Run-off water from the Bjarnarflag Geothermal Power Station in north Iceland accumulates in a pool of iridescent blue. The right conditions can lend an otherworldly look to the scene, such as when a snowstorm obscures the surrounds of the pool (first image below).

Kristinn Ingi Pétursson at Bjarnarflag geothermal power plant, Mývatn, Iceland

Kristinn Ingi Pétursson stares into the blue
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Pool at Bjarnarflag power plant in Mývatn, Iceland

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Strange Forms in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

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Strange landscape in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

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The tailings of a quarry present an extraterrestrial sight following a dusting of snow and frost near Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland. In the second image a lone decrepit house on the abandoned farm Reykjanes is seen in the shadow of the mountain Reykjaneshyrna.


Good Friday today.

The old church at Árnes in Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland is seen in a snow storm last week.

Árnes church in Trékyllisvík in a snow storm

Árneskirkja (1850) in Trékyllisvík in a snow storm
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Árnes church in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Trékyllisvík, Strandir coast of Iceland
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A beautiful music session erupted spontaneously when we found ourselves in the new church hall across the street. This Icelandic song – Rósin (The Rose) – was written by Guðmundur Halldórsson and set to music by Friðrik Jónsson.

Vocals: Linda Guðmundsdóttir
Organ: Kristinn Ingi Pétursson

  • jc - April 3, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    Very beautiful, dear Rajanbab. Interesting that you are able to transition seamlessly between the Super-Heat of Death Valley to the Frigid temps of Iceland.ReplyCancel

A taste of the Icelandic winter.

Heavy snow and high winds have shut down the only route in and out of the Strandir coast in the Westfjords area of Iceland. Hopefully the weather tomorrow will permit the once-a-week flight from Reykjavík to the nearby airstrip in Gjögur. If not I get to enjoy the blowing snow until Tuesday when the next clearing of the road is scheduled.

The conditions have not deterred us – my friend Kristinn Ingi Pétursson and I – from venturing out and taking photos.

Urðartindur cottages in snow storm, Norðurfjörður

Our cottages in Norðurfjörður in blowing snow
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Krossneslaug geothermal pool, world's best pool by location5D Mark III, 11-24L

Location, Location, Location – Krossneslaug geothermal pool
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Couple out on a walk in snow storm

A stroll in a storm
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Couple out on a walk in snow storm near Krossnes, Norðurfjörður

We caught up for a friendly chat
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  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - April 7, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    Oh man, Rajan, this blizzard looks nasty! I hope you’re staying warm enough and enjoying the geothermal pool.:-)ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - March 30, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    Hard as it may be to believe, Rajan, I’m rather jealous! After the horrible drought of a winter we’ve had here in California, I’d love to be stuck in a blizzard for a week. Stay safe, and good luck with making storm images!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 31, 2015 - 4:03 am

      Jackson, I see that you have been enjoying the wildflower bloom in the Mojave Desert.ReplyCancel

Wind power.

A fierce sandstorm in progress on a December morning last year near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park, California.

Windstorm in Panamint Range of Death Valley (near Stovepipe Wells)

Windstorm in Panamint Range of Death Valley (near Stovepipe Wells)

Raging sandstorm, Death Valley
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  • Premanand - March 16, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Rajan bhai, how did you protect your lens and camera from the blowing sand? Were you inside the car?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 16, 2015 - 10:09 am

      Premanand-bab, fortunately the wind was at my back and I could shield my lens in my jacket, exposing it to the elements only briefly.ReplyCancel