Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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The previous post was at the Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA; this is from our viewing of the rest of the Art Museum.  (Click images for larger size).

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Royal Peacock Barge, West Bengal, India, late 19th century.

Miniature ivory depiction of pleasure boat of the Nawab of Bengal.

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This is a very modern installation, dated to just before the time we were visiting.  It is perhaps somewhere between pop art, dada and surrealism.  The artist is not credited.

The assemblage is somewhat anachronistic amongst historical exhibits but does include some references to 19th century Indian works.  It is perhaps intended to depict the sense of wonder at the extent to which modern art styles can sometimes diverge from the traditional.

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Panel, Gururat, India, early 18th century.

Wood applique with bone; brass roundels.

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Altar cabinet, Kham region, eastern Tibet, 19th – 20th century.

Wood with mineral pigments and gilding; brass fittings.

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Hindu God Vishnu, Angkor, Cambodia. c. 950AD (sandstone).

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Folio from a Buddhist manuscript illustrated with Buddha’s birth stories (Thailand c. 1860-80), atop Sutra Box (Thailand 1920-40, wood laquer and gold leaf).

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century (copper alloy).

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Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya, Lakhi Sarai, Bihar, India, 12th century (chloritoid phyllite).

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Dancer’s headpiece in the form of Hindu Godess Kali, Kerala, India, late 15th century (wood with paint).

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The Goddess Sarasvati, Gujurat, India, 1153 by Jagadeva.

Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, embodies the mediæval Indian concept of feminine beauty.  Jagadeva was commisioned to create this sculpture to replace an earlier sculpture of Sarasvati that was dedicated in a Jain temple in 1069 but damaged in 1152.

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The Hindu Goddess Kali, Kerala, India, 17th century (wood with traces of paint).

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Athena, 2nd century Roman copy of Greek original from the late 5th century BC School of Pheidas.

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and of war waged for just causes.  She wears a breastplate decorated with the heads of gorgons, the monsters whose piercing gaze turned people who met their eyes to stone.  The hollow eye sockets indicate that eyes were originally inlaid and of course, as with all ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, she would originally have been painted in bright colours.  The statue was excavated at Ostia, the port of Rome, in 1797.

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Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), c. 1572 by Giovanni Bandini (also called Giovanni dell’Opera) (marble).

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Madonna and child in a landscape c. 1496-1499 by Cima de Conegliano (Oil on panel).

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Saint Crispin (France, c. 1500 (limestone with traces of polychromy).

Saint Crispan is the patron saint of shoe makers.  He and his brother Saint Crispian were tortured for their Christian beliefs and beheaded in 285AD.

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The Swineherd, 1888, by Paul Gauguin (oi; on canvas).

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La Place du Théâtre Français, 1898, by Camille Pissaro (oil on canvas).

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Le Havre, bâteaux de peche sortant du port (fishing boats leaving the port), 1874, Claude Monet.

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Cabinet, c. 1650-75, from Grand Ducal Workshops (Galleria dei Lavori), (ebony, marble, jasper, lapis lazuli and various hard stones, and bronze with gilding).

The birds and flowers that appear to be painted are actually hundreds of pieces of richly hued pietre dure or hard stones, so the designs are laboriously painted in stone.

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Eagle-headed demon ritually expelling sickness and evil spirits from the house, possible purifying anyone entering the King’s living room.

This and following reliefs once adorned the interior walls of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC).  They are from ancient Kalhu (now called Nimrud).  He was the first Assyrian king to use stone panels on the interior wall of his palace which was built in mud brick on a stone foundation.  The reliefs were originally painted in black, white, red and blue.

In 879 BC Ashurnasirpal held a large festival to celebrate the construction of his new capital which remained the centre of the Assyrian Empire for 150 years.  It was surrounded by a massive city wall forty-two feet high (thirteen metres) and five miles long (eight kilometres).  At that time it bordered on the Tigris River.

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A winged human-headed genie wearing a double bull horn mitre that may be a supernatural projection of the king.

He holds a conical fruit that he has presumably dipped in the bucket of pollen held in preparation for fertilisation of the Tree of Life, an important symbol in Assyrian religious belief.

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The king holds a libation bowl and a bow, and he is accompanied by a human-headed genie carrying a bucket.  Both are engaged in ritual ceremony.

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Fragment of a painted Assyrian relief, Neo-Assyrian dynasty, Northern Iraq, 7th century BC (limestone).

It probably depicts King Sargon (reigned 722-705 BC) and still shows traces of the colourful paint that once adorned all Assyrian reliefs.

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Head of a Royal Guard from Persepolis, Achæmenid period, Southern Iran, 5th century BC (limestone).

This fragment once belonged to the inner decorated panel of the eastern staircase of the Apadana, the sumptuous audience hall of the Achæmenid kings at Persepolis.

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20th century sculpture but I missed the label.  Giacometti maybe?

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Heraklion and Knossos.

Heraklion and Knossos, Crete, Greece, 12th to 13th October 2018.
Temporary Post. Brief image descriptions and no commentary.

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I’ve been back but I’m continuing the temporary posts.  What that means is that I’m just processing in Lightroom and ignoring images that I bracketed for exposure or for focus stacking.  There are quite a few of those.  In due course I’ll include those images and others in final posts with details on the subject matter, including history and archaeology.  That may take a while because I expect I’ll finish off final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean (2016) first.

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Venetian fort in Heraklion, from our hotel room.

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Old building in need of roof repair, also from our hotel room, Heraklion.

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Knossos (and following images).

West Porch, I think.

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Recreated murals in South House.

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Original fragment of mural with some recreated surrounds.

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Throne room.

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Minoan Bull mural.

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Storage jars.

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“The Royal Road”.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ( and following images).

Monochrome Pithoi, Phaestos, 1600-1450BC.

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Decoration on a jar, Knossos, 1800-1700BC.

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Octopus jar.  The most famous jar decoration of them all, Knossos, 1500BC.

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Bull-leaping fresco, original and restoration, Knossos, 1450BC.

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Gold axe, Arkalochori Cave, 1700-1450BC.

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The Harvester Vase, Hagia Triada, 1450BC.

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The Snake Goddess, Knossos, 1650-1550 BC.

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Funeral urn, Knossos or Eastern Crete, 1700-1450 BC.

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Coffin, Tylissos, Panokklisia, 1370-1300 BC.

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Conversing lovers, detail of vase decoration, Arkades-Afrafi, Archaic period, 7th century BC.

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Heraklion Harbour.

Shells for sale by fisherman.

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Fishing boats.

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Fishing net on the wharf.

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Nighttime concert.

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Thira.

Thira or Thera or Santorini, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Oia, near where we were staying, on the first evening.

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Musician on the track to the Red Beach.

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Akrotiri Lighthouse.

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On the way back from the lighthouse.

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Looking down from the cliffs.

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Emporio.

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Perissa.

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Megalochori.

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Ferry leaving to Crete.

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Donkeys returning from the Old Port.

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Oia in the evening.

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Akrotiri.

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Akrotiri Town.

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Near Prehistoric Thera.

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Pyrgos.

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Images from the ferry to Crete while still in the Thira caldera.

The town of Oia on the cliff in the distance looks like snow or guano or sulphur deposits.

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Probably Imerovigli.

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Looking out to sea, into the setting sun.

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Athinios Port at the bottom of the cliff, from whence the ferry leaves.

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Athens.

Athens, Greece, 8th to 11th October 2018.
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Approaching the Parthenon.

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Erechtheion.

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Church of St George and top of Mount Lycabettus, from the Acropolis.

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Erechtheion.

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Down in the distance from the Acropolis, not sure exactly what it is.

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Tops of Parthenon columns.

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Parthenon sculpture.

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Monastaraki street, below the Acropolis.

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Church of St Marina in Thissio.

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Agios Eleftherios Chruch.

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Propylaia (in Acropolis, from a distance).

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Roman Agora (or Forum).

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On the streets of Monastaraki.

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Reconstructed Stoa, Ancient Agora.

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Sculpture in reconstructed Stoa.

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Temple of Hephaistos (460-415 BC).

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Acropolis.

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Painting in old church in Ancient Agora.

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Propylaia at sunset.

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Gold signet ring, the largest surviving Mycenaean signet ring,

National Archæological Museum.

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Mycenæan wall painting from 13th century BC.

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Gold ring depicting religious scene.

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Bronze portrait head from Delos, early 1st century BC.

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Grave stele from Thebes, 5th century BC.

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Self-crowning athlete.  Metal wreath fitted in the holes.  c.460BC.

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Sculpture Garden, NGA

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2016

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This was a Sunday afternoon where twenty-six of us from the Canberra Photographic Society and community organisation Photo Access undertook a challenge to create Art at the Art Gallery, in my case mainly outside it and in and around the Sculpture Garden.

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All images are infrared.  The first three were in a part of the Sculpture Gardens enveloped in mist while Fujiyo Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture was operating.

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Reflections and views at Fugelman’s Cones.
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Trees and their residents.
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The Tree Fern Garden.
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The Gallery from Outside.
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Outside James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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Logically, I should post next for Sydney Blues Festival and the excursion to Point Hicks but the images won’t be ready on time.  So I expect I shall post aerial images between Madagascar and the Falkland Islands next, then the two posts I just mentioned and then the Falklands.  Posting will continue to be slow for a while.

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Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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Garðar BA 64

Day 55 . 22nd August, Patreksfjörður and Rauðasandur, Iceland (Vestfirðir or West Fjords)

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From Stykkishólmur I took the ferry to Barðastrandarvegur.  I had intended to next take a short journey to the north-east, to the area around Flókalundur, where there may have been good views.  Since it was raining and I still had a fair distance to travel that afternoon, I omitted that trip.  However, this is where Flóki Vilgerðarson stayed for a winter in 870-871.  He was not the discoverer of Iceland; that was probably Pytheas, a Greek explorer from Massilia (now Marseilles), in 325BC.  Flóki was not the first man to stay in Iceland; Irish monks were already there.  He was not the first Scandanavian; Naddoður from Norway was the first to encounter it and Garðar Svavarsson from Sweden had stayed for a winter around 850, circumnavigated the island and named it Garðarshólmi.  Flóki, though, was the person who gave Iceland its name.  This is how it came about:

Flóki sailed from Norway via the Pharoes with his family and some friends.  He took three ravens with him to help him navigate.  The first flew back to the Pharoes, the second flew around and then landed back on deck and the third flew off to the north-west.  He sailed in that direction, found Garðarshólmi and subsequently became known as Hrafna-Flóki (or Raven-Floki).  It was summer and he was so enamoured of the abundant fishing and hunting that he neglected to make winter hay for his animals.  In the ensuing harsh winter they all starved.  In the spring, Flóki climbed up the nearby mountain Lonfell where he was able to see to the south over Breiðafjörður and to the north-west over Arnarfjörður.  Arnarfjörður was covered in pack ice.  The climate was much colder then and Arnarfjörður these days would be almost always ice-free all through winter.  When he returned to Norway, Flóki expressed his dissatisfaction by naming the land Iceland.  His companions gave more favourable accounts and Flóki’s excursion was the spark that led to settlement.

Actually, there is an ancient cairn on top of Lonfell that may even have been built by Flóki.  He was known to build cairns and for most of the settlement period, mountain tops were believed to be inhabited by trolls and demons and therefore avoided.

The naming of Greenland by Eric the Red is an interesting contrast.  Eric’s father had been banished from Norway for manslaughter and Eric in turn was declared an outlaw for three years for killing a few people too many.  Being an outlaw meant that anyone could kill you and would then take over all your property.  So Eric sailed off to Greenland.  It had been discovered before and there had already been an unsuccessful settlement attempt.  Eric sailed up the west coast and found a place that appeared to be permanently ice free at that time.  Later he returned to encourage more settlers.  Channelling a potential future vocation as a used car salesman, he called it Greenland.

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Back to the journey.  From Barðastrandarvegur I headed towards Breiðavik and on the way encountered this abandoned ship, somewhat dissociated from the sea.

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The map shows key places I visited.  You can see a small label above Barðastrandarvegur (especially if you click on the map to see it larger) and that is Flókalundur, where Flóki landed.  The fjord to the north-west is Arnarfjörður.  The pin by the label for Breiðavik is actually Látrabjarg, the nearby bird cliffs where huge numbers of puffins may be found in season.

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On the way I found Garðar BA 64 in Patreksfjörður.  As the sign says, this is the oldest steel ship in Iceland, built in 1912 and run up here in 1981.

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After Garðar, I took a detour to a view of Rauðasandur, or Red Sand Beach, as shown here and in the following images.

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From Rauðasandur, I proceeded to Breiðavik but it was dark by the time I arrived so no photographs from there for that night.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Days 53-55 . 20th to 22nd August, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland (West Coast)

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From Hraunfossar and Barnafoss in the previous post, I turned back along the road from Borgarnes and headed towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  This is a view along the road from Hraunfossar to Borgarnes.  There are many views like this in Iceland, with farms nestled at the foot of long hills.

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This is the route for this post, from Hraunfossar at bottom right to Stykkisholmur at the top.  You’ll notice an isolated branch in the middle.  This where I thought I was going straight ahead but had turned off into Highway F35 instead of staying on Highway 54.  The problem with this was that F roads are four wheel drive roads and I was driving a huge unwieldy two wheel drive campervan.  By the time I realised this it was too late.  I was on a narrow dirt road climbing a mountain in heavy fog with almost zero visibility.  I could only vaguely determine where the sides of the roads were and was not sure there was enough room should there be an oncoming vehicle.  Fortunately I did not encounter one and eventually found a place at the top of the hill where I could turn round.

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In due course I arrived at Anarstapi which has this small boat harbour…

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… and I ate a meal at this restaurant with a turf roof..
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As you can see, the weather was wet and visibility was restricted.  This is a little further on, I’m not sure quite where, perhaps near Hellnar.  I kept on driving to the camping ground at Hellisandur, where I spent the night.

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The next day the weather was clearer and I went back to some of the places I had driven past.  This is walking in to Djúpalónssandur and Dritvik.

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As with much of Iceland, it is a highly volcanic area, so what we have here is moss on lava.

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On the beach at Djúpalónssandur there are these historic boulders.  In the days when there was a fishing station here, local fishermen used to try lifting the boulders to test their strength.  The ranged through Fullsterker (Fully Strong, 154kg), Hálfsterkur (Half-Strong, 100kg) and Hálfdrættingur (Half as good, 54kg) to Amloði (weak, 23kg).  It is said that a man had to lift Hálfsterkur to get a job as an oarsman.  There is no record of how many people may have injured their backs trying to lift these stones.

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Just a little further on, this is Dritvik.  I could have done with more time at Snæfellsnes Peninsula, as well perhaps as better weather.   However, I also didn’t have the most suitable of vehicles as many of the side roads are 4WD.

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Going back now on the road to Hellisandur and taking a side road, this is Öndverðarnes Lighthouse at the north-west corner of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
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Nearby, this is the entrance to Fálkí, an ancient stone well said to have three waters – fresh, holy and ale.  It was too dark inside for a photograph and the tripod was back in the camper.
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This is a view nearby.  I suppose it must be looking east along the coast though I don’t understand quite where it was taken.  You can see a bit more if you click on it but I haven’t enlarged it further because there are problems with the stitching.  It does illustrate the nature of the weather, though.

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Not far from Öndverðarnes Lighthouse, this is the much more picturesque Svörtuloft Lighthouse.

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Rocks and wild waves near the lighthouse.

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A closer view of Svörtuloft Lighthouse with two young German women who were travelling with me on that day.
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Moss on rocks near the lighthouse.

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A dramatic little cove near the lighthouse.

Not long after taking this photograph, I discovered the camper had a flat tyre.  I went to consult the manual to work out how to change the tyre and discovered it was written in German.  Fortunately I had German passengers.  Unfortunately however, the manual revealed that there was no jack and no way to change the tyre (!!!).  I had no choice but to drive very slowly to the nearest garage on the rim.  The dates the camera was set to say otherwise but my memory is clear that it was a Saturday afternoon.  When I got to Hellisandur I found there was no mechanic there and I was directed to the next town, Olafsvik.  Fortunately I found a mechanic there to change the tyre but it was several days before I could get the destroyed tyre replaced and the rim repaired.

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Now with four tyres again, I proceeded to the pretty port of Stykkisholmur, where I had booked to catch a ferry.

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Reykjavik to Hraunfossar

Days 51-53 . 18th to 20th August, Iceland (West Coast)

Before I generate the permanent posts for the recent Madagascar/ South Georgia trip,  I am posting on my month in Iceland towards the end of 2013, part of my North Atlantic trip.

I had sailed in the Polar Pioneer from Spitsbergen down the coast of Greenland and we arrived in Ísafjörður on the 18th of August. The same day I took a plane to Reykjavik and then a taxi to the western satellite town of Reykjanesbær, where I picked up my rental vehicle.

On the way I discovered one of the many ways in which Iceland is different. I couldn’t get the ATM at the airport to give me any money but the card was OK and in Iceland you can use credit cards almost anywhere – in taxis, for example. I later discovered that the petrol stations also all work by credit card. This is very handy because you wouldn’t want to be unable to get fuel in a remote corner of the country on a weekend.

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This is the vehicle I hired. I was to be in Iceland for a month and for the first fortnight I drove around the coastal road in a huge camper. I’d never driven one before and I don’t think it was such a great choice for me. The expected advantage was being able to stop overnight at great locations but it was too large and unwieldy to take down many interesting roads.  I’d have been better with a smaller more spartan vehicle or a 4WD and maybe even staying in accommodations.

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Hraunfossar .

Before I headed off I had a few things to organise in Reykjavik. I’d had a Baker’s Cyst in one leg which had become infected so I was pumped full of antibiotics for my last couple of days on the ship and confined to bed. That was a concern but in a visit to the hospital I was pronounced cured. So that just left the strained achilles tendon in the other leg (from an old sporting injury) that slowed me down and mitigated against any long walks. That slowly came good over the next couple of weeks.

The card I bought for my phone wasn’t working so I bought an Icelandic one and had a working phone. This was to become very important much later.

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This rather nondescript street scene in Reykjavik shows two things. It is near the camping ground I was staying at and in the buildings at the left is the Sony headquarters. The transformer for my laptop had died and I was able to replace it and so be able to back up my images and review or process them. It also gives an indication of the weather. Scotland had actually been warm and dry and I had had good weather in the Lofoten Islands, Spitsbergen and Greenland. All the wet weather had gone to Iceland and for the first two weeks it was raining most of the time.

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On my way out of Reykjavik on the 20th, I visited a small sculpture park in the suburb of Laugarnes, beside the sea.

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Leaving Reykjavik, my next stop was at a museum in Borgarnes, Borgarnes Settlement Centre. Then I took a road inland towards some waterfalls. This led past the home of Snorri Sturlson (1179-1241) at Reykholt, which I did not photograph because it was closed. Snorri was a poet, the writer of Heimskringla (a history of Norwegian Kings) and probably author of Egil’s Saga. He was for many years Lawspeaker of the Althing, the Parliament of all the peoples, so a position of great power and influence. This was a period of civil strife and war in both Iceland and Norway and Snorri was a leader of a push to become part of Norway. He was murdered in his house in 1241.

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This is Hraunfossar, a series of cascades over a lava bed, “hraun” meaning lava and “fossar” is waterfall.

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Very close to Hraunfossar is Barnafoss, the Children’s Waterfall. The story goes that there used to be a natural arch here and one Christmas day when the rest of the family were attending church, two children fell from this arch and drowned. Their grief-stricken mother then had the arch destroyed.