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Way back waypoint markers

These small stone towers dot the Icelandic landscape, and seemingly lead off to nowhere. Yet, long before good maps or GPS, they serverd as ancient waypoint markers for Icealnders to traverse the country without getting lost – especially when the snow was covering the ground. These cairns (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairn) have been used around the world for millenia, and I found them most striking here.

#cairns  #clouds  #grass  #iceland  #mountains  #waypoints

The lake that powers Las Vegas

A 120º pano overlooking the Hoover Dam on Lake Meade, with the power lines going over the mountains towards the glow beyond that is Las Vegas, Nevada.

#energy  #hoover dam  #lake meade  #las vegas  #long exposure  #mountains  #night  #panoramic  #panos  #skylines  #water

The ring road shone in gold

There is one major two lane highway all around Iceland –the Ring Road. This shot was taken in the extreme North of Iceland with a 600mm supertele of a lonely car making its way around the mountains at sunrise – at 2am!

#1999  #cars  #destinations  #film  #markers  #mountains  #roads  #sunrise  #travel  #velvia

The lake that powers Las Vegas

A 120º pano overlooking the Hoover Dam on Lake Meade, with the power lines going over the mountains towards the glow beyond that is Las Vegas, Nevada.

#energy  #hoover dam  #lake meade  #las vegas  #long exposure  #mountains  #night  #panoramic  #panos  #skylines  #water

Free range sheep amidst moutains

The sheep in Icleand all seem to be outside the fences. But, as we were told, the fences are actually only there to keep the sheep OUT of the crop fields. As the summer growing season is quite short compared to North America, the crops are critical. The sheep on the other hand get to roam freely up to the mountains and back all summer long.

#grass  #iceland  #mountains  #sheep  #snow  #summer  #travel

Warning sentinel

An odd, almost robotic looking concrete and steel marker warns drivers and walkers alike that there is a blind cliff just behind it that drops into the harbor below. The other side of the Reykjavík bay can be seen in the distance with its suburban housing dotting the landscape.

#1999  #caution  #iceland  #mountains  #orange  #reykjavík