Here is the nice Hjálparfoss waterfall in the Vikrar lava field in the north of Hekla volcano. What makes this waterfall beautiful is the basin they fall into, surrounder by basalt colums. In the foreground you can see blue lupines. Just a few metres downstream is the Búrfellsstöð hydroelectric power station, one of the most important of Iceland. As you can see I had poor light when I took this picture. The weather was awful that day. We had rain, sometimes heavy rain, at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal site and we just had a few dry minutes at this Hjálparfoss waterfall. Then the rain started again ...
When you visit countries like Iceland which are interesting because of their landscape, the bad weather can turns your day into a very bad day since you can't do anything ... But we had a nice surprise that day, the one you have only by chance. Because of the rain we were looking for a dry place to eat our picnic. But desptite the contacts of our guide, we couldn't find any place to eat. But we finally found one, as we were passing by the small village of Flúðir. The place was ... an ethiopian restaurant ! Yes, an ethiopian restaurant, the only one in Iceland, in a small lost village of Iceland ! There was nobody in the restaurant and the woman agreed to welcome us provided that we had a coffee in her restaurant. As she was making the coffee a traditional way, roasting the coffee beans on site, she told us her story, how she arrived in Reykjavik to meet her sister, how she found love in Iceland, how she settled in this small village of Flúðir to live with her husband and how difficult it was to integrate. She was a very touching woman and this was one of the most surprisong moment of our trip in Iceland !
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Oceania (4522) 2014-07-14 5:47
The flowers on the lakeside are so beautiful. The waterfalls in the distance soften the tone overall. The grey sky makes the picture very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing
rychem (19443) 2014-07-14 21:36
This waterfall is really impressive and I am surprised that lupins grow in these latitudes, very nice idea to take this photo with flowers in the FG
siudzi (32329) 2014-07-15 0:11
What a great story of that woman! Really interesting one which fits so nice to your post. This view is absolutely fantastic due to the unique cold tonality and lovely nature captured in the foreground. Smartly taken. TFS!
ahmet54 (3039) 2014-07-15 13:12
great composition. Although originally from Alaska, those Nootka lupines in the foreground are very common in Iceland. And indeed picturesque. I like also the basalt structure of the rocks. It's so typically Iceland.
Gigidusud (13281) 2014-07-16 8:12
Effectivement coté lumière tu n'as pas été gâté, mais le premier plan fleuris apporte une belle touche colorée. Superbe cette cascade dans le fond. Très jolie photo. Quand au récit il est trés passionnant comme d'habitude.
Merci pour le partage.
Herquin (7267) 2014-07-17 0:21
outre le fait d'avoir patienter dans l'attente d'une courte fenêtre météo quelque peu favorable résultant sur une prise de vue malgré tout agréable de cette chute d'eau , c'est surtout l'histoire ,de cette femme, qui est pour le moins surprenante et pour reprendre tes mots , émouvante .
C'est assurément un excellent souvenir de ton périple islandais . Comme quoi , il n'y a pas que la photo dans la vie .
HimalAnda (8550) 2014-07-25 1:01
Bien vu ce premier plan avec les lupins ! Cela apporte une touche de couleur mais également de la profondeur à l'image.
Comme à chaque fois, ta note est complète et intéressante.
- Copyright: Olivier THIERRY (chawax) (18463)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 DC Macro
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland / Islande 2013
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-14 5:43