Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell, on the northern shore of the Snæfellsness peninsula, is probably Iceland’s most distinctive mountain; an image search for “Iceland mountain” will give you hundreds of photos of this exact peak. This one is the one I took.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/11, 45mm [67mm equiv.], 1/100s)

You may notice that the shape of the most well-known church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, strongly resembles this mountain; the church was designed based on Iceland’s landscapes.

This photo is also from October of 2013 (in fact, it was taken on the same day as the one in the previous post).

Londrangar

The Londrangar cliffs are on the Snæfellsness peninsula, in western Iceland, just south of the Snæfellsjökull peak.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/4.5, 22mm [33mm equiv.], 1/160s)

This is another photo from my visit to Iceland in October of 2013, and it was taken from a viewpoint that one reaches by following a muddy trail from a large parking lot on the side of the road that encircles the peninsula.

Iceland again

My random number generator (courtesy of random.org) picked another photo from Iceland this time (I have quite a few of them). This one was taken on the side of the road a bit south of Stykkishólmur, in the Snæfellsness peninsula.

(Sony A65, ISO 800, f/5.6, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/160s)

It was early in the morning (in October of 2013) and still a bit dark, so this photo came out quite “noisy” (grainy). Still, I quite like the contrast between the orange grass and the snow-peaked mountains in the background.

Golden Gate

San Francisco still has portions of its coastline that look “wilder” than one might expect. This is a view of the Golden Gate Bridge way in the distance, from the Land’s End area at the northwest end of the peninsula.

(Sony A65, ISO 400, f/9, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 1/1250s)

I’ve been to San Francisco many times, and the Land’s End park is one my favourite parts of the city. This particular photo was taken in May of 2014, early in a beautiful morning.

Tulip

The small town of Silvan is 40km east of Melbourne, in the Yarra Ranges. Every year, in September and October, it is the home of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/5.6, 40mm [60mm equiv.], 1/250s)

I visited the festival in October of 2009, on a cloudy and drizzly day that made the colours of the tulips stand out even more.

Snæfellsjökull

In Sneffels Jokulis craterem, quem delibat umbra Scartaris, Julii intra kalendas descende, audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges; quod feci. Arne Saknussemm

Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth. I did it. Arne Saknussemm

The Snæfellsjökull mountain, on the western tip of the Snæfellsness peninsula in Iceland, is the start of the journey to the centre of the Earth in Jules Verne’s book. It is, as many mountains in Iceland, a volcano; it is believed to have last erupted around 1,800 years ago.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/9, 30mm [45mm equiv.], 1/80s)

This photo, taken in October of 2013, shows the mountain as seen from the village of Hellnar, looking more or less northwest – that is Hellnar Church in the foreground.

Cat Café, Melbourne

I spent a long weekend in Melbourne a while back, and one of the things I had to do there was to visit the Cat Café that had recently opened.

(Sony A65, ISO 1600, f/22, 35mm [52mm equiv.], 1/25s)

This is Jasper, one of the several cats living at the Café. I had a great time there; they had many cats with very different personalities, and many environments where they can play or relax. This photo was taken in June of 2015, but the Cat Café Melbourne is still open, at a different location now but still in the centre of Melbourne. Worth a visit.

Sunset at the Washington Monument

I was lucky to get this very interesting cloud formation at sunset when I was at the National Mall during my only visit to Washington DC.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 1/400s)

This photo was taken in October of 2015. I was in DC for just a weekend, and I spent most of the time at the Mall, going from museum to museum. I really need to go back some time.

Kolgrafarfjörður

Kolgrafarfjörður is a fjord on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, on Iceland’s west coast. The whole peninsula is an amazingly beautiful place, with landscapes that change dramatically on every turn of the road.


(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/13, 18mm [27mm equiv.], 1/125s)

This photo was taken from the side of the road, from the aptly named Kolgrafarfjörður Viewpoint, looking south towards the centre of the peninsula. It was late autumn (October of 2013) and the weather was cold but snow wasn’t yet quite reaching the lower levels, and all roads were open.

Lone tree

Flinders Island is the largest of a set of islands that sit between mainland Australia and Tasmania, in the Bass Strait. As one might expect, not many people live there – the island has a small airport, two towns and many, many sheep. Also native fauna: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats are very easy to find, to the point that driving at night is a bit of a risk.


(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8.0, 26mm [39mm equiv.], 1/320s)

This lone tree is on the west coast of the island, overlooking Fotheringate Bay with the Strzelecki mountains in the background. It’s a very windy location most of the year, and in the particular day I was there (in May of 2016) it was dangerously so.