...In regard to the depth of the water, I could not see how this could have been ascertained at all in the immediate vicinity of the vortex. The forty fathoms must have reference only to portions of the channel close upon the shore either of Moskoe or Lofoden. The depth in the centre of the Moskoe-strom must be immeasurably greater; and no better proof of this fact is necessary than can be obtained from even the sidelong glance into the abyss of the whirl which may be had from the highest crag of Helseggen. Looking down from this pinnacle upon the howling Phlegethon below, I could not help smiling at the simplicity with which the honest Jonas Ramus records, as a matter difficult of belief, the anecdotes of the whales and the bears; for it appeared to me, in fact, a self-evident thing, that the largest ships of the line in existence, coming within the influence of that deadly attraction, could resist it as little as a feather the hurricane, and must disappear bodily and at once.
The attempts to account for the phenomenon --some of which, I remember, seemed to me sufficiently plausible in perusal --now wore a very different and unsatisfactory aspect. The idea generally received is that this, as well as three smaller vortices among the Feroe islands, -have no other cause than the collision of waves rising and falling, at flux and reflux, against a ridge of rocks and shelves, which confines the water so that it precipitates itself like a cataract; and thus the higher the flood rises, the deeper must the fall be, and the natural result of all is a whirlpool or vortex, the prodigious suction of which is sufficiently known by lesser experiments.- These are the words of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Kircher and others imagine that in the centre of the channel of the Maelstrom is an abyss penetrating the globe, and issuing in some very remote part --the Gulf of Bothnia being somewhat decidedly named in one instance. This opinion, idle in itself, was the one to which, as I gazed, my imagination most readily assented; and, mentioning it to the guide, I was rather surprised to hear him say that, although it was the view almost universally entertained of the subject by the Norwegians, it nevertheless was not his own. As to the former notion he confessed his inability to comprehend it; and here I agreed with him --for, however conclusive on paper, it becomes altogether unintelligible, and even absurd, amid the thunder of the abyss.
-You have had a good look at the whirl now- said the old man, -and if you will creep round this crag, so as to get in its lee, and deaden the roar of the water, I will tell you a story that will convince you I ought to know something of the Moskoe-strom.
I placed myself as desired, and he proceeded...
Edgar Alan Poe.
This is a view of the Vatnajokull glacier, the world biggest, from the Hofn bay.
The image is totally original; the colors are all real, as the light.
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Zepi (22848) 2005-05-31 4:13
Ohhhhhhh,quel ciel,quelle vue !
Quelles couleurs sombres !
J’adore ! ! !
Dommage que le tout semble pencher !
gaby (19819) 2005-05-31 4:18
Hi Paolo, A great shot (it looks like the movie "the day after") - Fantastic atmosphere -
jinju (14265) 2005-05-31 4:45
Fantastic and ominous. Poe, perfect choice:) The water is outstanding but the sky! Wow, thats just amazing, especially how we can see the stars. Its daytime but also night time! Great shot.
Luan (12971) 2005-05-31 4:51
What is happening here, such a threatening sky and dark ligh...be careful of the dark side ;oP. Nice catch Paolo, this place looks a lunar landascape.
cessy (13647) 2005-05-31 4:54
great capture of this nature greatness
sylvie (1183) 2005-05-31 5:22
Is that the end of the world ?...It's look like.
Great capture, I didn't want to be here at that time but you made a threatening photo. Well done Paolo.
aloyho (6798) 2005-05-31 6:30
This is a fantastic capture of a stunning moment. The mood is perfectly captured. I love the tones of the distant mountains and the highlights on the ripples. Congratulations!! All the best.
jarosz0 (517) 2005-05-31 8:09
Perfect picture with marvelous colours of sky and sun flashes on the water. Dark, grim clouds create unrealistic atmosphere of the image.
donluicu (24722) 2005-05-31 8:42
Ok, the scanning is not great, but what a wonderful and strange photo. This black sea, under those black clouds...brrr, make me cold in the back..
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-05-31 9:41
Were you in a boat when you took this picture? This scene is so scary it makes me think of the land of Mordor from the lord of the rings. I would feel very fragile there and would be running to get out of there.
Maybe the axis of evil is in Iceland :)
fer (1478) 2005-05-31 11:07
Great sky!I love the clouds very darknness.
Dark Vader land.
Graal (96452) 2005-05-31 11:20
Unusual colours sky and the water. Interesting Iceland. Good job.
Fis2 (84020) 2005-05-31 17:06
I like the composition and colours.Very impressive picture!
jjbach (9324) 2005-05-31 17:26
Great picture Paolo, very strong. The dramatic sky is wonderful. Excellent work!!
nerve (10231) 2005-06-01 3:40
This is a great image! its so surreal in a way,, You must be very proud of yourself for a shot like this really..
(Sorry green later, finished for today.. ;-)
capthaddock (28790) 2005-06-01 11:09
woow - what an impressive dark, brooding sky, such surreal atmosphere, very nice black frame for the glaciers
ewa1 (222) 2005-06-01 12:00
I like the contrast between the stormy clouds in the foreground and the sunny sky in the background.
plus this ominous sea. i really love it! thanks for the note too :)
p.s. i need to go to Iceland myself one day...
qpochet (1412) 2005-06-01 12:26
Bellissima foto! Composition grandiose! Obscurité inquiétante, lumière complètement surnaturelle. Et dire que cette photo n'a pas été retouchée.
jrj (34841) 2005-06-06 9:38
A most interesting setting P. The weather is really special and looks no less than threatening. And it sure invites for some speculations of the force of the nature. Good choice with the vertical cropping, focus on a few details. Very good.
joseelias (0) 2005-06-19 12:12
Another surreal image form Iceland. As I said previously they are quite strange and appealing. Great tones and atmosphere.
In the technical aspect I just miss some sharpness. Also cloning out the white dots from the dust would be nice.
starbug (6924) 2005-07-21 7:57
I remember the story by Poe...loved it, just as I love your photo! the sky is overhwelming, the atmosphere so mysterious...congratulations!
fabio_ts (13694) 2005-09-17 9:08
Certo che "spulciando" nella tua di galleria c'è di che riempirsi gli occhi.. invidia pazzesca per quanti posti hai visto.. e immagini splendide..
questa è una sberla sul muso, ti colpisce diretta anche se non vuoi.. FANTASTICA!!
..va diritta (anche se con un pò di ritardo) nelle mie preferite.
buon week end anche a te!!
leiju (1697) 2006-05-05 18:34
Mh! Oh yes! That is Iceland!
You have given the land justice and a perfect look.
Congratulations for an amazing shot at the perfect moment :D
laurak83 (328) 2006-11-09 23:10
incredible! what a fantastic phenomena you've captured. the light on the waves creates a dark mood.
elan2004 (437) 2006-11-09 23:56
Hi Paolo, great capture here,those clouds look like the are full of evil spirits!
Its the end of the world.
Seiei (426) 2006-11-10 0:53
vraiment impressionnant, cette photo
atus (15838) 2007-03-20 17:17
Checchio!!! = come direbbe un vs. noto attore comico pugliese. Questo si che sembra apocalittico!! Fantastico e spaventoso scenario, molto ben ripreso in questo formato verticale, dalla grande profondità.
Complimenti e buona serata!