I do believe I love the snow. The freshness, the fun, the swirls and soft curves. Friends say it hasn’t snowed like this in decades. Neighbors came out to marvel the ice floats and remarked that they’ve never seen it so packed with ice. Some ice drifts flows deep under the water. Millions of drifts blanketed the estuary, then collected morning snow and changed their mood from intense to vivid as the skies cleared.
Sunday was a code orange, guests arrived before the storm and when roads were opened. The winds came from the north west and the storm seemed to hit all of Iceland except Borgarnes. I curled up with the book Arctic Chill and a box of doughnuts apropos for a crime novel. The guests did the same.
In the top photo near the left of the horizon you can see the glacier OK which is about 88 kilometers east of Borgarnes, near Eiríksjökull (named after a famous outlaw) and Langjökull which stretches out over the horizon and skims the mountain range in the foreground. In Icelandic ok means pressure, load or yoke. Not a day goes by without several exclamations of amazement. Ice clusters, ice crystals, pink and blue opalescent skies reflect on the glistening dazzling shimmering calm of the flow of this wondrous bay.
These beautiful images are from our friend Dani Vottero. What I love about them is their clarity , intimacy and the reality of space. The photos are unpretentious and the colors are accurate. The images are taken from a human view point. His photography is classical and true to the environment.
Born in northern Italy Dani travels the world for his work, much of which has been in Latin America and Asia. He developed his skills and honed his artistic eye at Animum 3D in Malaga, Spain’s renowned school of photography. His graduate work “Himalayan Trails” is a documentary of Nepal. After publication in September 2015, it has been embraced by art, travel and documentary photography aficionados world wide. Himalayan Trails can be ordered at Uno Editorial http://www.unoeditorial.com/portfolio/himalayan-trails, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the reconstruction of Nepal.
Ice sheets float down the river through the estuary out to the ocean. This seen differs dramatically from the window view taken just 2.5 weeks ago. Winter has arrived and ice formations cluster at our shores.
Home is everywhere, literally and figuratively. The exhibition at Tales from Iceland features a dozen or more short films and we are proud to have our home included in their treasure trove of films. Visiting Iceland is just a glimpse of what it’s like to live on this remote rock. The exhibition shows what life on the island is like for Icelanders and foreigners throughout the media age. This exhibition covers the music revolution, the political climate, sports and daily life adventures of conquering weather and natural disasters. Below is an image of our first snow fall in Skessuhorn.
The color and texture variations this time of year are boundless. The photo above was taken at 18:57 and the one below at 16:09. The hue of the red glowing everlasting sunset was impossible to capture with my device. Civil twilight began at 18:46 last night. There are three classifications of twilight astronomical, nautical and civil. These types are clearly defined in the photographers ephemeris.
Hiking along the mountain range is equally fascinating and varied. Recently we hiked Brekkufjall with Icelandic friends. We meandered with the river along scree and shale rock slopes, hopped light footed through moss covered lava flow along it’s banks, and climbed some boulders until we reached the falls. There are two other hikes which are very different from Brekkufjall. Hafnarfjall ‘s is primarily scree and shale, it is exposed which means lots of wind yet once your reach the summit it offers remarkable 360 views of the area. Hestfjall is a shorter less ambitious hike doable within 2 hours, it’s a very easy hike with unique vistas of Borgarfjordur.
Above is a close up of our beloved coffee machine paired with an amazing view.The view from the kitchen window, especially in the early autumn light evokes images of Maynard Dixon’s poetic landscapes of the North American south west. We take our coffee as seriously as we take in our views! Samueles’ Italian sensibilities have nurtured our home, which means that in addition to our small collection of precision tools to make coffee, we also have a reserve of dried pasta. We treasure our bean to cup espresso machine. There is also an Italian Moka pot for those who love ritual and a French Press which has actually never been used, but gives peace of mind just in case.
The window bench at the base of the undulating extinguished volcano range Hafnarfjall, was designed to feel like an old wooden rig. Our dear friend Jack North from North Design, created this piece by re-purposing scrap wood that originated from the house.
The abstract painting on the left was made using water soluble oil paints and palette knives. This artwork with it’s bold gestures and primary colors, was created when I was living in Antwerp and seeking out alternatives to standard artist mediums used with commercial oil paints.