In the coast redwoods of California.
A quick swing through the gem that is California‘s oldest state park, the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Feast for the soul.
Ketildalir (“Kettle Valleys”) are a series of valleys along Arnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. Resembling the snouts of mythical prehistoric creatures in repose, the mountains lining the fjord present an arresting spectacle.
My friend Kristinn Ingi Pétursson (seen in the images below) and I set out on a wintry afternoon along the only route in. Check out the short video of the highlights.
The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashurama–bhoomi, the Land of Parashurama.
There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the beautiful village of Painguinim. It is surmised that the shrine had its origins around the 13th C during the days of the Nath Panthis. Although the idol is of recent vintage, a much older aniconic panel is found on the temple premises.
The crater’s many moods.
Hverfjall is a massive tephra ring crater formed during a volcanic eruption around 2800 years ago. It is part of the Krafla Volcanic System near Mývatn in north Iceland. The crater is 1.3 Kms in diameter and 140 metres deep.
As these images suggest, the Icelandic landscape is given to rapid and dramatic transformation wrought by capricious weather and lighting conditions. Often it is only a matter of minutes for a complete makeover.
A word on pronunciation: Hver = kver, put a ‘k’ before ‘where’, and fjall = fyaatl. Approximately, kver-fyaatl.
Also, none of the photographs below is a black & white conversion.