Flying over Iceland was one of most photogenic experiences I have ever had.
Aerial shot of the barren world of Iceland taken while flying to Denmark on Icelandair in mid-May.
Black sand and barren gold. Apparently there was a volcano on the right but I was sitting on the left and didn’t see it.Written on the land; some places reminded me of the ancient rune stones left by the Vikings in these northern lands.A month later we flew back over Iceland again, this time on a different route. This is a small part of the largest glacier in Iceland. Mountain ridges and lakes.An electric turquoise river. (More shots of this electric turquoise river.) In a month the land had changed slightly from gold and barren; it was still barren but now there was green along the edges. Fields of moss maybe? The dark lines are irrigation canals but I can’t think of what they might be growing here.From the distance I couldn’t figure out what I was seeing, some sort of purple. When we landed to refuel I saw they were fields of lupins in bloom.Last shot as we left Iceland and the clouds rolled in. From here on it only cleared a few times, once to reveal these frozen wastes. The trouble with commercial flights is they don’t usually bother with the tour guiding so I have no idea what we were flying over here! More of Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: From Above.