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A New Monolith!  *** explore(d) *** | by Rui Baptista Photography
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A New Monolith! *** explore(d) ***

The first thing that came to my mind while post-processing this image, was that the iceberg reminded me of the iconic alien monolith appearing in the now oldish film “2001 – A Space Odyssey”. This one looked equally intriguing and much colder!


Jökulsárlón sits south of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Huge blocks of ice calve from the glacier and those icebergs float into a lagoon ("Glacier Lagoon"). From there they keep floating towards the Atlantic Ocean, where some of them get washed ashore and sparkle on the black beach like diamonds, after having been polished by the waves. Thus, the beach designation: Diamond Beach.


This photo was taken at sunrise, on a glorious day, with beautiful weather (finally, as the two previous days had been terrible, a total loss...). When I've arrived to the beach a couple of hours before sunrise, seals were easily seen in the water, looking for their morning's meal... And when the sun rose in the sky, well, the least we can say is that it was monumental! This place is utterly beautiful and will remain always in my memories as being the most extraordinary spot I've been in that marvellous trip to Iceland.


Diamond Beach, Iceland

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Taken on November 19, 2018