Follow the signs the world gives you, and you shall never be lost.
Upstream from Goðafoss are some small waterfalls you can come very close to. So close that, like in so many other places in Iceland, you could put your hand into them. We sat there, contemplating the water run past us, past our feet, past our hands.
I located a little part a few meters deeper where I could come to the height of the most tumultuous parts of these falls and then climbed down. I snapped a few pictures of the water jumping up to me and then looked up to where my orange companion lay. And there was this sky.
It took me a few seconds to react to what I was seeing as I simply could not come to grasp what was there: this humongous face, and this cloud-being's hand pointed in the same direction as where my fellow traveler was looking. The halo above this head and further up the brilliant power of the sun piercing through the veil. It looked as if this being was leaning onto the rock with one of his arms and pointing into this far away distance with the other.
How could I not take this picture?
How could I not take a picture of this apparent cloud-being?
Although this shot does not teach you about the world in terms of apparently immobile and tangible landscapes, I hope you will see perhaps a little bit of a different approach to what the world has to offer.
My experience of traveling through Iceland became a very spiritual one, throughout which I learned to look at the signs my surroundings were giving me. Signs that, when followed, took me to the most unexpected and amazing places that even most locals didn't know about.
I hope that this shot is not too misplaced on TE.
I haven't played around with it, except for readjusting colors before saving it for web (which always robs them of light and color...), and for cropping a bit off from the left.
It continues my series on The Orange Man Visits Iceland... a theme that won't see itself enlarged by any pictures in the following few days as I take off for Germany for a little while :)
An advance Thank You to those amongst You who take the time to criticize and/or comment!
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ktanska (26359) 2006-07-26 1:55
It really is a surprising cloud and quite abstract shot in itself. And the orange man facing away fits particularly well in the scene giving an idea of closing the mind from the outer world... Or dozens of other interpretations!
cobraphil8 (82) 2006-07-26 2:43
Déesse Julia est-elle encore là?
Voilà que tu commences à maitriser les éléments pour nous offrir une situation très surprenante, je ne sais pas le nom de ce nuage, mais il est très étrange, comme si cet homme était perdu au milieu de cette île et que cet être lui indiquait la voie à suivre...
Cela devient en effet spirituel, certains voyages arrivent à nous provoquer ce genre de sensations, et lorsqu'on en arrive là, c'est très fort.
Je l'ai également connu au Pérou et au Maroc, on met longtemps à s'en remettre.
Je te souhaite d'excellentes vacances et à bientôt, peut-être vers chez moi.
Dianchen (189) 2006-07-26 3:47
What for a sky...
SchwebagMike (1490) 2006-07-27 8:15
Hi Julia, this photo is really surprising ... the Orange Man seems to be looking to the shown direction, like being lost and the sun is perfectly well contributing to the whole mystical effect, not to mention of course the cloud. Are you sure you haven't faked it with PS ;-)
alainh (35583) 2006-08-04 4:40
astonishing, mysterious and beautiful picture.
a good format for this nice composition.
sarju (5324) 2006-08-20 9:53
just like a dream
love this photo of yours
cheers ... sarju
danby1 (3697) 2006-09-07 9:28
hmmm its a nice shot with good colours but i cannot quite see the man you talk about! because of the bright sun your man and the grass in the foreground is a bit underexposed. good idea though and a nice shot, thanks for sharing
rafalzurawel (229) 2006-09-25 16:49
Very impressive picture! The sky...
ceky (2592) 2006-12-20 16:34
Voici une photo assez inhabituelle avec une note fort intéressante ! C'est vrai qu'on ne peut pas s'empêcher de faire divaguer l'imagination lorsque la nature offre des tableaux comme celui-ci !
- Copyright: Julia Leijola (leiju) (1697)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-10
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G (kit lens)
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Returning to Iceland
- Theme(s): The Orange Man Visits Iceland -expo [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-25 18:56