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Earlier this year I visited the Faroe Islands and this is from a series of photographs taken at Eidi, a village located on the north-west tip of Eysturoy.
The coastline at Eidi is simply stunning and somewhere I could happily spend hour after hour photographing the waves battering off the rocky coastline with waterfall dropping into the ocean in the background.
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From Kolgrafafjörður in W-Iceland. A beautiful day with a clear view, but the whole fjord stinks at the moment after some 30,000 tons of herring died there in a freak natural event a little more than a month ago. A decaying fish slush covers much of the coastline, and the local farmers need to hold their noses and clean their windows of herring scales after a windy day.
Risin og Kellingin (Risin and Kellingin) are two sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands close to the town of Eiði. The name Risin og Kellingin means The Giant and the Witch (or Hag) and relates to an old legend about their origins. The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the witch (Kellingin) is the 68m pointed stack nearer land, standing with her legs apart.
Risin and Kellingin (Risin og Kellingin) are two sea stacks on the northern coast of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands close to Eiði. The name also means The Giant and the Witch and they stand at a height of 71 and 68m tall respectively. Compare them to the enormous vertical cliffs beside them to get a feel for how majestic the Faroe Islands are.
Legend tells us that giants in Iceland wanted the Faroes, as they struggled to pull the island Eiðiskollur mountain split. They continued to struggle throughout the night unaware of the passing of time. As sunrise came a shaft of sunlight caught the giants and turned them to stone.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eiði, Faroe Islands
Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], "festival of breaking of the fast"), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity.
Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is observed on the first of the month of Shawwal at the end of the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims undergo a period of fasting.
According to certain traditions, these festivals were initiated in Madinah after the migration of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) from Mecca. Anas reports:
When the Prophet arrived in Madinah, he found people celebrating two specific days in which they used to entertain themselves with recreation and merriment. He asked them about the nature of these festivities at which they replied that these days were occasions of fun and recreation. At this, the Prophet remarked that the Almighty has fixed two days [of festivity] instead of these for you which are better than these: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
For Muslims, both the festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are occasions for showing gratitude to God and remembering Him, and are an occasion of entertainment. ‘Aishah narrates that when on an Eid day her father Abu Bakr stopped young girls from singing, Muhammad said: Abu Bakr! [Let them sing]; every nation has an ‘id and [this day] is our Eid.
In Pakistan on the day of Eid al-Fitr, people wear new clothes to get ready for Eid prayer. People are supposed to give obligatory charity on behalf of each of their family member to the needy or poor before Eid day or at least before Eid prayer. This will allow everybody to share the joy of Eid and won’t feel depressed. There is three days national holiday for Eid celebration, while festivities and greetings tradition usually continues for the whole month. There is also a tradition that has developed in the recent past of people sending Eid greeting cards to distant family members, relatives and friends.
For Eid prayer, people gather at large open areas like sports grounds, parks or large open area. After Eid Salat people meet and greet each other with traditional hug of friendship. Before going home people give charity to needy and the poor, to further make it possible to have everybody be able to enjoy the day. On their way home, people buy sweets, gas balloons for kids, and gifts for the family. At home family members enjoy special Eid breakfast with various types of sweets and desserts, including traditional dessert sheer khurma, which is made of vermicelli, milk, butter, dry fruits and dates, etc.
Eid is mainly enjoyed by the kids, as they mostly receive money in cash called "Eidi" as gift by every elder in the family and relatives when they visit their places. On Eid day kids are allowed to spend their gift money (Eidi) as they want. Media also covers Eid festivities all day and airs various special programs on TV for all age groups.
Games and outdoor amusements such as fair ground rides are enjoyed all day. People visit their elders relatives first then others and friends all day and share the joy of the day. Some go to parks, seas side, rivers or lake fronts to enjoy and relax. Family get together in the evening to enjoy Eid dinner, and plan how to celebrate second and third day of Eid.
Taken with Nikon D100 fitted with a Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro lens, Handheld.
& The title says it all.... something Traditional yet Colorful..... :)
These r all my favorite... & here my focus was on Maeeyon Bangles [yellow one]...
Wish u all a vry Happy & peaceful Eid..... عید مُبارک ...!!! :)
Press "L". Near Slættaratindur peak, Eiði and Eiðisvatn lake and North Atlantic Ocean below.
Horizon 202, Kodak Gold 200 self-developed in Fuji Hunt X-Press C41 kit, wet-mounted drumscan (through PhotoMultiplier Tubes - PMTs - no CCD nor CMOS involved in the light detection process), no cropping.
Gjogv......The Village of
Gjógv is the most northern village on the island of Eysturoy, named after a 200-metre long sea-filled gorge that runs from the village into the ocean. Nominated by the Nordic Council for the Nature & Environmental Award in 2014, this beautiful quiet and well-preserved village is idyllically located, closed in by mountains to all sides.
With less than 50 inhabitants, all living in old timber-walled and turf-roofed cottages, Gjógv has an abundance of charm and appeal. Add to this some great hiking and walking trails that offer spectacular views of the North Atlantic and the surrounding islands and you won’t want to miss out on this special location.
The village includes a charming teashop, a guesthouse (Gjáargarður) and a campsite, and is located approximately a one-hour drive from Tórshavn.
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Eiðisskarð, Faroe Islands 2013
Filters: ND soft grad
Alien Skin Exposure 6
Exposure wet plate damaged
Eysturoy (Danish: Østerø) means East island (pronounced ['estroi]) and is the second-largest of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, both in size and population.
Eysturoy is separated by a narrow sound from the main island of Streymoy. Eysturoy is extremely rugged, with some 66 separate mountain peaks, including Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago. Important towns on Eysturoy are Fuglafjørður in the north and the densely populated area of the municipalities of Runavík and Nes in the south.
Eysturoy is connected with Streymoy via a road bridge over the sound. This bridge is humorously referred to by islanders as the only bridge over the Atlantic (the natives of the Scottish island of Seil make the same claim, as do the people of Great Bernera located in Na h-Eileanan Siar. Leirvík on the east coast of the island is the gateway for transport connections to the north-eastern islands, particularly Klaksvík on the island of Borðoy, which is the Faroes' second-largest town.
Sites of interest on Eysturoy include the villages of Eiði and Gjógv, the latter having a small natural port in a rock column; the Blásastova historical museum in the village of Gøta; and the varmakelda (thermal springs) of Fuglafjørður, which indicate the volcanic origin of the archipelago. Off the northern tip of the island are the basalt sea stacks Risin og Kellingin.
Important Bird Area
The north, north-east, and south-east coasts of the island have been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of their significance as seabird breeding sites, especially for Manx Shearwaters (2500 pairs), European Storm Petrels (500 pairs) and Black Guillemots (300 pairs).
Eysturoy (Deens: Østerø) is het op een na grootste eiland van de Faeröer, zowel naar grootte (286,3 km²) als naar bevolking (10.586).
Op het zeer bergachtige eiland ligt de Slættaratindur, het hoogste punt van de Faeröer. De belangrijkste plaatsen op het eiland zijn Fuglafjørður, Runavík, Gjógv en Nes.
Eysturoy wordt door een nauwe zeestraat gescheiden van Streymoy, het grootste eiland van de archipel. Een brug over deze straat verbindt de beide eilanden. Deze brug wordt schertsend de enige brug over de Atlantische Oceaan genoemd, hoewel de bewoners van het Schotse eiland Seil hetzelfde beweren. Vanuit het relatief dichtbevolkte zuiden van Eysturoy is Tórshavn op Streymoy per veerboot sneller te bereiken dan via deze brug.
Slættaratindur slopes - Faeröer - Føroyar - Færøerne - Faroe islands -
Slættaratindur is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, at an altitude of 880 metres. It is located in the northern part of Eysturoy, between the villages of Eiði, Gjógv, and Funningur. Funningur lies at the foot of the mountain.
Its name means "flat summit". It can be climbed in about four hours, and although the routes are steep, technical climbing skills are not necessary to reach the summit. In clear weather the summit gives views over the entire archipelago. Slættaratindur is one of ten mountains in the Faroe Islands which rise to over 800m above sea level. Gráfelli, the second-highest peak at 856 m, lies just to the north-east of Slættaratindur.
According to Guinness World Records Slættaratindur is the object of the world's longest sight line, 550 km from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland. GWR state that "owing to the light bending effects of atmospheric refraction, Vatnajökull (2119m), Iceland, can sometimes be seen from the Faroe Islands, 340 miles (550km) away". This may be based on a claimed sighting of Vatnajökull by a British sailor in 1939, during the British occupation of the Faroe Islands in World War II when they were used to monitor German shipping and U-boat movements. The validity of this record is analysed/undermined in mathematical and atmospheric detail by J.C. Ferranti.
De Slættaratindur is de hoogste berg op de Faeröer met een hoogte van 880 meter. De berg ligt in het noorden van het eiland Eysturoy, tussen de dorpen Eiði, Gjógv en Funningur. De naam Slættaratindur betekent Platte Top in het Faeröers.
De top kan worden bereikt na een klim van ongeveer vier uur. Hoewel het parcours soms vrij steil verloopt, zijn technische klimvaardigheden niet vereist. Bij goed weer heeft men vanaf de top een prachtig zicht over de gehele eilandengroep. In uitzonderlijke omstandigheden kan men de Vatnajökull op IJsland zien. Met een afstand van 550 km is dit het verste zicht, zoals vermeld in het Guinness Book of Records. De op een na hoogste berg op de Faeröer, de Gráfelli met een hoogte van 856 meter, ligt iets ten noordoosten van de Slættaratindur.
Op 21 juni, de langste dag van het jaar, is het een traditie om op de top van Slættaratindur te staan en de zon te zien ondergaan en weer opgaan.