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Black Ice

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I've got a newfound interest. I want to be a watcher and photographer of glacier ice on the black sand beaches when I grow up. This is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

As the gargantuan chunks of blue ice break off the glacier, they are pulled slowly down the river into the ocean and washed back up onto the black lava shore in various shapes and sizes. Some come back up on the shore in bright blue pieces - larger than cars! Others melt and are as clear as glass and rest on the beaches like carefully shaped figurines that have been crafted into abstract designs. The beach is covered in all shapes and sizes and is scattered with people struck by their beauty and glued to their cameras. Iceland's cold air keeps their shape until the tide comes in each evening and pulls them all back out and sends the river in reverse! The entire process starts again each morning. I believe I filled a card with these photos alone! I suppose the series where Jaden was attempting to balance on a large blue piece like a flamingo and it was taken out by a wave and he went flying face first into the water took up some space too. Just documenting childhood memories as all good moms would do.

On to a tiny (18x18!) cottage on the black sand coast before we head into Reykjavik for our last 2 nights on the island.

Posted by akgearhard 13:56 Archived in Iceland

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