Image of an East Iceland Farm near Dverghamrar about 15 km east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Some other tourists pulled up to take photos. They just concentrated on photographing the horses and photographing themselves in front of the horses. They seemed to be completely oblivious of the landscape in which the horses were located.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur is a village in the sparsely populated Skaftárhreppur, in the eastern part of South Iceland. In 2008 the population of Skaftárhreppur was 467.
The cornerstone of the local economy is agriculture and animal husbandry, while tourism is a growing sector. Kirkjubæjarklaustur is a centre of commerce, services and industry.
The area is the setting of some of Iceland's most popular sagas and home to many of their heroes. Njál's saga, one of the most famous sagas, is largely set in South Iceland with the title character Njáll living at Bergþórshvoll and the hero Gunnar hailing from Hlíðarendi in Fljótshlíð near Hvolsvöllur. These farms still exist today, but don't expect to see medieval ruins. Icelandic building materials were not made to last, and the farms you see today are twentieth century constructions. However, the nature and the scenery remain as impressive!
Since returning to Australia I read Njál's saga.
"The saga deals with the process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Commonwealth, showing how the requirements of honour could lead to minor slights spiralling into destructive and prolonged bloodshed. Insults where a character's manhood is called into question are especially prominent and may reflect an author critical of an overly restrictive ideal of masculinity. Another characteristic of the narrative is the presence of omens and prophetic dreams. It is disputed whether this reflects a fatalistic outlook on the part of the author.
The saga dates to the late 13th century while the events described take place between 960 and 1020. The work is anonymous, although there has been extensive speculation on the author's identity. The major events described in the saga are probably historical but the material was shaped by the author, drawing on oral tradition, according to his artistic needs. Njáls saga is the longest and most highly developed of the sagas of Icelanders. It is often considered the peak of the saga tradition"
The Saga "explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. "
" It has been called one of the great prose works of the world" Thorsteinn Gylfason.
Njal's Saga(Penguin Classics)Paperback
by Anonymous (Author) Robert Cook (Editor, Translator)
The version that I read was:
Njal's saga (Wordsworth Classics of world literature) translated by Carl F Bayerschmidt and Lee M Hollander.
Introduction by Thorsteinn Gylfason
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emilbo (22616) 2014-02-05 16:52
Magnifique photo de campagne dans un bel environnement. Le fond de rochers est superbe avec la petite chute qui tombe de haut. Les chevaux de différentes couleurs sont superbes et participent grandement à la beauté de la photo. Bel éclairage sous un ciel nuageux et le champ fleuri aux couleurs printanières est merveilleux. Encore plus beau en grand.
Tous mes compliments,
saxo042 (37578) 2014-02-05 23:34
I like this note here, I hope everyone reads it carefully;-) And the picture is also magnificent, incredibly interesting rock formations above the village. The volcanic origin seems to be very clear. A very pleasant composition with a fine balance between the horses at one corner and the cascade at the other.
willperrett (7348) 2014-02-06 0:44
You were certainly right to include the dramatic environment in this photograph: that's what it's about, with the horses being merely a "foreground filler"! Precipitous cliffs, an amazing waterfall, bright yellow meadow: it's a ripper. As you say, the farm buildings don't add anything to your scene; and the weather looks - Icelandic. But you've made the best of it, even if the yellow/greens are maybe a touch too vivid (there I go again!). And your note is exhaustive, in the best possible sense! I bet you struggled with the Icelandic names.
dta (67246) 2014-02-06 1:07
Hello Trevor ,
I really admire how you take beautiful picture by cloudy weather . A superb example here , with this splendid composition , from the yellow flowery field in the FG to the outstanding rocky cliffs in the BG . Excellent balance between two focal points : horses on the left and the fall on the right .
Well done .
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-06 3:44
What an awesome scene! Love the mesmerizing beauty of nature. Impressive cliffs, a majestic waterfall, bright flowering meadows this is what poetries are made of. Your photo is equally beautiful, good on all aspects. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful shot.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-02-06 4:33
like this! One never thinks if Iceland having a farm or greenery either, so this is a beautiful insight to this island. That said, the setting and this perfect composition make it look so inviting and captivating. Love this shot!
jhm (140054) 2014-02-06 4:52
What a lovely panoramic view about these area.
In foreground the horses, in centre the green trees and meadow and flowers.
In background the rocks with a splendid waterfall.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Your picture is very well taken with a high sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-06 5:01
stunning scene and definitely worthy to be featured. The unusual rocky mountains frame the whole image and set up contrasting background for the vivid green meadow full of yellow flowers.
The horses grazing lazily in the corner are fabulous subject for the foreground and also add some life to the composition.
Beautiful colors and superbly done sharpness.
chrislo (4155) 2014-02-06 13:28
The picture is excellent and well composed with the cliff face and the waterfall in full view. The yellow flowers give the photo just a touch of bright colour, which makes for good contrast to the greens in the rest of the image. The horses in the corner are an added bonus that provide a nice focal point of interest. A very beautiful shot.
ktanska (24914) 2014-02-06 23:38
Fascinating landscape that is immediately recognizable as Icelandic. Flowering meadow of midsummer looks good and makes strong contrast with grey background. The waterfall and horses are well placed.
chawax (19476) 2014-02-07 0:25
Very nice POV. The horses are very well placed in the composition and the green / yellow colours in the foreground contrast with the dark cliffs in the background and the cloudy sky. I remember there are many waterfalls falling from this cliff in this area, in particular in early summer as the winter rain fill the rivers.
Have a nice day,
holmertz (41737) 2014-02-09 8:27
Det horisontella formatet passar den här kompositionen perfekt. De betande hästarna och det spektakulära vattenfallet i var sin ytterkant fyller hela bilden och tvingar oss att granska hela kompositionen. De gula blommorna, de tre höga träden och de märkligt formade klipporna fyller det centrala partiet med vackra former och färger. Det milda ljuset ger färgerna en mycket behaglig lyster.
npecanhuk (66324) 2014-05-23 16:49
Magnificent natural setting!
Wonderful picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (3112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-05 15:49