As you know, one of my fascinations with Iceland is to view Aurora Borealis, which thus far has eluded us. The clouds are too thick and the rain more on than off. But last night was an exception, it was mostly clear so hope blossomed thinking that if it were to be, I wanted a beautiful foreground to shoot them.
So back to Jökulsárlón where I was earlier in the day to photograph the floating ice. But now it was night time and we were going to wait and see if those scarce but spectacular illuminations would appear. While waiting I wandered around exposing the ice chunks at night, which was most spectacular.
As you can see, the ice bay takes on a completely different quality after dark, almost as if its true beauty emerges. We were there for 3 hours and I have to tell you it was like a dream to me, it went so fast I was shocked when I heard how much time passed. Being in a place like this take the time away, truly present.
It seemed like everything was glowing with Energy as I wandered along the coast of the river. Finally, I went to bed, but too excited to sleep. The cells in my body seem to come alive and no cold or physical conditions seem to affect me. It truly was a beautiful evening but…. No Northern Lights.
This next morning was different because the rain had stopped and I found myself back on the black beach with no wind. I found my groove quickly and remembered I wanted to try some time exposures.
All of a sudden, the world slowed down, I saw everything in slow motion, I tried to encapsulate my feelings in several images similar to this. I stayed all morning until the rain started again and soon left for lunch. Later that day, As a group we stopped to walk to one of the glaciers near a small hotel. The glacier was amazing and I found this tiny little spot that may be gone by tomorrow, the glaciers are melting quickly.
I stand before a spot like this in our world and see it for just a few minutes and make my photograph. Then I go but take a timeless moment with me that may never exist in this world again.
So for now, I am going to sign off and start packing, heading back to VIX in the morning, hopefully without rain or wind.