Móskarðshnjúkar are the rhyolite peaks at the easternmost point of Esja, the volcanic range across the bay from Reykjavík. The photographs below were accumulated over a period of time, and reveal the varied flavours of the low sub-Arctic light during the winter.
In the summer months, shorn of snow, the reddish-yellow rhyolite rock presents an illusion of incident sunshine – see the final image.
In the first two images, a group of hikers making their way up can be seen near the saddle.
The Light in Iceland collection.
We see Móskarðshnjúkar from our kitchen window in our apartment in Skúlagata. It always captures the eye. It is often a golden blade in the distance when all else is dull. You have captured it in its magnificence. Thank you for sharing. Makes me homesick.
Curt: Thank you. Esja is always a magnificent sight. Hope you will be back home soon.
Another beautiful set, Rajan. They’re all magnificent, but the hues in the third photo absolutely captivate the eye. So nice!
Thank you, Bob.
That third picture has warm colours but I do not underestimate how cold it was at the time – and if a wind picked up, the cold goes to a different level. I am glad I get to enjoy your artistry from the comfort of my home.
Mervyn-bab: You guessed right. The warm light can be deceptive. And even a tiny bit of wind thrown into the mix can make it uncomfortable, especially for the photographer’s exposed fingers.
Just magnificent photography my friend!!!!! What is that lone formation near the peak in #1? The light is magical! The expanse, the solitude, the beauty is so wonderful in this part of the World! Well done!
Thank you, Dan. That little ‘finger’ – I’m not sure it has a name.