Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Beautiful Desolation

And the spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the spirit of love felt everywhere:
And each flower and herb on earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Shelley


Achingly beautiful in its spareness, springtime in Iceland haunts the heart. In defiance of winter's harsh breath, tiny, bright flowers re-emerge between cracks in the magma surface. Waters flow without ice and sheep pastures on the tundra warm to a bronze-colored green.


Slender trees dangle new green spangles...and light, spring winds give them a whirl.


At the Rift, people reach out to touch the edges of earth's crust and walk between two of its tectonic plates--the Eurasian plate on one side and the North American plate on the other.


Deep holes dot the magma landscape, releasing a harvest of steamy thermal heat...


...and big skies wrap the springtime tundra. This strange and wonderful, moonscape-like garden of northern pleasures is open for visitors.

12 comments:

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Oh my heavens, what magnificent images!

Adam said...

That was fun wasn't it. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the little "bonus" adventure.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

How beautiful. The color. Doesn't spring bring out the best in us. Such hope for new life and new breath.

Ron said...

In just three months we will be there. About the same time of year you were there. I only hope my pictures are half as glorious as yours are.

Linda

Jeanne Klaver said...

Very well said. Now this is a place I could get used to. Amazing.

Dimple said...

This whole post is a poem. Shelley's words just introduce it. Lovely.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Becky
Now my turn to getaway.. to Iceland no less. These photos are amazing!! [yours?] What a wonderful place to visit.. so hauntingly beautiful.. I could stare at these for hours!!

PS Sounds like your having fun.. dinner cruise... perfect.. on the water and evening sky... Have a great weekend.. xx Julie

becky at abbeystyle said...
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becky at abbeystyle said...

Julie--
yes, these photos are mine...we went to Iceland last spring. It was a strange and haunting (lovely) experience.

As I said before, I'm a techno idiot...I don't know how to get pictures from other places so all of the pictures on this blog are mine :)

lakeviewer said...

Iceland is stunning! Two tectonic plates meet...OHHHHH, earthquake possible...

becky at abbeystyle said...

yes, earthquakes. not to mention the fact that the plates move apart at 2.5 centimeters per year. Eventually, the country will split in two...

RuneE said...

Oh spring - how I wish I could have said that it had sprung!

I am as green with envy as these hills.