Fall Tales from Iceland – 2

A splash of red.

I was away in the Icelandic countryside for most of this month in pursuit of Autumn colour. The first installment of Fall 2019 features a scene that I came upon fortuitously. A lone rowan caught my eye just as I was turning into Reykjavík on my drive back.

All the Fall Tales will be available at this link.

The lone rowan

The lone rowan
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Fall colour and Esja

Fall colour and Esja
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24-70L f/2.8 II

 
 
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Reykjavík Nights – 2

Ecstasy of light.

Reykjavík is blessed with sublime summer nights beginning in late May. When the stars align, the entire city basks in a luminous glow for hours around midnight.

All the entries in this series are available at this link.

Háteigskirkja and Hallgrímskirkja - post sunset glow, Reykjavík, Iceland

Háteigskirkja and Hallgrímskirkja
5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 

Even the most uninspiring block of concrete is brought to life for a few moments.

 Cabin Hótel, Reykjavík

Awash in pink – Cabin Hótel
Panasonic LX100 II

 
Last light on Sæbraut, Reykjavík, Iceland

Magic light
5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Blonde on Sæbraut, Reykjavík, Iceland

Blonde
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Post-sunset glow, Reykjavík, Iceland

Post-sunset glow
5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Reykjavík skyline, Iceland

Summer’s night in Reykjavík
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Kálfatjarnarkirkja

Light of the midnight sun.

Kálfatjarnarkirkja was built in 1893 and is among the largest churches in Iceland. The name is a compound of Kálf (calf), Tjörn (pond), and Kirkja (church).

Located on the northern side of Reykjanes, it faces the setting sun during the weeks around the summer solstice. The final rays at this time of the year in Iceland can be a deeply spiritual experience.

The first composition is in a sense remarkable. Only in Iceland can you fit in one frame a pond, a church, a graveyard, a volcano (Keilir), and a golf course.

Kálfatjarnarkirkja, Reykjanes, Iceland

Kálfatjarnarkirkja and Keilir
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Kálfatjarnarkirkja, Reykjanes, Iceland

Honeyed light
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Midnight golf near Kálfatjarnarkirkja

Midnight golf
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Kálfatjarnarkirkja, Reykjanes, Iceland

Kálfatjarnarkirkja
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Parakeet

Wildlife photography.

Vice President Mike Pence was in Reykjavík this afternoon at Höfði House, site of the historic 1986 summit meeting between Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev. Greeting the VP was a Mexican parakeet. Although I don’t do wildlife photography, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of this rare bird determined to brave the cold weather.

Parakeet and Bikini Woman at Höfði House, Reykjavík

Legal immigrant from Mexico
iPhone XS

 

An Icelandic parakeet (aka the local drag queen) also made a guest appearance.

Reykjavík Drag Queen

Icelandic parakeet
iPhone XS

 
 
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