Late Summer – Macro 2

A honey bee, a bumble bee, a rare Silver-studded blue butterfly, sunflower seeds and a ladybird.

Alaskan lupine

Alaskan Lupines were spread around Iceland to help combat soil erosion, which has been a problem since early settlers cut down trees to build homes and use for fuel. They look pretty, clustered around the landscape in the Summer months, but they have now been classed as an invasive species and are harming Iceland’s existing…

Geysir Geothermal Field, Haukadalur, Iceland

Aside from the famous Geysir and Strokkur, there are a series of smaller geothermal springs. The hot springs of Haukadalur have been active for almost 10,000 years. The azure blue colour of the water is from dissolved silica.

Queen Anne’s Lace Flower

This pretty little cluster of  white flowers rolls itself shut and goes to seed at the end of the season. It is frequently found in hedgerows, fields, meadows etc. It belongs to the carrot family and has feathery leaves like a carrot and the root smells like a carrot. When it is open it has a single,…

Strokkur, Geysir Geothermal Field, Iceland

Strokkur is a smaller, but more active spouting spring, than its famous resident, Geysir. It generally reaches a height of 10 – 20 metres, but can reach up to 40 metres. Quite often, geyser activity subsides (they become ‘quiescent’), but they can be set off again by strong earthquake activity. There are between 150 to…

Gullfoss Waterfall, Bláskógabyggð, Iceland.

Gullfoss means ‘golden falls,’ because on a sunny day the water appears golden-brown due to the sediment carried from its source, the glacial water of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjökull. On bright days, you can see lots of rainbows. It is an extraordinary sight. Its average flow is 1400 cubic metres of water per second….

Iceland – þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park

þingvellir National Park is sited in a rift valley and lies on the tectonic boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Iceland is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. Earthquakes occur along the plate boundaries in Iceland. At þingvellir, the tectonic plates are pulling apart. Also in þingvellir, is Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake…

Peacock

Iridescent blue and green plumage of the Indian peacock.

Tulips

Tulips were once the most expensive flower in the world, costing more than a person’s home. The black tulip had mythical status among Dutch tulip growers. There are over 3000 varieties of tulip.