Late evening glow on the Skálatindar peaks in Southeast Iceland. The nearby farm Seljavellir is seen in the second image.
The historic farm of Mýrar – plural of Mýri, meaning ‘bog’ in Icelandic – lies on the edge of Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It is the birthplace of Þórdís, mother of the nation’s independence pioneer Jón Sigurðsson. This area is a major breeding ground for eider ducks.
A surprise encounter.
It took a good deal of persuasion to get them to pose. This was (still is?) an old, insulated world where the women are not accustomed to interacting with strangers especially in the absence of – and without permission from – their menfolk. Some of them made bold to lift their veil but I had a very brief window before they retreated.
Who knows, maybe they are all on Facebook now.
Scattered across the vast terrain of Death Valley National Park in California are several fields of sand dunes. The Ibex Dunes in the park’s southeast corner are set against the backdrop of the picturesque Saddle Peak Hills. This rather remote address sees relatively few visitors.