Volcanic red.

Valagjá (pronounced ‘vaalaa-gyaow’ – gjá is fissure in Icelandic) is an explosion fissure wrought by Hekla, one of Iceland‘s most feared – and currently active – volcanoes. The bleeding red of the rift’s oxidized iron stands out in the dark expanse of volcanic ash, an otherworldly scene right out of the chronicles of Star Trek.

This area in the south-central Highlands often experiences gale-force winds. On this late afternoon, relatively calm conditions permitted the drone to take flight. And for a brief moment the sun spotlighted the tagl (‘tail’ of the fissure), seen below in the final image and the video.

An earlier post on Valagjá is here.

Valagjá, Iceland

Red
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 
Valagjá, Iceland

Valagjá
DJI Phantom 4

 
Valagjá Tagl, Iceland

Fissure colours
DJI Phantom 4

 
Valagjá Tagl, Iceland

Tagl (‘tail’ of Valagjá)
DJI Phantom 4

 

 
 
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  • Bob_B - March 26, 2018 - 12:16 pm

    Hi Rajan: Breathtaking vista, and the colors are truly other-worldly. Out of curiosity, are the yellow areas patches of sulfur?

    Best wishes, BobReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 26, 2018 - 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Bob. The yellow patches are dried moss and grass. A few days of rain can turn them very green.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - March 25, 2018 - 1:46 pm

    These are great ! It was a great day, and a prelude to the following amazing day.ReplyCancel

Virid Goa.

The monsoon season in Goa, lasting 4 months from June to September, offers a masterclass in green.

In Porvorim, Goa

Green
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 

The wider scene below, at 24 mm, is the untouched (i.e. no adjustments whatsoever) output from the camera at the default settings in Adobe Camera RAW. The vignette above was abstracted by moving right and zooming in.

In Porvorim, Goa

In Porvorim, Goa
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 
 
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  • Bob_B - March 19, 2018 - 5:25 am

    Lush! That grass is incredibly green. I must say that these images made me long for some green here in the eastern US where winter is still in control.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 19, 2018 - 10:04 am

      Thanks, Bob. It has been an unusually cold winter here in Northern California.ReplyCancel

  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - March 18, 2018 - 2:34 pm

    Just outstanding, Rajan! That green is so impossibly green.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 18, 2018 - 3:03 pm

      Indeed, the monsoon green in the areas of coastal Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala is something else.ReplyCancel

  • Ajit Desai - March 18, 2018 - 1:42 pm

    Beautiful pics Rajan.
    Makes me homesick.
    cheers
    AjitReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 18, 2018 - 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Ajit-bab. Yes, the longing for Goa becomes especially strong when we think of the monsoon.ReplyCancel

Nature’s canvas.

Striking patterns seen on a winter afternoon coasting over Héraðsflói and Héraðssandur.

Héraðsflói is a wide bay (flói = bay, in Icelandic) with turquoise green waters abutting the mountains of Borgarfjörður Eystri in northeast Iceland.

Tómas Kárason, captain of a fishing boat in Neskaupstaður, flew me in his Cessna 172. We took off from Egilsstaðir airport. Tómas was extremely generous, declining any compensation for his time and effort.

Patterns of Héraðssandur from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Patterns of Héraðssandur from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Héraðssandur and Héraðsflói from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Patterns of Héraðssandur from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Patterns on mountains of Borgarfjörður Eystri from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Patterns of Héraðssandur from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Patterns of Héraðssandur from the air, Iceland

5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Héraðssandur and Héraðsflói from the air, Iceland

The bight of Héraðsflói and Dyrfjöll in the distance
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Tómas Kárason, our pilot with Cessna 172, Iceland

Tómas Kárason of Neskaupstaður
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
 
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Birds of Goa.

The Black-capped Kingfisher is not as common as the other species of the Kingfisher. These birds are skittish and do not permit a close approach. To fill most of the frame would have taken at least 800 mm but I had a maximum reach of 400 mm. Nevertheless the light was good and the bird appositely positioned.

Black-capped Kingfisher - Chorão Bird Sanctuary, Goa

Black-capped Kingfisher - Chorão Bird Sanctuary, Goa

Black-capped Kingfisher – Chorão Bird Sanctuary, Goa
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
 
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  • Joseph Alvares - April 15, 2018 - 6:46 pm

    Wow what a Picture!
    Your photography is stunning !ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - March 5, 2018 - 10:09 am

    The King of good times! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Louise Fernandes - March 5, 2018 - 12:09 am

    Hi Rajan,
    I love all your pics. I would like to know some more about birds of Goa. I have a brown bird (fairly large) that nests in the trees near my home in Porvorim. I don’t know what bird it is. It is a lovely brown, almost bronze. I would appreciate it if you would identify it for me. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - March 3, 2018 - 4:32 am

    Spectacular! Excellent subject nicely captured and processed.ReplyCancel

A study in texture.

Mountains up close in the southcentral Highlands of Iceland. I like to think of these images as ‘head shots.’

Mógilshöfdar, Highlands of Iceland

Mógilshöfðar
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Lifrarfjöll, Highlands of Iceland

Lifrarfjöll
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Norðurnámur, Highlands of Iceland

Norðurnámur
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
 
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  • Chuck Hurich - February 8, 2018 - 3:23 pm

    Rajan – they are all very good. I can’t pick a favorite because they all strike different chords.
    ChuckReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - February 8, 2018 - 5:08 am

    Hi Rajan: I very much like the third one, with a bit less drama than the first, but a wonderful repeating pattern; it’s visually soothing to my eyes. On the other hand, the complementary colors in the first (and to a lesser extent in the second) are superb. I hope the Icelandic tourist dept is aware of your photos :). They really make one want to hop on the next flight and visit. All the best!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 8, 2018 - 10:16 am

      Thank you, Bob. It is my hope that the Icelandic tourist board actually scales down tourism. The increase in visitors in the last couple of years is unsustainable and is damaging for the fragile ecosystem of the island.ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - February 7, 2018 - 6:43 pm

    Oh, man, all of these are outstanding! Those gullies with their waterfalls just barely anchor the abstraction in the real world on Mógilshöfdar. And the texture and color in Norðurnámur is amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 8, 2018 - 10:14 am

      Jackson – Thank you. Indeed, these areas of the Highlands are an entirely different planet. Every time I go there I ‘see’ new things.ReplyCancel