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N 29 B 1.1K C 15 E Dec 16, 2018 F Dec 20, 2018
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Views to Mount Esja (914 m high), who shows her true textures during sunrise in winter.

The mountain was probably created during the early stages of the ice age, about 2,5 million years ago, and stacked up with alternating strata of basaltic lavas and hyaloclastites, which have been metamorphosed and show a variety of colours.

Tags:   Esja Mountain Relief Texture Shadows Telephoto 16:9 Iceland Reykjavik Terrain Volumes Áferð Fjall Vetur Winter Invierno Rugged Angular Diagonal Perpendicular Ská Sunrise Early Morning Good Morning

N 28 B 979 C 6 E Nov 22, 2018 F Dec 8, 2018
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Moss is one of my favorite plants, a true pioneer and resilient survivor. But one needs a degree of humility to notice this hero in the shadows.

After a volcano erupts and the harsh lava has completely cooled down, one of the first plant colonizers is going to be moss. Spongy and soft, it covers the lava's sharp edges with a thick, green cushion.

Moss is a producer, since it takes in water and nutrients through its tiny leaves and at the same time absorbs sunlight for photosynthesis. Mosses are therefore able to survive without soil, taking up rainwater and mineral salts through the whole of their body surface. Now, that's something!

And if that's not enough, it's able to tolerate severe drying yet recovers immediately in the first rain shower. It lives and grows in modesty, at a rate of about 1 cm per year.

There are 500-600 different species of mosses here in Iceland and one of the most abundant species is called the woolly fringemoss, which you can see in this image, taken in the National Park of Snæfellsjökull, in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Tags:   Racomitrium lanuginosum Moss Musgo Mosi Iceland Islandia National Park Rocks Lava Woolly Fringemoss Hoary rock-moss Wooly Moss Pioneer Hero Extreme conditions Resilient Resilience Lava Field Snæfellsnes Snaefellsnes Snæfellsjökull National Park Survivor Tiny Small Humble Modest Nature Green Texture Shape Soft Hard Colorful

N 11 B 718 C 1 E Nov 22, 2018 F Dec 6, 2018
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That is one serious hole, actually a blowhole, all the way down to the ocean. I din't dare to get any closer to look down.

The location is very near Arnarstapi, as one takes the hike in the direction to Hellnar.

Tags:   Iceland B&W Black & White Sepia Vertical Person Walk Danger Hole Rocks Snæfellsnes Snaefellsnes Peninsula Arnarstapi Dangerous Vertigo Texture Blowhole Marine Geyser Vertical Shaft Basalt

N 23 B 1.3K C 9 E Nov 22, 2018 F Dec 6, 2018
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This image was taken at the National Park of Snæfellsjökull, in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula (Iceland).

I find it quite interesting to see the scars of previous volcanic eruptions.

I look at that layer of solid rock that cracked at some point, revealing that it was hollow beneath it, and I start to wonder if there might be some nearby secret lava tunnels that have not been discovered yet.

It also makes me think of Jules Verne and his "Journey to the Center of the Earth". There are probably lots of possible adventures in the area. Specially for photographers!

The mountains in the distance are Hreggnasi, Miðfell and then the volcano and glacier Snæfellsjökull itself.

Tags:   Iceland Islandia Snæfellsjökull Snæfellsjökull National Park Snaefellsjokull Snæfellsnes Snæfellsnes Peninsula Hreggnasi Miðfell Volcano Snæfellsjökull 4:3 Vertical Landscape Moss Rock Lava Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth

N 484 B 15.0K C 58 E Nov 25, 2018 F Nov 24, 2018
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It was one of those things that you simply cannot pass. That day there was no wind, so the lake's surface was completely still.

The area is called Staðarsveit, and it's in the southern part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. And the mountain is called Þorgeirsfell.

ISO 100 ; f/5.6 ; 1/40 ; @18mm

Tags:   Iceland Islandia Snæfellsnes Snaefellsnes Peninsula Snaefellsnes Þorgeirsfell Staðarsveit Reflection Lake Good Weather 16:9 Road 54 Nature Water Logn Relax Calm Symmetry Serene Colorful Mountains Fjöll Explore Contemplate Contemplative


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