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N 39 B 2.2K C 54 E Jul 21, 2012 F Sep 13, 2012
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This is one of my favorite places on the planet, and the reason why I live here in Iceland. The last 4 or 5 times I've been there the weather has been plain awful.

The one before the last the weather was so foggy that you could only see the road while driving (not the landscape). Here, it was such heavy rain -on my back, fortunately- that it was just like being in the shower. Quick shot, obviously.

The plant in the foreground is angelica, very common in Iceland.

Exif: ISO 160 ; f/5.6 ; 1/50 ; @14mm
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Tags:   Vík í Mýrdal Vík Reynisdrangar Iceland Islandia Angelica Angélica Hvönn 4:3 5:4 Bad Weather Meteorología Óveður Green Verde Grænn Ocean Sea Mar Océano Sjór Haf Samyang 14mm 2.8 Drama Dramatic Dyrhólaey

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Wofgang Amadeus Mozart kept a starling as a pet for 3 years.

Quote: "Mozart recorded the purchase of his starling in a diary of expenses, along with a transcription of a melody whistled by the bird and a compliment. The theme whistled by the starling must have fascinated Mozart for several reasons. The tune was certainly familiar, as it closely resembles a theme that occurs in the final movement of the Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453.

"Mozart recorded the completion of this work in his catalogue on 12 April in the same year. He sent the music to his father in Salzburg. The letter to his father is dated 26 May 1784, one day before the entry in his diary about the starling.

"Mozart's relationship with the starling thus begins on a tantalizing note. How did the bird acquire Mozart's music? [...] We entertain the possibility that Mozart, like other animal lovers, had already visited the shop and interacted with the starling before 27 May. Mozart was known to hum and whistle a good deal. Why should he refrain in the presence of a bird that seems to elicit such behavior so easily?"

Exif: ISO 100 ; f/1.2 ; 1/1250 @85mm
Subject distance: 1.65m

Tags:   Bird Pájaro Fugl Bíbí 5:4 Sturnus Vulgaris Starling Common Starling Estornino Estornino Pinto Reykjavík Iceland Islandia Bokeh Animal Wild

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I assume everybody knows the old joke: "why do people from (*) put a chair outside in the evenings?" Answer: "it's for the sun to set [sit]"

Very obviously then, there have been folks from that place (*) here. So this is what it takes to get the sun - set. Veeeery clever...

Exif: ISO 100 ; f/5.6 ; 1/500 ; @18mm

Tags:   Iceland Islandia Chair Silla Stóll Sunset Sólsetur Puesta de sol White Blanco Hvítur Blue Azul Blár 4:5 5:4 Joke Chiste Brandari

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The title is (as usual) some sort of play with words. Visual contact with the sea gull thanks to the lens. The gull is a lesser Black-Backed Gull. It is a regular winter visitor to the east coast of North America, probably from the breeding population in Iceland, according to Wikipedia.

Exif: ISO 100 ; f/4.5 ; 1/1250 ; @70mm

Tags:   Gull Sea-gull Mávur Máfur Gaviota Lesser Black-backed Gull Sílamáfur Sílamávur Gaviota sombría Bird Pájaro Fugl Volando Fljúgandi Flying Eye Contact Iceland Islandia White Blanco Hvítur 4:5 5:4 Animal

N 78 B 1.8K C 74 E Jul 21, 2012 F Aug 4, 2012
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I wonder if it is the freezing temperatures that are making this rock crack like this, by means of water turning into ice in the fissures. View in black, I guess.

Exif: ISO 100 ; f/5.6 ; 1/80 ; @14mm
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Tags:   5:4 Vesturhorn Iceland Islandia Rock Roca Steinn Mountain Montaña Fjall Sea Mar Sjór Clouds Nubes Ský Desaturated Selective Color Sand Arena Sandur Beach Playa Fjara Black Sand Arena Negra ND filter ND Grad Reverse ND Grad Samyang 14mm 2.8


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