Seals at Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon in the south of Iceland.  I have visited before and you can see the pictures I took then here.  It’s a very popular destination and in the depths of winter, we were treated to some amazing sights.  I’ve a lot more pictures to share from this wonderful place but for now I’m just going to share these. 

Seeing the seals on the ice was a real pleasure.  We have seals here in Cornwall and I’ve often watched them but never photographed them.  I was really pleased to get the opportunity to photograph these seals in this environment.  I love their smiles despite the cold.  Click on the pictures for a clearer sharper view..Seals at Jokulsarlon400mm f/5.6 1/125 sec. ISO-50spaceSeals at Jokulsarlon II400mm f/5.6 1/125 sec ISO-50

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52 responses

  1. Love the second image – the one on the left looks as if it is applauding you :)

    March 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    • The seals were keeping an eye on me and that chap definitley seemed to be enjoying the modeling opportunity Jude.

      March 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      • Where do you see them in Cornwall?

        March 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      • Down around the Godrevy Lighthouse peninsular is a good place Jude. There’s a big colony there.

        March 24, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      • Thanks Adrian – I shall keep a look out on my next visit :)

        March 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

  2. Did they give you their approval?

    . . . seal of approval . . . nevermind.

    March 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    • I stifled a groan Emilio.. :-D

      March 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm

  3. lovely shots.

    March 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    • Thank you Lou! :-)

      March 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  4. Sue

    What wonderful sights!

    March 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    • It was such a pleasure to see them Sue! :-)

      March 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  5. Such a great shot of these cute little guys!

    March 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you very much Laura. They are indeed cute! :-)

      March 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      • You’re welcome. :-)

        March 25, 2015 at 12:08 am

  6. Arrrrrrrhhhh … this is so beautiful!! (Psssss … only for you Adrian, don’t tell anyone, but this is even better than sealwatching at Blakeney Point) ;-)

    March 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    • Thank you Dina! I won’t tell anybody you said that! :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 8:17 am

      • Trust a good friend to keep a secret! 👍 😊

        March 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      • :-)

        March 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

  7. They are so sweet, great photo. Love the Mona Lisa-smiles!

    March 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    • Thank you very much Bente! :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 8:17 am

  8. These are just glorious photos. Made me smile :)))

    March 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    • I’m glad Marina, thank you! :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

  9. anroworld

    They are so cute, smiling now!

    March 25, 2015 at 7:26 am

    • They are very sweet, thank you!

      March 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

  10. poppytump

    Yes .. they REALLY were having a blissful time of it all … just lolling around … on a sheet of glacier ice watching the seagull flypast …
    You caught some lovely expressions there ChillB !
    What fascinated me was how the blues of the icebergs changed in the light … they looked quite different on both days .

    March 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

    • Thank you very much Poppy. The seals were lovely and quite playful. They look so ungainly on the ice. It’s a shame we can’t see them under the water where they are so incredibly graceful. This light on the ice was certainly very changeable. Lots of photos from Jokulsarlon to process yet and I’m sure it’s the same for you. :-)x

      March 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  11. Wonderful images, Adrian.They really do look as though they are posing for you. :) I love the first one with the birds overhead, and the last pic, which says to me “Spot the odd man out.” :)

    March 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    • Thanks Sylvia. They do all rather look similar don’t they. I’ve alwyas thought that here in Cornwall, taking pictures of seals on the beach, they are all just black blobs. I was glad to be able to get much closer with this longer lens and capture their smiles. :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

  12. I love seals. These are brilliant Adrian.

    March 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    • Thank you Edith. They really are very engaging. It was lovely just to be able to take these pictures and watch their antics. :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  13. Great shots…..I love the angle of view and the compressed perspective that your 400mm gives you.

    March 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    • Thanks Mark. The 400mm is an incredible lens. I was really glad I had it with me when I spotted the seals! :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  14. Yes, the smiles struck me too:) Fantastic.

    March 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    • Thank you Elena! :-)

      March 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  15. Just catching up with your posts…….I particularly like that first image – the addition of the two gulls (terns?) adds a new dimension and an extra element.

    March 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    • I was pleased with the addition of the gulls. The shutter speed was a little slow so they’re not as sharp as I’d have liked. It was interesting to see the interaction between the gulls and the seals. The seals found their presence extremely annoying. Just as we do here in Cornwall really. :-)

      March 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

      • I think the blurring in the gulls is part of their charm. They are the one moving part of the image in contrast to the basking seals lying motionless.

        March 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

      • That’s a good point Andy, thank you.

        March 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

  16. Your shots of the Seals are awesome. Thanks!

    March 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    • Thank you Isabel! Thank you for looking!

      March 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  17. Pat

    Great captures.

    March 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    • Thank you Pat! :-)

      March 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

  18. Wonderful work Adrian, especially the first with the seals on their sides. I’m hoping to do some wildlife photography myself, something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Planning to photograph lapwings, barn owls and sea birds … will be kept busy!

    March 28, 2015 at 7:35 am

    • Thank you Simon! Sounds like you’ve got your work cut out! My seals were happy to just lie there for me.. birds are not going to be so obliging! I’ll look forward to seeing the results. :-)

      March 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

  19. So beautiful! Those seals really do have personality and they appear to have cheerful dispositions! : )

    March 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    • They all seem to be smiling that’s for sure Karen. They seem to be very affectionate to each other and seemed happy just to lay on the ice and dive for the occasional fish. The only irritation I saw was with the seagulls which they chased off every now and then. :-)

      March 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  20. They are so cute!
    A perfect serie!

    April 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    • They are indeed Hans! Thank you!

      April 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm

  21. Such an impressive shot…you have included your usual brilliance with the landscape, and then to add these amazing seals. Wonderful work!

    April 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

    • You’re too kind Randall. It was fun seeing the seals and being able to take their pictures.

      April 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm

  22. :-) – yes, great expressions, particularly the one on the far left in the second photo.

    April 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    • Seals are very cute animals. It was lovely to see these. Thanks Lynn!

      April 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm