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My Passions: Iceland

November 9, 2010

© jmillerphoto.com - Skógafoss

I have had the good fortune to be able to travel to, and sometimes live in, some of the more obscure corners of the world.  One of those corners that most Americans would find obscure is Iceland.

Most American’s knowledge of Iceland is limited to Björk and recent volcanic eruptions.  Those with a little more knowledge might be able to talk about “Isn’t Iceland green and Greenland ice?”  But for most Americans that is about the extent of their knowledge unless they had to do a country report in elementary school and “got stuck” with Iceland.

Being able to live in Iceland for a few years was an incredible privilege and a very enjoyable experience.  My job, while busy, did allow me weekends and short holidays to go out and see the country and it is something that my bride and my children took full advantage of.

What we found was generally friendly people who were understandably proud of their land, their heritage, and their culture and traditions.  We found stunning landscapes and seascapes, beautiful waterfalls, and wide assortment of opportunities to hike, camp, and explore.

Iceland taught me some important life lessons and helped shape my view of the world.  I was exposed to some of their Sagas (Egil’s Saga and Njál’s Saga to name just two) and saw how both they still influence life today.

It also gave me a life-long addiction:  Photography.

My time there helped make me who I am today, and I am eager to go back in a couple of years to resolve some unfinished business and renew old acquaintances.

About the image: Skógafoss is a very impressive and powerful waterfall in Southern Iceland, just short of 100 miles from Reykjavík. This was a film image so the best I can tell you is that this image was shot in early afternoon, likely in late Summer.  This waterfall turned black for a time after the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  This image is available for sale at jmillerphoto.com

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