Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara is a black sand beach at the very southern-most tip of Iceland, not far from the village of Vik.  The last time I visited, I’d just travelled through the most intense snow storm that had an army of ploughs struggling to keep the road clear.  As I got onto the beach, there was a moment of respite and I could clearly see the storm continuing its journey up the coast..

Blizzard at Reynisfjara

45mm f/11 1/60 sec. ISO-50

This post is dedicated to all those struggling with the heat of the summer.

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58 responses

  1. Wonderful!

    July 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    • Thank you Nadia! :-)

      July 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

  2. Sue

    Stunning in its desolation…….

    July 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    • Thank you Sue. It felt pretty desolate!

      July 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

  3. Black sand. Snow. Storm. Can it get any better?

    July 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    • Thank you Jude! Snow on the beach always seems such an incongruity somehow. Glad you enjoyed the image.

      July 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

  4. leecleland

    Nature continues to amaze and eclipse anything us mere mortals try to make. Stunning in it’s simplicity and mood, thank you Adrian.

    July 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    • Thank you very much Lee. Such a lovely comment!

      July 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

  5. Wow! That’s such a cool image in every which way, Adrian. :)

    July 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    • Thank you ever so much Sylvia! :-)

      July 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

  6. Prismartic

    Impressive very nice shot

    July 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      July 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

  7. I love the minimalism here, the inky black cutting through white, and the billowing grays. Then those blues at the edges, that makes it sing. We’ve had a lot of unusually hot weather in the Pacific northwest, but it cooled off a few days ago. I’m afraid we’re going to have a rough fire season – not exactly where I live, but on the other side of the Cascades, where it’s always drier. Unusual weather conditions give us compelling scenes, as is obvious here.

    July 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    • Thank you so much Lynn. That doesn’t sound good re the fires. They are always so terrifying and devastating. Certainly wild and unusual weather makes for compelling photograhpy as I would imagine, forest fires. Not that I’d want to get too close though. A subtle shift in the wind and that’d be it.

      July 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

  8. Thanks, I can surely use that respite! Lovely cooling image.

    July 13, 2015 at 4:29 am

    • You’re very welcome Gunta, thank you.

      July 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

  9. It’s really beautiful and enchanting!

    July 13, 2015 at 6:05 am

    • Thank you Dharmesh!

      July 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

  10. Hahha! Never mind those of us struggling with a cold snap at the bottom of oz brrrr! And what an amazing image!!

    July 13, 2015 at 7:59 am

    • My apologies Therese and thank you. It’s not been exactly warm here in the UK either. :-)

      July 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

  11. This is striking Adrian. The bird (raptor?) adds just the right touch.

    July 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    • Thank you Jim! This landscape certainly makes you think prehistoric but then it is all so relatively new. Growing by the day as the rift is stretched apart!

      July 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  12. What impressive shot…so strong and simple…

    July 13, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed! :-)

      July 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  13. Stunning…..😊

    July 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    • Thank you Mark!

      July 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  14. wonderful

    July 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    • Thank you very much Shimon!

      July 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

  15. Otherworldly! Love that jagged foreground…

    July 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • Thank you John!

      July 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  16. Unkown and very special Chillbrook

    July 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    • Thank you Lou! :-)

      July 15, 2015 at 8:24 am

  17. out of this world look :)

    July 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

    • It was a bit like that Joshi!

      July 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  18. That dark streak of black is quite striking.

    July 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    • It certainly creates a great contrast with the snow! Thank you for your comment Steve!

      July 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

  19. Fantastic line to this shot, Adrian

    July 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    • Thank you Andy!

      July 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

  20. Beautiful! Love the drama in this image, Adrian!

    July 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    • Thank you Camilla. It was pretty amazing standing on the beach in swirling snow watching the worst of the storm proceeding up the coast. :-)

      July 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

  21. Love the stark contrast Adrian – altho it looks a bit chilly for my taste!!

    July 20, 2015 at 3:12 am

    • Thank you Tina. It was a bit chilly that’s for sure! :-)

      July 20, 2015 at 9:28 am

  22. The black beach is stunning-as is your image!:)

    July 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    • Thank you Elena! :-)

      July 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

  23. Beautiful. (But our summer doesn’t need a cooling off, thank you.)

    July 25, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    • Thank you. Our summer doesn’t need cooling off either Bunty! :-)

      July 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  24. The storm approaching along with the white and approaching storm ~ a perfect mix that you have captured.

    July 29, 2015 at 1:31 am

    • Thank you Randall! :-)

      July 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  25. One can really feel the wind roaring through this landscape. Yet another captivating image, Adrian.

    August 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you so much Otto. The conditions were pretty extreme when I took that photograph and I was so glad I was able to get some images despite the blizzard. :-)

      August 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm

  26. amazing shots everywhere! my hat’s off to you!

    August 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      August 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

  27. This is a capture I’d like to frame, Adrian. It’s minimalistic clean-sober and yet very dramatic. A beautiful piece of art!

    September 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    • Thank you so much Dina. Of all the photographs I’ve taken, I think this would be my favourite.

      September 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  28. Incredibly elegant!

    October 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    • Thank you Karen. I just loved the way the surf had shaped the snow line and the single gull was such a bonus. Certainly one of my favourite pictures. :-)

      October 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  29. Love the mono feel and contrast

    December 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott!

      December 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm