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Dedicated to HELGA Halldorsdottir og HALLGRÍMUR Olafsson.
This image is of their abandoned house on the farm that they called Dagverđará.
Also dedicated to Helga's brother, Ţórđur Halldorsson, "the last Icelandic sorcerer”
In the background is the volcano and glacier Snćfellsjökull.
Story of the image:
A peculiar weather event began as we were driving up a track towards the glacier on the south western side of the mountain. On recollection the event seemed to begin after we had observed an unusual, small, dark, single plume of cloud at what appeared to be the summit of the mountain. Not long after we had made this observation a fog descended on us and we were forced to turn back to avoid becoming lost in the fog. On the way back nothing appeared to be unusual about the weather accept that the fog continued to follow us down the mountain. From memory, the air was reasonably still. There was still time to grab a few photos on the way back down. We stopped a couple of times. However, when we made it back onto the main road a tremendous wind occurred.
Looking back at the mountain one could see that the whole top of the mountain top was encased in billowing clouds of fog and above that were streams of cloud in what appeared to be tremendously intense jet streams of wind. On alighting from the car we found that the wind outside was so strong that you could lean into it and be supported by it. Given the strength of the wind at ground level it seemed to be very peculiar that the wind did not wipe the cloud away from the mountain. The mountain seemed to be encased in a protective atmosphere which appeared to be separate to that of the surrounding area. It was as if a force field had encased the mountain.
I decided that I should look for a suitable location to take some photos. I remembered a road nearby that led down towards a deserted house. I began taking photos there. At this location was a monument. I did quickly photograph the monument but did not comprehend the inscriptions (they were in Icelandic). I should have taken more interest in the monument but I was too busy taking photos of the atmospheric event. I found out later, after some online research, that the place was Dagverđará which had some interesting historical connections to the ‘The last Icelandic sorcerer’.
My research also revealed some interesting things about Snćfellsjökull which might explain the weather event which we had just witnessed.
Snćfellsjökull is the smallest glacier in Iceland, but one of their most famous volcanoes. Its main claim to fame is being featured as the entrance to Earth's center in the book ”Journey to the Center of the Earth“ by Jules Verne.
“The crater under the summit Djúpalónssandur is 200 metres deep, full of ice and surrounded by icy crags.”
“Some people also consider Snćfellsjökull to be an enormous source of energy and it is often visited by those with an interest in the spiritual and supernatural.”
“The volcano last erupted near 1800 years ago, spouting ashes over the Northern part of Snćfellsnes and the Westfjords.”
“The Snaefellsjokull is an enduring source of inspiration for mystics, artists, photographers and poets. It is the well-spring of Icelandic mythology, looming over a strange land where dwarves still lurk in the crannies, elves hide in the mossy banks and ogres stomp across the ice.”
“The volcano is shrouded in Viking legends of an evil love triangle, ghosts, trolls, elves and spirits. Snaefellsjokull allegedly is one of the world’s seven most powerful fields of mystical energy, akin to the Egyptian and Mayan pyramids.”
“Snaefellsjokull is sometimes called the holiest place in Iceland.”
HELGA Halldorsdottir and HALLGRÍMUR Olafsson ,were the owners of Dagverđará. They stopped farming in 1957.
Dagverđará Location is 64.745646, -23.718411.
An obituary by son Stefán Hallgrímsson frá (from) Dagverđará about his parents HELGA Halldorsdottir og HALLGRÍMUR Olafsson can be found here . http://www.mbl.is/greinasafn/grein/737184/
A link to the Unveiling of the monument to Helga and Hallgrímur from Dagverđará, Saturday 21 June 2003 can be found here: http://www.mbl.is/greinasafn/grein/739519/
Hellga was the sister of Ţórđur Halldorsson a famous Icelandic poet. Stefán Hallgrímsson frá Dagverđará also wrote the obituary for his uncle Ţórđur. Ţórđur Halldorsson was born on 25 November 1905. He died 10 January 2003 http://www.mbl.is/greinasafn/grein/709461/?item_num=127&dags=2003-01-18
In the book “Ring of Seasons: Iceland--Its Culture and History” by Terry G. Lacy, Ţórđur Halldorsson is described as the last Icelandic sorcerer”. Ţórđur was single and had no children.
PS.My previous photo posted on TE of the church at Hellnar was taken later on the same day.
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CLODO (29722) 2013-10-22 1:43
a good and long note to described the reasons of the shot. The white cloud looks like snow covering a mountain, and the deserted house seems to have been blown up by the wind.
Nice B&W picture telling a story
SteveH (6191) 2013-10-22 4:32
Striking image. B&W works well with the high contrast between the white clouds and other elements. I like the compositon. Nature provided you with good material that day. Cheers,
aleXundar (1256) 2013-10-22 9:48
A very good pictorial documentation of your amazing experience. Very well taken shots (I include the WS also) of the clouds and the storm.
Well done. Thanks for the detailed note.
krzychu30 (15348) 2013-10-25 0:51
There are few memebers here on TE,who really know how to process pictures in B&W.And I´m glad to discover your gallery.
Beautiful landscape with really amazing looking cloud formations.That,together with the abandoned house create unique mood of the shot.
kabel (1615) 2014-06-27 8:22
Hello, interesting view of the ruins with the mysterious cloud band and the streaks of clouds in the upper sky. Good notes about the adventure you had. I have enjoyed viewing your themes and hope to see more of them.
Wanda1 (14980) 2014-07-31 6:52
Wow, the two different types of clouds are great in this scene. I like the old abandoned farm house which is placed off centre in your composition, and the whole image has a mystery mood which is enhanced by your use of black and white that I like.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (2842)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-07-06
- Categories: Nature, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Theme(s): Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-22 0:51