Breach

June 29, 2019

This is the less successful of the two photos I managed of breaching humpbacks.  But then any photo you get of a breaching whale is a success, no? I shouldn’t have written “humpbacks,” because there was only one humpback jumping this day, and he kept it up for some time, as if he were indulging […]

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Chris

June 28, 2019

Taos Toolbox 2014 veteran Chris Cornell died unexpectedly a few weeks ago, and his family has set up a memorial page for those who knew him. They have very kindly approached me to establish a scholarship in Chris’ name, and the page includes a link to Taos Toolbox, for those of you inclined to donate.

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Hidden

June 26, 2019

This was described to me as “a church of the Hidden People.” The Hidden People are, well, people— they’re not dwarves or elves or trolls, who are supernatural beings who also hang around in Iceland.  They’re just people who are hidden. (Some people think the Hidden People are the same thing as elves, but Arni assured […]

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Pod People

June 26, 2019

Friend of the blog Pete Johannsen and his pal Connor (who seems not to have a last name) interview each other about my novel Voice of the Whirlwind.  Interesting ideas are raised, some of which I will have to think about for a while. It’s entertaining, it’s smart, and it’s about me!  Good Lord, how perfect is […]

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Snjóbíll!

June 24, 2019

Dig the crazy halftrack action of this 1929 Citroen snowmobile!

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Debatable Ground

June 24, 2019

So here we are atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, on the neutral ground between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate.  Because the land here is very new, there’s not much in the way of bedrock to support it, and in places it’s sort of collapsed— though not here, where this lake can be […]

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Glacier Had a Baby

June 18, 2019
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Springtime

June 17, 2019

Here we are, just a few days from Midsummer, and the temperature is 7º Celsius (44 Fahrenheit), with a wicked cold wind.  That’s southeast Iceland for you. This photograph was taken near the pleasant fishing town of Höfn (“Haven,” or “Port” if you like), which is currently suffering from a weird tertiary effect of global warming […]

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Turf

June 16, 2019

I should make the point that my Iceland posts aren’t made in any particular order, but dictated by what I feel like writing about and how much time I have available. So if you’re familiar with Icelandic geography, you may suspect that I’m teleporting randomly about the landscape.  Whereas to those of you who don’t […]

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Score!

June 15, 2019
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