The Icy Explosion

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    This is Strokkur, the biggest geyser in Iceland and the second biggest in the world. It can shoot twice as high as Old Faithful in the states, and it blasted off about every 5-6 mins or so... which seems like a VERY long time while standing around in the wintery mix of the frozen tundra. It was already fairly cold there, but all the moisture in the air made it a "wet cold", which is a whole new level of cold.

    Sometimes I am jealous of tourists. They can just stand out there, take a photo, and then drift off to the next thing. It must be nice! I have taken it upon myself to sit in front of this son-of-a-gun for two hours to try to get every interesting angle of each eruption. They are all different, and it's unpredictable, so I have to wait for just the right one. There was a little snack shop about half an hour away, which I went to beforehand. I filled up my coat pockets with all kinds of chocolate-covered nuts... While sitting there between eruptions, I would get a little bored and eat these things. By the time this session was over, my body was in a caloric shock.

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    1. trickytimes [deleted] 90 months ago | reply


    2. 8 of Blake 89 months ago | reply

      that looks a lot like Yellowstone National Park!!!

    3. Gregor Samsa 85 months ago | reply

      Extraterrestrial. Wonderful shot.

    4. Zombola Photography 83 months ago | reply

      this is an awsome photo but, may i ask how you hdr'd it? the quality looks too good to be from a single image so im just wondering how you captured the water at different exposures?

    5. britishdanceparty 82 months ago | reply

      how is this possible to take? seriously you have a special talent and a hell of a good timing.

    6. sigfus.sigmundsson 82 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Exploring Iceland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. Bri Doll 80 months ago | reply

      just breathtaking. You are very talented! Keep at it.

    8. Abso7 [deleted] 78 months ago | reply

      WOW ....

    9. AmahRa58 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. Rebecca Lange 73 months ago | reply

      this is gorgeous, i'm going to iceland next year with my school and this picture makes me really quite excited about going. lovely picture.

    11. unfocused mike 66 months ago | reply

      another tremendous photo.

    12. unfocused mike 66 months ago | reply

      another tremendous photo. i have a friend who's about to go to iceland. i'd love to give it a shot myself.

    13. Smoking Pixels Fotografy 62 months ago | reply

      wicked wicked wicked!!!

    14. _-Do Mi-_ 50 months ago | reply

      absolute a fantastic shot!! :)

    15. Paco Rodas 47 months ago | reply

      Bonita foto, صور رائعة, wonderful photo

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