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July 18, 2014
Overlooking Vík í Mýrdal (circa 2005)

© – Overlooking Vík í Mýrdal (circa 2005)

A brief pause between Photo Binge posts…

As many of you know (especially those who have read the “About Jim” section), Iceland continues to fascinate me.  I owe her another visit some day.

Wired has a great story right now about what happens after a volcano erupts under a glacier.  What you get is called a jökulhlaup, or a glacial flood.

The story points to the eruption of Katla, near Vík í Mýrdal, back in 1918.  This eruption caused a jökulhlaup that pushed sediment off to the south and east of the glacier that was the equivalent of the land mass on Mt. Everest.  Wow.  Just wow.  Katla has rumbled a time or two in the last few years which always keeps the residents of Vík on guard.

For what it is worth, Vík is one of my favorite towns on the south coast–great little restaurant at the west entrance of town and a lovely youth hostel.

It is a great, short article that is worth the read.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog entries…

About the Image:  I shot this image in 2005 during what was effectively a single-day photo binge that took me on the south coast from Keflavík to Jökulsarlon and back (with a brief visit at Skaftafell and other places).  I have more wall hanging shots from this single day than any other day of photography in the 16 years it has been an active pursuit for me.  This was shot with my Canon 10D, EF 35mm f2.0 lens, handheld (when I could do such silly things).  ISO 100, 1/350 sec at f/6.7.


One Comment leave one →
  1. August 8, 2014 9:12 pm

    That is a standout photo; it belongs in a gallery.

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