The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Posts tagged “road trip

Downtown Reykjavik

Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland, Tourists, Shoppers

Walking on Laugavegur around noontime in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Reynisdrangar Cliffs…

Iceland, Black Sand Beach, Reynisdrangar Cliffs

…on the Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland.


On the Road in Iceland

Iceland, Clouds, Mountain

Somewhere on the road between Kirkjubaejarklaustur and
the Skaftafell glacier, this jagged edge of a mountain appeared.


Yosemite National Park…

Yosemite-National-Park

….waterfalls in the distance.


Iceland Geyser

Geysir, Iceland

This is where the name originated – in Iceland.


Indian Route 59

Arizona, Route 160

…near Kayenta, Arizona (which is near Monument Valley).


Jokulsarlon

Iceland, Iceberg

Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. Home to small icebergs. (They wouldn’t sink the Titanic.)

Iceland – The Land of Fire & Ice – Click link to see more Iceland images.


Somewhere in Iceland

Iceland

The cloud and mountain image was captured on Rte 35 near Hveragedi.
We were traveling to Pingvellir National Park but I decided to go exploring another way and never made it.
In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t done that. Now I have to return to visit Pingvellir.


Iceland – The Land of Fire & Ice

Iceland

Iceland.  Iceland – The Land of Fire & Ice – My collection of Iceland images.

A country, approximately the size of Kentucky, with a population of 330,000 people most of whom live in Reykjavik, the capital. Iceland was on my bucket list because of my love of space science. Visiting the country offered me an opportunity to imagine standing on Io, Europa and Callisto – 3 moons of Jupiter. Io is a volcanic moon. I didn’t see an active volcano but visited several dormant ones. Europa is an ice planet. I saw glaciers and icebergs. And Callisto has an lifeless dark surface, not unlike some places I visited.
I traveled the Ring Road – Route 1 – an approximate 800+ mile drive. I saw landscapes that have been viewed in movies and television shows like “Games of Thrones” and “Interstellar”. It’s obvious why Hollywood comes to film. It’s for the same reason I visited. Iceland is another planet. And an extremely beautiful one.
My wife and I landed in Keflavik Airport and our first stop was the Blue Lagoon – a geothermal spa. Over the next week we traveled to Hverageroi, Djupivogur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur and a dozen other places with names impossible to pronounce. I quickly admitted defeat and referred to a location by it’s first letter – “We’re going to “A” town – “Akureyri”. Kirkjubaejarklaustur was “Captain Kirk”. And on and on and on.
I saw geysers, the ones in Iceland were first given the name “geyser”, waterfalls, the largest one in Europe is in Iceland (Iceland is part of Europe), immense dried lava fields (literally dozens and dozens of miles in size, and in many places), glaciers and icebergs and dormant volcanos (as mentioned), and villages with a VERY small populations. We ended our journey in Reykjavik where we explored Laugavegur (road – they don’t used “street, road, drive” or any other identifying word after a street). Laugavegur is where the shopping and restaurants are for the tourists. It’s also where I ate in the “Chuck Norris Grill” and the “Big Lewbowski Bar”. Normally I avoid American restaurants in a foreign country, but these were irresistible (and the food and atmosphere were perfect).
I loved being in Iceland but didn’t realize just how much until I got home and looked at my photography. Hopefully in a few years I’ll be able to return.


Arizona Highway…

Arizona, Highway

…near Marble Canyon and Page, Arizona.


The Golden Gate Bridge…

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

…surrounded in fog.


Searching the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.


VLA

VLA, Very Large Array, New Mexico, Radio Telescopes, Astronomy

VLA – The Very Large Array.
Radio Telescopes in New Mexico scan the heavens.


Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument-Valley

Haven’t visited since 2006. Maybe next year.
It is one of the most beautiful places.
Photograph made from John Ford’s point.


Layers…

Canyon de Chelly, National Monument, Navajo Nation, Chinle, Arizona

…in Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
Beautiful land formations are visible here.
The location is in the Navajo Nation, Chinle, Arizona .


The Presidents at Night

Mt. Rushmore, Monument, South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore at night.


Season’s Greeting!

Mt. Rushmore, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddie Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, National Monument

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
Have a Monumental New Year!
Rich, Deb, Ashley & Jason
(George, Tom, Teddy and Abe have the week off.)


The View from here….

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado, Utah, Cattle, Cows

Somewhere in Dinosaur National Monument on the Colorado side.
Cattlemen are allowed to let their cows free roam.
On the Utah side, seen in the distance, there are dinosaur fossils on view.


Sunset in Arches National Park

North Window Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Sunset falls on the North Window Arch in Arches National Park.


Vegas, Baby, Vegas

Las Vegas, High Roller, Ferris Wheel

Image made from atop in the High Roller.
It’s Las Vegas’ version of the London Eye.
Highly recommended.


The Road

Utah, Highway, Road, Isolation, Empty

Utah = beautiful.
And don’t forget those National Parks.


Sunrise…

Sunrise at the North Rim at the Grand Canyon

…on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Photograph made at Point Imperial.


Travelin’ Man (and Woman)!

Motorcycle

Somewhere in Wyoming on my trip out west,
these folks were outside my window.


Trafalgar Square

Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, London, England, Double Decker Bus

A view of Big Ben from Trafalgar Square, London.