Iceland V


If you have been following my Iceland posts you are learning how diverse this country is. It is what surprised me most. Here I show more diversity, this time in black & white. Some of the scenes just seemed to call for it. It was fun to see all the different land formations that years of volcanic activity and erosion provided. A field with odd mounds that looked like pyramids interested me as did some sea stacks, similar to those found in our pacific northwest. It seemed obvious that many of the formations were relatively new, especially compared to the rounder more weathered eastern Appalachian Mountains I am so familiar with. In the lagoon glacier chunks, layered with volcanic material waited their turn to be washed out to sea. Following the Ring Road, the sea was never far away and we were happy to be graced by its company as we traveled. I found Iceland to be magnificent in its diversity and long to go back each time I process another image.

'Island Between'  © Denise Bush

‘Island Between’ © Denise Bush

'Pyramids Of Iceland'  © Denise Bush

‘Pyramids Of Iceland’ © Denise Bush

'Beached Icebergs in B & W'  © Denise Bush

‘Beached Icebergs in B & W’ © Denise Bush

'Icebergs In Glacier Lagoon'  © Denise Bush

‘Icebergs In Glacier Lagoon’ © Denise Bush

'Iceberg Close-up'  © Denise Bush

‘Iceberg Close-up’ © Denise Bush

'Selandjafoss Black & White'  © Denise Bush

‘Selandjafoss Black & White’ © Denise Bush

'Sea Stacks'  © Denise Bush

‘Sea Stacks’ © Denise Bush

'Along The Way'  © Denise Bush

‘Along The Way’ © Denise Bush

'Seaside Ruins'  © Denise Bush

‘Seaside Ruins’ © Denise Bush

'Icelandic Horse & Rider'  © Denise Bush

‘Icelandic Horse & Rider’ © Denise Bush

Iceland IV


I suppose as long as I am finding more images from Iceland to process I will keep posting them. It was a nice surprise and highlight to find the little hillside shacks among the beautiful scenery. I have already included several in preceding posts. We named some of the shacks ‘troll houses’ … that’s what they looked like to us. The Icelandic people believe in trolls, fairies, elves and such, and when you look at the landscape you can see why … it’s full of places for these fantasies to live. I loved their crude and simple designs and since shacks have always been a fun subject for me I was pleased to have the chance to photograph them. The homes and architecture is Scandinavian feeling … very simple in design. Sheep dot the hillsides throughout the country and I imagine there must be more sheep than people in Iceland. Wool products and lamb are one of the main products along with fishing. There’s also an abundance of the Icelandic horses grazing in large groups or among the sheep. I guess we would call them ponies here … they’re small, adorable, have long manes and tails, and no two look alike. On the last full day we went to the Strokkur Geyser. It was raining but determined to get the shot I stuck it out and gave it several tries. No matter how ready I thought I was, I jumped each time it erupted … every four to eight minutes. Finally some random landscapes end the post and I couldn’t resist including another image from the iceberg beach. (This time a vertical.) Photographing there just might have been my favorite place of all.

'Troll House Close-up'  © Denise Bush

‘Troll House Close-up’ © Denise Bush

'A Troll Lives Here'  © Denise Bush

‘A Troll Lives Here’ © Denise Bush

'Shack & Rolling Stones'  © Denise Bush

‘Shack & Rolling Stones’ © Denise Bush

'House With A Red Tin Roof'  © Denise Bush

‘House With A Red Tin Roof’ © Denise Bush

'Colorful People'  © Denise Bush

‘Colorful People’ © Denise Bush

'A Horse & Her Farm'  © Denise Bush

‘A Horse & Her Farm’ © Denise Bush

'Hali Horse'  © Denise Bush

‘Hali Horse’ © Denise Bush

'Hairstyle No. 1'  © Denise Bush

‘Hairstyle No. 1′ © Denise Bush

'Hairstyle No. 2'  © Denise Bush

‘Hairstyle No. 2′ © Denise Bush

'Black & White'  © Denise Bush

‘Black & White’ © Denise Bush

'Grazing Together At Skogafoss'  © Denise Bush

‘Grazing Together At Skogafoss’ © Denise Bush

'Strokkur Geyser'  © Denise Bush

‘Strokkur Geyser’ © Denise Bush

'A Peak In The Clouds'  © Denise Bush

‘A Peak In The Clouds’ © Denise Bush

'Kirkjufell At Twilight'  © Denise Bush

‘Kirkjufell At Twilight’ © Denise Bush

'Icebergs At Sunrise'  © Denise Bush

‘Icebergs At Sunrise’ © Denise Bush


Iceland III


Here’s the next set of random images from my September trip to Iceland. This group highlights some of the mossy terrain we encountered throughout the trip. There were lava rocks everywhere, often covered with bright green moss. Walking on it was fun … like being in a ‘moon bounce’. I think you’ll get a sense for Iceland’s cloudy, rainy weather here. Although it was mostly unwanted, it really brought out the greens in the landscape. On our eighth day we woke up to a fresh coating of snow in the high elevations, and sunrise in the opposite direction, lit up the clouds and mountain peaks in deep pink. Signs of fall were displayed in the grasses and low bushes, with yellows and oranges mingling in. In the weeks leading up to the trip I was following the volcano news, afraid of the threat that Bardarbunga might explode, spewing gray ash on the landscape. I’m so very thankful that did not happen so I was able to experience Iceland’s beautiful and diverse colors.

There’s more photos to come, I just need to find the time to process them. To see the previous Iceland posts click on ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top and scroll down.

'Volcanic Remains'  © Denise Bush

‘Volcanic Remains’ © Denise Bush

'Mossy Lava Rocks'  © Denise Bush

‘Mossy Lava Rocks’ © Denise Bush

'Mossy Cascade'  © Denise Bush

‘Mossy Cascade’ © Denise Bush

'Rock Garden'  © Denise Bush

‘Rock Garden’ © Denise Bush

'Pink Morning'  © Denise Bush

‘Pink Morning’ © Denise Bush

'High Peaks Reflection'  © Denise Bush

‘High Peaks Reflection’ © Denise Bush

'Little Shack'  © Denise Bush

‘Little Shack’ © Denise Bush

'A Path To The Church'  © Denise Bush

‘A Path To The Church’ © Denise Bush

'Rock Garden Path'  © Denise Bush

‘Rock Garden Path’ © Denise Bush

'Sheep In the Wind'  © Denise Bush

‘Sheep In the Wind’ © Denise Bush


Iceland II


Processing my images is coming along … slow but sure. Once again I am showing images in random order shot over a ten day period. I’m afraid my first post may have been misleading, giving the impression that Iceland is a sunny place! It was quite the opposite much of the time. It rained in some amount daily, and I was happy that I came prepared with my rain gear and two pairs of rain pants … I wore them every day. I used OpTech Rainsleeves to protect my camera and continued to shoot when it was raining … a little cumbersome but doable. Other times high winds and torrential rain kept us from photographing altogether. We went dirt-roading one rainy day into the mossy highlands but had to turn back when we came across a swift moving wash in the road. The weather was constantly changing and we took our moments when the sun peeked out here and there. Four attempts were made to photograph the Aurora Borealis. A  green glow registered on our sensors but the lights were not very strong and the sky was not totally clear. We used an Aurora app that alerted us when there would be a possibility of seeing it and it was fun trying. In the last image look for the slight green glow behind the moving clouds.

'Iceberg Beach'  © Denise Bush

‘Iceberg Beach’ © Denise Bush

'Beached Jewel'  © Denise Bush

‘Beached Jewel’ © Denise Bush

Icelandic Ruins'  © Denise Bush

Icelandic Ruins’ © Denise Bush

'Twins'  © Denise Bush

‘Twins’ © Denise Bush

'Up On the Hill'  © Denise Bush

‘Up On the Hill’ © Denise Bush

'Ruins By the Sea'  © Denise Bush

‘Ruins By the Sea’ © Denise Bush

'Skogafoss Rainbow'  © Denise Bush

‘Skogafoss Rainbow’ © Denise Bush

'Mossy Cascade'  © Denise Bush

‘Mossy Cascade’ © Denise Bush

'Red Barn With Waterfall' © Denise Bush

‘Red Barn With Waterfall’ © Denise Bush

'The Blue Lagoon'  © Denise Bush

‘The Blue Lagoon’ © Denise Bush

'Night Sky Blur'  © Denise Bush

‘Night Sky Blur’ © Denise Bush

Return home by clicking on the large ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top then scroll down to see all posts.

Iceland I


There is a lot going on right now and processing images from my September 20-30 trip to Iceland has been a bit slow. A little over-whelming, I just didn’t know where to start. Perhaps I needed to let them marinate a little! I couldn’t decide on how I wanted to present them … by day or by themes? Neither felt right so I’ve decided to simply present them as I process them … skipping around from place to place. That was much the way in which seven photographer friends and I experienced Iceland. We never knew what we’d find around the next corner. There were waterfalls everywhere, frequent rainbows, mountains that touch the sea, icebergs, black sand beaches, quaint red roofed buildings and churches, and much more!  Raw and wonderful … I fell in love with Iceland and do wish I could have stayed longer.

'Sheep Grazing at Skogafoss'  © Denise Bush

‘Sheep Grazing at Skogafoss’ © Denise Bush
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'Mountainside Rainbow'  © Denise Bush

‘Mountainside Rainbow’ © Denise Bush

'Low Clouds'  © Denise Bush

‘Low Clouds’ © Denise Bush

'Falling Rocks'  © Denise Bush

‘Falling Rocks’ © Denise Bush
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'Morning By the Sea'  © Denise Bush

‘Morning By the Sea’ © Denise Bush

'Icebergs At Sunrise'  © Denise Bush

‘Icebergs At Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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'Field Of Lava'  © Denise Bush

‘Field Of Lava’ © Denise Bush

'Vik Church'  © Denise Bush

‘Vik Church’ © Denise Bush

'Slopeside Shelter'  © Denise Bush

‘Slopeside Shelter’ © Denise Bush

'Church On the Peninsula'  © Denise Bush

‘Church On the Peninsula’ © Denise Bush

Shortly before last months full moon and sunset, I witnessed some of the most brilliant, golden light I had ever seen. The dark storm clouds added some drama and contrast to the brilliant scene bathed in warm, golden light. It lasted a good while before the sun at my back disappeared behind a low cloud. I ran around getting compositions and chose my favorites to show here (which just happen to feature that same stand of trees that were shown in my moon shots). The light was surreal and wonderful, and I kept thinking ‘now this is the golden hour‘.

The Golden Hour

‘The Golden Hour’ © Denise Bush

'On Golden Bog'  © Denise Bush

‘On Golden Bog’ © Denise Bush

I paid a second visit to Pennhurst State School & Hospital last weekend in an outing I organized to include some photographer friends. It was fun sharing the experience but a little more challenging for me. I had already photographed the scenes that called out loudest to me and now I had to dig a little deeper so as not to repeat what I had done a few months before. I found myself still attracted to several scenes with the left-over wooden chairs and institutional seating. Down in the basement, in a place called ‘Candy Land’ a small group of us practiced light-painting. ‘Candy Land Exit’ and ‘Math Studies’ are the results. I chose several frames to process and then picked my favorites to display here. Like before, I did my best to stay true to the color, light and feeling about the place.

For more information about Pennhurst scroll down to my previous posts or use these links. (To return home click ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top.)
Sneak Peek
Seating Arrangements
Inside Pennhurst

'Candyland Exit'  © Denise Bush (There are 5 children in the mural. Can you see them all?)

‘Candy Land Exit’ © Denise Bush
(There are 5 children in the mural. Can you see them all?)

'Beside The Outside'  © Denise Bush

‘Beside The Outside’ © Denise Bush

'Institution Remnants'  © Denise Bush

‘Institution Remnants’ © Denise Bush

'Outside These Walls'  © Denise Bush

‘Outside These Walls’ © Denise Bush

'The Social Room'  © Denise Bush

‘The Social Room’ © Denise Bush

'Smiley Faces'  © Denise Bush

‘Smiley Faces’ © Denise Bush

'Pennhurst Portal'  © Denise Bush

‘Pennhurst Portal’ © Denise Bush

'Stairwell To Nowhere'  © Denise Bush

‘Stairwell To Nowhere’ © Denise Bush

'Math Studies'  © Denise Bush

‘Math Studies’ © Denise Bush

'Three-legged Chair'  © Denise Bush

‘Three-legged Chair’ © Denise Bush


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