Thredbo Blues Festival 2016

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The last three weeks, while I have been releasing previously prepared posts from Iceland, I have been first shooting then processing images from Thredbo Blues Festival 2016. This was the 22nd Thredbo Blues Festival (and I think the 20th I have attended and the 11th I have photographed). And here are some of the images…

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Phil and Trudy Edgely.

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Glenn Cardier Band.
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Glenn Cardier.
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Mick Malouf.
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Charlie Wooton.
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Rick Melick.
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Christina Crofts (with Stan Mobs and Tony Boyd.
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Genevieve Chadwick.
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Richard Perso,

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Liza Ohlback.
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Russell Morris.
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Andy Just.
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Dan Dinnen.
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Harry Brus Band.
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Gail Page and Mitch Anderson.
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Andrea Marr.
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Brody Young.
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Gile Page and Zoltan John

Gail Page and Zoltan John.

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Genevieve Chadwick Band.
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Fiona Boyes.
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Simon Kinny-Lewis.
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Rosscoe Clark.
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James Southwell, Rosscoe Clark and Charlie Wooton.
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There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from Thredbo 2016 including top 100 images as well as links for the Keller Jam, crowds and each of the 22 bands. On that page you will also find links to images from previous Thredbo Festivals from 2006.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2016 images . in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

Fjallsárlón

Day 65 to 66. 2nd to 3rd September. Fjallsárlón, South Iceland.

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I had decided to be at Fjallsárlón (glacial lake) for sunrise the next day.  So I decided to go there in the afternoon to ensure there was an overnight place for the campervan and no problems getting in and out.  This is the view across Fjallsárlón to Fjallsjökull glacier. (For location, see the map in the Hofn to Jökulsárlón post).

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We saw a wide angle view of Fjallsjökull (glacier) in the previous image and this is clearly not that, so we must be looking across nearby Breiðsárlón (glacial lake) to Breiðamerkurjökull (glacier) (which empties into the Jökulsárlón lagoon).

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A distant view of a part of Fjallsjökull (glacier).

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This image and following:  various views of Fjallsárlón (glacial lake) and Fjallsjökull (glacier).

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It’s raining now.  There are a few traces of raindrops on the lens at the bottom of the image.

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And now it’s clear again.  A sudden five-minute weather change?  Well no, actually it is now nearly sixteen hours later, at the next morning and before the dawn.  Not much in the way of further comment required for following images, I think.

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Finally, a view from further out upon leaving.  I think I am halfway back to the main road.

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Jökulsárlón

Day 65. 2nd September. Jökulsárlón, South Iceland.

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These are images from a whole day at Jökulsárlón, where icebergs drift from a glacier through a lagoon to the nearby sea.  The first seven are at the lagoon.

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The glacier Breiδamerkurjökull looms above the lagoon.

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Now I have moved to the coast at the black sand beach near where the lagoon empties to the sea.

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For these last ones I am back again at the lagoon.

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These boats contain Martin Bailey’s group heading out to the edge of the glacier to find images.

I enquired at the booking office whether I could have a boat ride as well but I needed to have booked in advance..

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Hofn to Jökulsárlón

Day 64. 1st Septemberr. Hofn to Jökulsárlón, South Iceland.

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Close to the south west coast of Iceland is Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Iceland.  there are several volcanoes underneath it and more than twenty outlet glaciers.   In some places these are quite close to the coast.  This is  Skálafellsjökull Glacier.

 

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On this day I travelled from Hofn to Jökulsárlón.  For dawn on the day after the next I went to Fjallsárlón which I also show on the map here.

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Skálafellsjökull Glacier.

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Skálafellsjökull Glacier.

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This image and the four following are somewhere on the road from Hofn to Jökulsárlón but I can’t be sure exactly where.

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(You can always click for a larger view).

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Jökulsárlón is a very special place and one of Iceland’s main tourist foci.  Literally it means “ice river lagoon”.  At one stage the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier reached almost or entirely to the sea here.  It has been retreating and in its retreat has formed the lagoon, in conjunction with the Jðkulsa river, which flows from under the glacier to the sea.

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Consequently, Jökulsárlón (lagoon) fills with icebergs which slowly drift out to sea and fragments of them are deposited on the black sand beaches of the coastline.

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All images in this part of the post are taken at the lagoon.

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In 2010, Martin Bailey was one of the lead photographers in my trip to Antarctica.  I joined up with him again in 2012 in his winter wildlife tour to Hokkaido.  At one stage he was considering joining me as a scouting exercise for Iceland but instead he teamed up with Iceland photographer Tim Vollmer to offer his own Iceland tour.  I was hoping to meet up with him at Jökulsárlón but had not had contact with him for days or weeks so it wasn’t certain that we would meet up.  When I pulled into the parking area, I looked across at the bus beside me and there he was, having also just arrived.  We saw quite a lot of each other in the next couple of days and I visited him and his party at their lodge in the next couple of nights.

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Icebergs and Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in the distance.

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A group of people in an amphibian off for a lagoon cruise.

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Hofn

Day 63. 31st August. Reyðarfjörður to Hofn, East Iceland.

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The coast looking towards Stöðvarfjörður.  Pin #1 on the map (following).

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The day’s travel was from Reyðarfjörður to Hofn.  Numbers for pins on the map correspond to particular images.

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Probably somewhere near Breiðdalsvik.

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Djupivogur at around 6pm.  This is mid to late afternoon since sunset is nine or ten.  Not significantly changed in post-production.  Just an extremely dark sky.

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Pin #5.

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This image and the next four are at Pin 6-10.

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Clearly a petrified dinosaur or a marine reptile in the sand. Perhaps a short-necked pliosaur such as Kronosaurus.

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Lots of spectacular vistas along the coast.  Pin 11.

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Pin 13.

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By now I have reached Hofn and proceeded to a wetlands area in a peninsula just south of it.  This is why there are two pins on the map at Hofn.  This one and the next five images are from that area.

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Finally, the dockside at Hofn.

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Bakkagerði to Reyðarfjörður

Day 61. 29th August. Bakkagerði, Gufufoss, Seyðisfjörður(?), Reyðarfjörður , East Iceland.

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I woke up before the dawn in Bakkagerði and walked down to the shoreline to photograph the rising of the sun.

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After dawn, I returned to the small town, found the mechanic and he changed the wheel on the campervan.  This is a very isolated place and he only accepted cash.  It was the only situation I encountered in Iceland where I had to pay money and was not able to use a credit card.
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The day’s travel from Bakkagerði (and Borgarfjörður Eystri) past the plains of Héradsflói to Gufufoss and Reyðarfjörður.

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This is the privately owned house Lindarbakki on the main street at Bakkagerði.  The notice in front of the house says:

The house Linderbakki belongs to Elísabet Sveinsdóttir.  During the winter she lives in her house in Kópavogur but from mid-May to the end of August every year she dwells here.

Elísabet and her husband, Skúli Ingvarsson, bought Lindarbakki in 1979.  The deed of sale describes the house as follows:  Linderbakki is very old, built of turf, stones, wood and cement and is in many ways not a fashionable property.  Elísabet and Skúli put a lot of work in renovating the house and erected a little shed in the same style as the house on the site.  The shed now houses a collection of artefacts and old equipment which Elísabet and Skúli have collected through the years.  Skúli died in 1987 and since then Elísabet has seen to the upkeep of the house with other helping hands.  Lindarbakki is heated by an old black oil heater, still in its original state.

The house is about 30m², including the hall/ lobby.  There is one bedroom in the house, a kitchen as well as a bathroom.  The cellar is beneath the house which contains a well.  The cellar is the oldest part of the present house dated 1899.  The woodwork in the house is mainly from 1934.

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The town also boasts a small sculpture garden of industrial artifacts.

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Heading now back towards Egilsstaðir and Seyðisfjörður, this is the pool at the top of the ridge that I photographed in the gloom of the previous evening.

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This image and the following three are in the nearby plain of Héradsflói.

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Dark and stormy conditions.

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This is a curious hut by the side of the road complete with a picnic table.  The sign at the top says “Coke-Sjalf Salt”, the sign on the door says “Opid/ Open” and it is unlocked.  I did go inside but I don’t think there was anything there.  Perhaps it is manned at some times of the year or perhaps there is sometimes an honesty system or perhaps it is just a relic of the past.  I am not sure of its purpose.  Perhaps an historic depot for locals of coke (coal) for fires and salt for preserving fish, periodically updated from Egilsstaðir ?

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I stopped in Egilsstaðir for a while to replace the tyre on the spare wheel and the proceeded to this waterfall, Gufufoss, not far from Egilsstaðir on the road to Seyðisfjörður.  It is raining and there are water droplets on the lens.

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Next I originally intended to continue on to Seyðisfjörður.  However, I was running out of time so I turned back at the waterfall and continued on to Reyðarfjörður.

Seyðisfjörður however is a site of very early if sparse settlement.  The foundations of a burnt church have been dated to the tenth century and some exhumed graves to the eighth.  In the latter case, they must be Irish monks.

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This is a small farm just before Reyðarfjörður.

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I don’t know the name of these cascades but they are quite close to the farm in the previous image, perhaps on the other side of the road.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Gufufoss, Iceland, Landscape, Lindarbakki, Nature, Photography, Seyðisfjörður, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Fjardaál aluminium smelter in Reyðarfjörður.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Gufufoss, Iceland, Landscape, Lindarbakki, Nature, Photography, Seyðisfjörður, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Fjords Eskifjörður on the left; Reyðarfjörður on the right.

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Central North-East Iceland

Day 61. 29th August. Central North-East Iceland.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

At the side of the road, south of Husavik.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

I had intended to drive from Husavik to Bakkagerði by the seldom-used coastal road via Kópasker, Raufarhöfn, Þórshöfn, Bakkafjörður and Vopnafjörður.  However I had to get the campervan back on the appointed time and I calculated I needed to go the direct route on the tar to save some time.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

This is also between Husavik and Mývatn, but closer to Mývatn.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

This image and the next five are somewhere in the area of Mývatn.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

All are landscapes highly affected by volcanic activity.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness .

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness .

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness .

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness .

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

This image and the next two are past Mývatn, between the western road to Dettifoss and Selfoss that I took and the eastern sealed route that most people take.  Stark volcanic landscapes under dramatic skies.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

In the distance is the suspension bridge across the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river that leads to Dettifloss, Selfoss and Vesterdalur.  You can see it a bit more clearly if you click on the image for a larger view.  The point I took the photograph from is marked on the map above as “View of suspension bridge”.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness .

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

This is closer to Egilsstaðir and the view is not so stark.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

There was a more direct route to Bakkagerði but I was running short of petrol and needed to go to Egilsstaðir.  So I had dinner in Egilsstaðir and drove on.  This is just north of Bakkagerði, on the ridge between Héradsflói and Borgarfjörður Eystri, looking towards Héradsflói.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

Just before Bakkagerði, I found I had another flat tyre.  Those of you who read earlier posts will know I had no capacity of changing the wheel.  This time I was not so far from a town and on a good road.

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Bakkagerði, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wilderness

From the same place, looking in another direction,  this is Bakkagerði in the distance and Borgarfjörður Eystri (the fjord) behind it.  I drove into town while destroying the tyre but not the wheel and parked for the night outside the garage.

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