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July 4, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY    "Delicate Ice"

The Diamond Beach, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in South Iceland is world famous for the icebergs shed by the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, but what happens when they are flushed out to sea by the tides? While many simply float away and melt, some are quickly broken up and pieces of them litter the black volcanic sand beach at the mouth of the Jokulsa river.

Large or small, chunky or fragile, these white 'gems' on black sand gave rise to the name Diamond Beach.

Canon 5D Mark IV, EF24-105 f4 lens at 45mm, exposure of 1/125 sec at f5.6, ISO 100, handheld.

May 29, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE    "Selfie Time"

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

As I described earlier as a 'Tourist Volcano', the easily accessible Fagradalsfjall Volcano is very popular with locals. Icelanders of all ages, shapes and sizes trek up the hill to witness the spectacle. Families spread out their food and have a picnic, pausing to watch each noisy eruption. And just about everyone takes a selfie or dozen!

Canon 5D Mark IV, EF24-105 f4 lens at 50mm, exposure of 1/60 sec at f6.3, ISO 200, handheld.

May 21, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY    "Tourist Volcano"

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

Iceland has a history of destructive volcanos, spewing ash and spouting all consuming lava. But in March, following almost a month of seismic activity, an eruptive fissure appeared that first oozed lava out of nine smaller cones but has since centralized in one large cone.

Thousand of Icelanders and tourists flock to an adjacent hillside to view this smaller, approachable volcano, hence the name "tourist volcano". Click on the thumbnail image for the full vertical image.

Canon 5D Mark IV, EF24-105 f4 lens at 45mm, exposure of 1/50 sec at f5.6, ISO 320, handheld.

April 5, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL    "Revisiting Film Days"

Masai Mara, Kenya

With the pandemic still raging, especially in Africa where vaccinations are just starting, wildlife safaris are just a hope for the future. With no new digital images to process I had the idea to scan old Kodachrome slides and found this gem taken on my first African safari, over 40 years ago.

Unknown Nikon film camera, probably shot with a 500mm f5.6 lens, on Kodachrome 64 film.

March 1, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH    "Details From Above"

Cook Inlet, Alaska

The view of the world from 5,000 feet is much different than from the ground.

While descending towards the Ted Stevens airport in Anchorage, my wintery Alaska Airlines flight over Cook Inlet crossed massive fields of ice chunks, all rounded by constant tidal movements. I'm sure those viewing from the Seward Highway didn't see any of these details.

Apple iPhone X at 6mm, exposure of 1/199 sec at f2.4, ISO 16, handheld.

January 20, 2021

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY    "Winter Visitors"

My Backyard, Alaska Range Mountains

Besides abundant crops of Lowbush Cranberries and Crow Berries in my backyard, Reindeer Lichen also flourish. As the name suggests, this lichen and others are the staple food of caribou.

So each winter, as caribou wander the neighborhood in search of food, they frequent my backyard. I interrupted this female and her calf for a minute as they cleared away the snow, and then let them and their friends get back to grazing. (Click on the image to see the full vertical image)

Canon R5, EF100-400 f4.5-5.6L II at 400mm, exposure of 1/320 sec at f5.6, ISO 12,800, handheld.

December 25, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY    "Blueberry Pancake Abstract Art"

My Kitchen Stove, Alaska Range Mountains

Winter in Interior Alaska isn’t the most conducive place for photography. Only 45 minutes of sunlight makes it through the gap in the mountains, and the temperature outside is nearly -30ºF. After enduring 44 winters here, I’m not that anxious to freeze my fingers anymore.

So this month’s image idea appeared in front of me as I was preparing breakfast…

Apple iPhoneX, lens at 4mm, exposure of 1/15 sec at f1.8, ISO 100, handheld

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