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Námaskarð, Mine Pass, one of Icelands geothermal lagoons, is located between Námafjall and Dalfjalland, east of Námafjall and is 410 meters (1300 feet) above sea level.

Námaskarð is known for its volcanic clusters of bubbling mud pots, [solfataras], and its fizzing jets of volcanic gasses and steam [fumaroles].

Arriving at Námaskarð, the first thing I noticed was the incredible colours and geothermal activity [‘cause at this point I hadn’t yet stepped out of the car]; once out of the car, the odor coming from the sulphurous fumes was “interesting”, but manageable [the odor will not become the next best Icelandic perfume scent].

Because of the deep red & orange colours, steam rising from the ground, bubbling mud pots, and strong sulphurous odors, some call Námaskarð the Gateway to Hell. I thought it was heavenly and was intrigued by all the geothermal activity and colours.

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© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

On the technical side, a sign at Námaskarð explains “Cold ground water seeps down to magna intrusions, where it is heated and transformed into steam, and then comes back to the surface. Along with the steam comes fumarole gas, which contains sulphur hydroxide which is responsible for the hot spring smell most people know. In hot spring areas, sulphur deposits are formed when fumarole gas mixes with air. Besides the sulphur deposits, a mixture of silica and gypsum forms around the fumaroles. In mud pots, fumarole gas rises through surface water, producing sulphuric acid, which makes the water acid. Rock and soil dissolve in this acid water, producing the mud which is typical of mud pots and their surroundings”.

I recently had the fortune to spend 2-weeks in Iceland. A very good friend of mine, Ragnhildur [Ragga] Adalsteinsdottir and her family welcomed me into their homes, and Ragga & her boys took me on a road trip around the country.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of the images taken during my Icelandic visit. Today, I start with images taken at the Goðafoss Waterfalls.

The Goðafoss  [waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði] is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Mývatn district of North-Central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

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Today, as I was sitting in front of the computer, the wind blew through the room and pulled me out into the wilderness … the wilderness of Goldstream Provincial Park. I live in a part of the world where the land is lush, green, and beautiful. As  life gets busier with commitments which need to be met,  it’s easy to speed by one of these special places and not take notice. But today I let the wind lead me, for a short time, away from editing and the business of doing business.

It was a good day…..

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

I had the privilege to photograph L’Arche Greater Vancouver’s 1st Annual The Art of Being Together fundraiser.

The L’Arche community strives to support and value each person’s spiritual journey. People with developmental disabilities and those who assist them live in a family-like surrounding where meaningful friendships, mutual respect and helping each other discover our gifts and abilities.

The day included the showing of juried works of art from the community at-large as well as artwork from the L’Arche community, a community art area where everyone was encouraged to participate in creating a painting, a silent auction; first-class entertainment, and incredible snacks. The day was most successful!

To learn more about L’Arche Greater Vancouver and how you can contribute to their Mission and success, please visit their website at http://larchevancouver.org or their blog http://larchevancouver.wordpress.com.

Volunteers in the Silent Auction area

Judging Art Works

The Voters Ballot Box

The afternoon's community art project.

The afternoon's community art project.

Excellent Entertainment

Excellent snacks for all...

Christiane McInnes, Fund Development Assistant with Director of Fund Development, Sig Stark

Artists and their works

Co-Winner of the Peoples Choice Award - "Hands" by Jason Husmillo

Co-winner of the Peoples Choice Award - "Butterfly" by Jenny Jia

All the Artistic Winners with their certificates.

I met up with Christine yesterday, for what she thought would be a quiet morning coffee. Before she could go, I brought out my camera equipment and the Orbis, and shoo’d her into a busy parking lot to give me some faces. And making faces is always funnier with the wide angle lens.

And finally, I threw in a ‘very’ hi-key shot….

I’ve been intrigued for some time by the Orbis; advertised as the Orbis Ring Flash, though it doesn’t have a flash, but rather is a donut shaped plasticie diffuser placed on your flash.

The Orbis arrived today, and fellow photographer Lane Chevrier graciously agreed to be my subject as I experimented with it. Photographing Lane is always a treat; I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who can produce as many expressions as he can. We decided to use a very wide angle lens, very close to his mug….

…the laugh meter definitely hit 10.

ps: ladies … he’s single….

Here are a few more portraits from the Self-Portrait shoot on December 12th.

It was hard not to spend a lot of time with Lyndsey, who is beautiful inside and out. Lyndsey was working in the gallery on the 12th, so in between people coming in for shots, we had a lot of fun shooting her. These are just 3 more of the shots we took; have several more that will be part of the Amore-Infinito “People of 2009” video to go up on the site shortly after the New Year.

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Keith was walking by the gallery when he noticed the flashes, so he popped in to see what was going on. We suggested that maybe he’d like some photo’s taken; and he jumped at the opportunity.

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