When heat meets water - how amazing is the beauty in this alchemy!
I've been having the most wonderful time diving into my photographs over the past weeks... interspersed with reading about the history of Russia, Mongolia and Europe!!!
I came across a couple of photographs from Iceland last year when we went to near the Vatnajökull Glacier where the lava from the recent eruption of the Holuhraun Volcano runs close to a waterway, heating the water to create steam and creating the most incredible landscape.
How amazing is the beauty in the alchemy of water and heat!
You can see more posts from Iceland hereand more amazing photographs of Greenland after our time in Iceland.
It has been a particularly wet summer this year here in Iceland with average day time temperatures well below the norm.... and the total number of 'sun hours' for the month of August being a grand total of 17hours in much of Iceland. That isn't much sun at all hey!!!
Consequently there is a LOT of water running from the mountains - sliding and meandering toward the cold oceans surrounding Iceland.
For those who know me - waterfalls are not a favourite subject matter of mine... but this time there was a power within them which I had not felt anywhere else before. There was something quite special about the clarity of the water....and the way it fell from the layers in the volcanic topography.
Pop to a gallery by clicking here of a selection of waterfall images ...some happy snaps taken whilst driving past...and others standing in their majestic presence.
Mountains and moisture!!!
The landscape in Iceland is spectacular! There is always a geological feature in view..... and we have found there is also a lot of moisture... whether it be in the form of clouds; mist; ocean or moisture running out from the ground in either raging waterfalls or trickling streams.
Iceland has on average a 79% chance of precipitation on any given day... so that means a lot of cloudy misty and showery days! We have experienced about the average which has provided an opportunity for me to experience the landscape in a more mysterious way than if the geological features were exposed in full sunlight.
Pop to the gallery of more images of Mountains and moisture by clicking here.
Some find a spiritual connection through a pilgrimage to Sacred places such as the headwaters of the Ganges ..and here I find myself in my own - yet unplanned pilgrimage of sorts; as I lay with hot surges of heated glacial water gently caressing my body...with the full moon hanging behind the misty clouds and steam being carried in the icy highland wind.
I lay immersed with hot steaming water flowing over my body - crystal clear water which had probably fallen as rain hundreds of thousands of years ago ( perhaps longer but will need to check my facts on this one :) and was suspended in a glacier - now in a melting river flowing under the frozen ice; heated by a lava flow which we were told by the Ranger was its first birthday today of its new flow.
I am privileged to be in Iceland.
We have been in Iceland for a few days now..and today it the first day.....