Lens – Artists Photo Challenge #56 – Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

 – Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer

 

Amy shows some amazing seascapes from her cruisings, and challenges us to post our own memorable moments from seascapes and lakeshores. My images are from my Icelandic journey this July.

First I would like to thank you for sharing your dreams with us last week – amazing! Now some of my seascapes might continue in that dreamy perspective…but it certainly takes some time to wake up from a dreamy era!

Having visited Iceland several times before, we soon realised how lucky we were with the weather. So lucky, that Icelanders we met could not but smile and congratulate. – They told us that their own criteria for ”Good Weather” is No Wind.

My opening image was shot from the peak of Eldfell at Heimaey in Vestmannaeyar, looking out to the North Atlantic. Hiking the volcano is fairly easy and takes less than an hour. And you are rewarded with breathtakingly beautiful views – if the mist lifts, and this time it did.

All the other seascapes are from Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. The name of the sea or fjord added. And, there is no colour enhancing – this is true Icelandic blue!

Arnarstapi, Faxaflói

Lóndrangar, Faxaflói

Stykkishólmur, Breiðafjörður

Stykkishólmur, Breiðafjörður

Hvammsfjörður

Hvalfjörður, and yes, this is the pier where the whaling ships unloaded – and still unloads the captured whales. In 1981 we were here to see it with our own eyes. A 50 ton whale was taken care of in less than three hours. I cried all the way. The only comfort was that every piece of it came to use – nothing was thrown away. Many skilled Japanese worked here in those days. We know that they still catch whales in Iceland, and this station was used last year. I was not happy to learn this. But, it seems there is some trouble with Japan, so, no whaling in 2019. Hopefully Icelandic whaling will come to an end, because they no longer depend on it for a living.

The sea lives in every one of us – Wyland

Welcome to join in – we are looking forward to seeing you! Be sure to tag your post Lens-Artists, so you can easily be found in the Reader. Stay tuned also for next week’s challenge, August 3, when your host will be Tina.

 

 

 

 

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46 comments on “Lens – Artists Photo Challenge #56 – Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

    • Thank you, Patti! We talked to an old whaler at the station, and he was very quiet about it first. I guess he thought we were on som journalistic mission of nature activistic sort…but willingly talked about it after a while. Interesting. He told us about the conflict with Japan.

    • That is my favorite too. Standing on the peak of the volcano and seeing nothing but the ocean and this tiny cruiser slowly approaching – life was good.

  1. such wonderful shots -a nd the whaling station story gave me a knot – to imagine those three hours – and well – glad it is closed for at least this year

    • Yes, hopefully there will be an entire ban, nobody relies on this for a living anymore. But humans are not very intelligent in these matters – either. Money means everything it seems.

  2. Oh these are wonderful A-C, I must get to Iceland one day. You should be on their tourism board with these images!! A very sad story about the whaling, I too hope it ends very soon. They are such incredible creatures.

  3. I really wanted to see your seascape photos of Iceland, AC!! So blue, incredibly beautiful. I love the header image. Thank you for the virtual tour. I i thoroughly enjoy this series. Thank you, AC!
    50 tons in less than 3 hours, I’d get sick by watching it. No whaling in 2019, Thanks to Iceland!!

    • Happy you enjoyed them! We were tremendously lucky with the weather! I do prefer your whales – I will never forget that big whale from 1981. I could not watch it. Cried all the way.

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