The only photos I took in August were during a two-week trip to Iceland. I have a few posts on the early part of that trip up already, and still plan to do a few more on the latter half of the trip, particularly since the second week saw us hiking in some of the most picturesque (yet bizarre) landscapes I’ve ever encountered. For now, here are just a few favorites with very brief captions. Above is a macro shot of some rope on a rusty pier in Reykjavik.
This was the scene as we began the first of two backpacking trips, in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. This kind of wide-open landscape would soon become a recurring theme of our surroundings. The cliffs in the distances are the main attraction of Ásbyrgi, a huge horseshoe-shaped canyon.
That trip ended at Dettifoss, Europe’s biggest waterfall. I’ve already written about it; suffice to say that it was impressive.
We spent a few days in Reykjahlíð, on Lake Mývatn, and it ended up being perhaps our favorite place in Iceland. We rented bikes for a day and biked a bit around the lake; this shot was taken from the road look back towards Reykjahlíð.
After leaving Mývatn, we took a 10-hour bus ride straight through the deserted interior highlands of the country. This was the most barren landscape imaginable. The shot above is indicative of the “scenery” we were treated to for the majority of the bus ride.
Our next hike also featured some barren stretches, although it was mitigated by plenty of beautiful scenery as well. On one stretch, though, we walked over deserted-highland style hills while encased in a pea-soup fog. Luckily for us, the trail was well-marked, or we’d have had a hell of a time navigating.
Barren gave way to beautiful at the end of our first day on this hike, as we descended to Lake Álftavatn (visible in the photo above as the big body of water in the middle), our destination for the night.
The valley in which Álftavatn nestled was a verdant green, some of the most fertile-looking land we trekked through on our trip.
We eventually made our way back to Reykjavik, where my nature photography turned to street photography. Between the wildly eclectic Icelandic fashion sense and the colorful city architecture, I got some fun shots like the above.
That was August - more of this to come, and I’ll be closing out the 2010 retrospective shortly as well.