Fireweed or¬†River Beauty Willowherb¬†(Arktisches Weidenr√∂schen)
  • Dryas octopetala, common names include mountain avens, eightpetal mountain-avens, white dryas, and white dryad (Silberwurz)

I’m not a biologist, nor a botanist. Thus, I might have errors in the latin names. I got them by using Wikipedia and a German web-site dedicated to traveling Scandinavia. I’m quite sure about the German names noted inside the brackets, because I made notes from the explanations by our guide on Iceland and compared my photos very carefully to the sample photos on Wikipedia to be as accurate as possible.

Take care!

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plants on Iceland

600_6597-e_wUntil now, I showed you much of the fantastic landscapes of Iceland. I guess, you noticed, there aren’t lots of trees around although many parts of the landscape are green. And that’s true. So far in the north, trees need very long time to grow. And in the past centuries (the vikings arrived more than 1.000 years ago and started settling back in lat 9th century). Over the centuries the trees were cut for building houses, ships and for cooking / heating. Thus you can’t find any forests anymore expect small¬†grove, planted by farmers.

Nowadays, you can find many greenhouses for growing food (i.e. sweet pepper, tomatoes and so on). They are heated by geothermal sources. But this is not our todays topic.

Today and in my next post I want to show you several plants, I found. I want to start in the lowlands and more urban parts of Iceland, while my next posts will be dedicated to the plants in the highlands.

Many parts in the lowlands are covered by different kinds of grass. In wet areas you can find blooming cotton grass during summer and angelic, the source for a schnaps (kind of hard liquor). Huge areas are covered by lupines (did you know, you can use the seeds of lupines to make coffee?). They were planted to modify¬†the soil and prepare it to plant other useful plants afterwards, but they spread out widely and now cover huge parts of the land. A photo can’t transport the beauty of these huge fields of blooming lupines.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: broken

 

610_7890-eb_wThis weeks topic at “The Daily Post” ¬†for the photo challenge is “broken”.

Regardless if it is intentionally broken or not. A ruin or something after an accident. You got the picture.

I picked this old graveyard, because the single graves are broken, but also the relationships between the people in this yard and those outside. Hearts might be broken, too, from mourning.

I edited it in monochrome, to support the special mood!

Take care!