Ice and Snow

I imagine this is what Europa, Jupiter’s smallest moon, must be like – a keen contender in the search for extra-terrestial life.  This picture however was taken in Iceland in February.  The stark, raw, wild beauty of it touches me deeply..

Hofn, Iceland by Adrian Theze40mm f/11 1./60 sec. ISO-100

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65 responses

  1. More people should see Iceland in Winter, it is a different kind of beauty. Nice shot!

    April 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    • It’s certainly the season I prefer. Tourism is increasing in the winter months. Thank you for your comment! :-)

      April 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  2. Wonderful shot.

    April 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      April 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm

  3. 4SpaceVash


    April 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • Thank you very much! :)

      April 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  4. The sky forms a very compelling gradiant. Beautiful.

    April 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    • Thank you John. I certainly found beauty in the stark landscape!

      April 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

  5. I like the simplicity of the picture.

    April 5, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    • Thank you very much. Me too! :-)

      April 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

  6. Oh my. The infinite power of these photos just make me feel lost and yet so profoundly understood. Truly breath-taking. I see why these should have a post all their own. The grey is so powerful. So many shades of beauty…I could go on but I’ll stop for your sake!
    Your talent never leaves me bored. Thank you.

    April 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    • You’re too kind. Thank you so much. I’m glad you get so much from these pictures. :-)

      April 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm

  7. Now this would make for a good movie location ;)

    April 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    • It certainly would Marina. I belive there are quite a lot of movies and television programs that have utilised Iceland’s unique landscape. Game of Thrones for one. We had accommodation booked in one particular town last October and had to be moved to a very nice hotel with all expenses paid, because an American TV crew descended and needed the accommodation we’d booked for a location shoot. We certainly weren’t complaining :-)

      April 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  8. God that’s stark……like a landscape from the Sky Atlantic TV program “Fortitude”

    April 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    • It is indeed Mark. I remember the cold vividly. I’ve not seen ‘Fortitude’. I’ll have to check it out.. :-)

      April 5, 2016 at 7:08 pm

  9. Wonderful shot, Adrian. The starkness of this image is very moving indeed. Just looking at it makes me feel very small indeed.

    April 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I think a sense of space is one of the things I like about Iceland. :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

  10. Excellent. Love the pattern in the ice against the gradient sky.

    April 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    • Thank you very much Tommy!

      April 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

  11. Brilliant shots! Remind me somehow of Hiroshi Sugimoto´s Seascapes…:)

    April 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    • Thank you! Quite a compliment! :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

  12. Great photo but seems very cold.

    April 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    • It was extremely cold Lou! Thank you :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

  13. Very crisp, love it.

    April 5, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

  14. I love the minimalism of this images. Simply wonderful Adrian.

    April 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    • Thank you Edith. I’ve always enjoyed minimalist landscapes and Iceland throws up lots of opportunities to take them, especially in winter. :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:41 am

  15. leecleland

    Ahh, YES!

    April 6, 2016 at 12:06 am

    • Thank you Lee! :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:41 am

  16. Chilling!

    April 6, 2016 at 2:31 am

    • It was very cold! Thank you :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 6:38 am

  17. Sue

    Wow! What fabulous, stark simplicity – beautiful. By the way, I haven’t noticed you visiting my blog lately…..😟

    April 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

    • Thank you very much Sue. I’m sorry, thinking about it I haven’t seen a notification of a post in a while. I will check my settings..

      April 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

  18. lindywhitton

    That is Art!

    April 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    • Thank you Lindy! :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  19. Very Rothko composition. Love it!

    April 6, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    • Thank you Gunta! :-)

      April 6, 2016 at 7:55 pm

  20. Not a fan of cold places, but your photos are gorgeous. (And if I ever did visit someplace cold on purpose, it would be Iceland.)

    April 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    • Thank you Debbie. You don’t have to be cold in cold places and the beauty of winter in Iceland is just overwhelming, you really do get rewarded for braving the conditions.

      April 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  21. So simple and so beautiful. Just some tones—hardly any colours—interacting with each other. No objects but the horizon. Fantastic, Adrian!

    April 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    • Thank you so much Otto. When we think about the classic landscape composition that calls for foreground interest, it proves we can break the rules, we can remove everything people would normally expect to see and still produce a compelling photograph. When I took the picture I was overwhelmed by the scene, the depth, the emptiness I had to photograph it and other scenes like this one when I was Iceland. I was nervous about posting it to be honest but have been very pleased with the response. People get it and that’s so rewarding.

      April 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      • As you know, we can always break any preconceived rules. :-)

        April 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      • Indeed Otto, Thank you! :-)

        April 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

  22. Black Lightness

    Great shot…

    April 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      April 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  23. What a wonderful, stark, minimalist landscape that is, Adrian. Right up my street. I could happily hang that on the wall and just look at it and feel at peace.

    April 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

    • Quite a compliment, thank you Andy! :-)

      April 8, 2016 at 7:43 am

  24. This might be the most compelling photo I’ve seen from you, Adrian. YOWZA. :-)

    April 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    • Thank you Frank. I was very taken with the stark beauty of the scene and was very pleased when I got to process the image that for me, it reflected what I felt at the time. :-)

      April 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  25. Yes, there is an overwhelming emotional response to this for me as well. Heartbreakingly beautiful.

    April 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    • Thank you very much Elena! It was a stunning and yes, heartbreakingly beautiful scene. :-)

      April 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  26. What I like about this is the very abstract quality, the way the photo hovers between landscape and painting. Beautiful.

    April 9, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you very much Lynn! I’m glad you enjoyed this picture. I love your description ‘hovers between landscape and painting’. I can see what you mean. :-)

      April 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm

  27. This is gorgeous, and has such a calming effect :) Well done, Adrian!

    April 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    • Thank you very much Camilla. It’s strange, this was such a wild day and yet quite a few people have commented on the calming effect this photograph has on them. I feel it too, and yet when I took the photograph, I was battling gale force winds and subzero temperatures. I was blown away by the stark beauty of the scene but I certainly wasn’t calm in the way I might be photographing and pastoral scene in summer. :-)

      April 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  28. We fully understand you, Adrian. We feel deeply touched by your impressions of Iceland. This solitude is unique and the way you capture the landscape is a mind- and eye-opener.
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    the four in Norfolk,

    April 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    • Ahh Dina, that is such a lovely compliment to receive. It’s such a pleasure to be able to share my work and have it appreciated by people like yourselves. Thank you! :-)

      April 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      • You put a big smile on our faces now, thank you! :-) :-) :-) :-)

        April 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • Once again, big smile back! :-) x

        April 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

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  30. Heartafire


    June 20, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    • Thank you very much Hollie! :-)

      June 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

  31. Stunning! This makes me think of Mark Rothko.

    June 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    • Thank you very much Linda! Your comment is very much appreciated! :-)

      June 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm