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


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My passion for photography has rewarded me with the opportunity to examine the world carefully. My approach is intuitive and I choose to impose no constraints – leaving myself open only to possibilities. As a professional designer I am drawn to images that offer a strong composition, pattern and rhythm. Creating images with a unique perspective while sometimes pushing the limits of traditional composition 'rules' excites me. Landscapes, nature subjects and things from the past are common themes in my work.

48 thoughts on “Iceland IV”

  1. Denise, I am loving these posts from your Iceland visit. They capture both the grand and the everyday. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  2. Beautiful shots, Denise! And FYI, if you’re curious what was in that particular little “sheep shack”— my traveling companion (John) walked up there and peeked in—there was a sheep carcass in it, long passed.

    1. Thanks for that extra detail! There was a sign at one of them saying it was a shelter for sheep. I wonder if they leave the carcass there for effect! I did see a sheep scull with horns on the side of one of the F roads. BTW — the first 2 images are different shacks although they look very similar.

  3. Love your” Colorful people”, it turned out really nice. And love your “Hairstyle #1” better than mine, Tom calls that guy Bonjovi! Lol

  4. Denise, I absolutely love the ‘troll houses’…first time I’ve ever seen these from someone who went to Iceland. I also love the house with the red tin roof…All your images are amazing, as always!

  5. I was in Iceland over a year ago, and share your admiration of this photogenic country. I’ve looked through your whole ‘Iceland’ series, nice work! I’m jealous of a couple of your ruined building shots; you saw some I didn’t.

  6. Just getting around to studying your photographs and, again, great set of images. I love how this set comes together and make a holistic view of Iceland with the old and abandoned buildings, horses, landscapes and that one photo of the colorful people. Every images stands on its own as a nice photograph but together, wow!

    1. Thanks Rich. I like putting photos together in sets. As I said in my first post, with these I had a hard time deciding on how I wanted to do it. My random approach seemed to work for me and I found a way to tie them together in my opening paragraphs.

  7. Love your photos!! We are planning a trip to Iceland in July and I’m dying to see some ‘troll houses’!! How cool?! Where did you find those two? I need to put them on our must-see list!!

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