One of the most cataclysmic events in recorded history took place in June of 1783 when a volcanic fissure opened up at Laki in Iceland. The emetic fury produced a prodigious belching of lava and gas on a scale seldom observed. The consequences were felt globally, from China and Japan to India to North Africa to Europe to North America. Iceland was devastated and around 25% of the population perished.
George Washington had something to say about it, as did Benjamin Franklin, then in Paris, and Gilbert White. See this for their accounts.
My plan is to publish a series of photographs on Laki and its craters (Lakagígar) later. This post features Tjarnagígur, a lovely crater lake in the area. In the second image, the sun briefly emerged to illuminate the subject.
Rajan,Very much looking forward to this coming series. I’ve found that a series provides opportunities that can go un-noticed in a less focused approach. Fotos can tell things and give stories between them that single ones cannot.I wish this new endeavor well.
The first one is vertiginous, but so powerful, and the colors simply pop. Rajan, you are the best in bringing out the spectacular scenery of Iceland.
Thank you, Bob.
Absolutely stunning Rajan. Well done. Is this very recent? Since it is a drone shot, I’m curious where you were standing. Where was your access point. (Yes, I’m dying to go there and see it for myself.)
Curt – This was taken in July 2020 during the height of the Covid pandemic when we had Iceland all to ourselves.
Good to hear, Sanjeev-bab.
What a catastrophe my friend! The second image shows that so well! Love the height composition was taken from. Who would have thought taht such destruction would produce such beautiful photography!
Wow, Rajan! And to think that this serene picture of innocuous landscape produced that kind of violence 240 years ago…
True, looks can be deceiving. The landscape here is constantly changing.
Fantastic, Rajan! Yet another highlight for my next visit.
Yes, you should make forays into the Highlands.
Surreal! Amazing footage!