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Iceland - ash, moss and ice (2884)

Below Mýrdalsjökull

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Layers of ash, moss and in the background the ice of Mýrdalsjökull! The view into the river valley was simply breathtakingly beautiful. The black steep wall on the left, which makes various layers of ash visible and simply swallowed any light. In addition, once again the strong contrast to the moss on the mountain slopes.

I photographed this slope again in detail to show all the layers of black ash. But also a pano to reflect the vastness of this landscape. read more or write a comment …

Über der Mündung der Hólmsá (0219)

Above the mouth of the Hólmsá river

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Arrived in the evening at the wonderful Hrífunes Guesthouse, I used the golden hour the time to let the drones rise. Below the guesthouse lies the mouth of the Hólmsá into the Kúdaflót, one of the river arms of the Skaftá. Soon it became apparent that I was right, as the riverbed shone in many shades of yellow between the brown riverbed. At the beginning I let my drone fly in the direction of the ring road, because there a long, red bridge over the Kúdaflót could be seen. East of it begins the Eldhraun lava field, which was formed during the Laki eruption from 1783 to 1784 more than 60 km away from the eruption site. In the photo above, you can clearly see the yellow structures of the lava field on the left.

A look down reveals the full color splendor of the dry riverbed. Yellow shining moss in between brown structures of the dry riverbed: read more or write a comment …

Iceland — Mælifell

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For kilometers, Mælifellsandur, a vast black plateau, stretches north of the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. At one eastern end lies the conical cone of Mælifell, completely overgrown with moss. The contrast between the black outwash plain and the green mountain cone is great here.

Iceland - Black Sander (2748)

Black Sander

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If it weren’t for the light golden glitter in the free-blown area in front of the rocks, you could mistake this photo in the highlands of Iceland for a black and white image. I’ve seen these black sander areas at Black Beach before, but here in contrast with the light rocks it was a special sight!

Iceland - Einhyrningur (2669)

Einhyrningur — a brief moment of sunshine

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Einhyrningur — the unicorn. This striking rock stands like a gate pillar on the way from the southwest into the highlands of Iceland. While we had once again started in drizzle, the cloud cover at the Eyjafjallajökull glacier opened up a bit. Just as we had stopped for a first photo stop at Einhyrningur and only shortly after I had set up my tripod, the sunlight came out for a few minutes and made this special rock shine in all its glory! The clouds on its right flank give the impression that the old volcanic cone is still smoking.

No wonder the Icelanders call it Unicorn — Einhyrningur!

Iceland - View into the valley

View into the valley

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In the highlands of Iceland there are interlaced river valleys that run between the various ridges. Down to the river banks the black of the lava slopes and at the same time the moss, which can already be seen at the top of the mountain slopes. Down in the river plain only moss prevails. No tree is to be seen in this meager landscape.

Iceland - Moss lines on the ridge

Moss lines on the ridge

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On this ridge, the moss was applied in lines as if a model maker had draped it. I just wondered how such evenly arranged courses could be created in nature, but obviously the water flows down the mountainside in evenly arranged erosion channels.

There was a great color contrast here between the black slope and the vibrant green of the moss. It was just an advantage that it was drizzling almost non-stop.

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