Category Archives: Video

Dive-bombed by Arctic terns. The Oystercatchers in the first two images below were perturbed by my intrusion into their nesting space and registered their displeasure with harried calls. Soon thereafter the nearby colony of Arctic terns sensed my presence, and the reaction was fierce. They set upon me with an intent to draw blood (see […]

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A test of nerves and skill. Landing an aircraft in Iceland‘s fjords can be an unnerving experience. Negotiating rapid changes in weather and visibility, especially the unforeseen wind gusts, demands a high level of skill. Icelandic pilots are very well trained to operate in these conditions. Last year in March I was stranded for 3 […]

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An extraordinary evening with Her Majesty. No mountain in Iceland inspires as much awe and affection as Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), set in the desolate expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain (1682 m) took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. To the […]

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Narkasur 2015 in Goa. Recycling the introduction from posts in years past – The Hindu festival of Diwali (Deepavali) has multiple interpretations, all having their basis in the triumph of virtue over vice. One version tells of the vile Narkasur, embodiment of the forces of darkness (tamas), ignorance (avidya) and baseness (adharma). The puranas recount […]

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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 […]

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