On June 15th we were making our way back to Reykjavik from Akureyri [more on both towns to come];  at the halfway point we came across these great rock people. We knew we were halfway because the signs told us so…

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I’d asked Ragga about the rock people, and she said they were at the side of the road to make people aware of the small town of Hvammstangi, which was 6km down the road. We didn’t make it down to the town, (which is most densely populated area in the Húnaþing County, with population of about 580 people), so I guess the town will have to be on my list of things to see the next time I get to Iceland.

Anyways, a huge part of our excellent road trip was the boys; there wasn’t one time during the entire road trip that I wasn’t thankful that they were with us. They were funny, they were fun, and they were full of endless energy. Yup, you could say I miss them.

And while we, as adults, would look at the rock people, perhaps smile and say ‘how cute’ … the boys knew exactly what to do….

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

The most photographed waterfall in Iceland is the Gullfoss. The Gullfoss is one of the 3 major natural attractions in Icelands Golden Circle [the other 2 being the Great Geyser and Þingvellir National Park]

The Hvítá River, which flows underneath the Langjökull glacier, is fed by Langjökulls melting ice. Gullfoss, which spans the width of the Hvítá River, falls 32 meters in two stages and it’s water flows 133 kilometers into the Atlantic.

The Gullfoss is so powerful that you may wonder how its possible that it still stands as a natural beauty, as opposed to having corporate interests try to use it for power.

At one time there was thought to using Gullfoss for hydroelectricity, but due to lack of funds and some other issues, the falls were purchased by the government of Iceland and eventually conserved.

There is a second story about the conservation of the falls. It’s said that a landowner was going to sell the property, and his daughter Sigríður Tómasdottir threatened to throw herself into the falls if the land was sold. This prompted her father to back out of the deal and make the falls a reserve. True story or not, while at the falls you can see a memorial commemorating Sigríður Tómasdottir. [I like this story better!!].

[For some perspective on how large the falls are, check out the second photograph and see the guys on the rock formation tonthe left].

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

We drove through the Highlands of Iceland where the beautiful Mt. Herdubreid is located. It’s on the Oskjuleið Route is a 1682m high table mountain.

It is the national mountain of Iceland and often called the “Queen of Icelandic mountains” — it is beautiful and majestic…

These are the views of the “Queen” and its surrounding area, as well as an image of Egill Ar building a structure with rocks.

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Queen of the Islandic Mountains pinned on map

© 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

So … we are in the middle of nowhere … well, nowhere by my standards. Ragga slowly begins to pull over to the side of the road; I’m figuring there must be another excellent natural landscape ahead that she’d like me to see, and then I began to feel the car bumping along. A flat tire??…really??

Now, for those who know me, know that my ‘automobile’ education includes only that the gas station attendant checks the oil and tire pressure, and the garage down the road takes care of the rest. To say I’m a total dud when it comes to cars would be an understatement. I asked about BCAA [or rather, the Icelandic version] and Ragga just looked at me like I was from another planet — she rolled up her sleeves and grabbed the spare from the trunk.

We were seriously ‘out there’ and not many cars were passing by – all I could to help was give Ragga words of encouragement. After a lot of trying to get the jack to lift the car, she finally asked me for help — albeit only to let her know when a car was approaching so she could stop it and perhaps get some assistance.

She flagged down a couple from Belgium and the husband changed the tire. Egill Ar appeared to want to help, while Brynjar Leó and I felt it would be most useful if we just didn’t get in the way.

Ragga called her husband in Reykjavik who found a tire repair store in the next town where the owner would come down and open the shop and put on a new tire. The incredible part was that it was late Sunday afternoon – Iceland and Icelandic people just continued to amaze me with their hospitality and generosity.

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

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

Amore-Infinito Photography had the pleasure of photographing Angela and Ryans wedding in Calgary earlier this month.  Here is a sneak preview of a selection of images taken [more images will be added to our website, amore-infinito.com shortly].

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Reuben Krabbe

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Reuben Krabbe

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Adriana Durian photographer

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Reuben Krabbe

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography.

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography. Photographer Adriana Durian

Adriana Durian Photography had the pleasure of shooting Mike and Kayla’s engagement photos. We went to the breakwater and beach, thinking that we’d be able to make it out to Goldstream Park before sunset. Who knew the walk to the lighthouse at the breakwater was so far!! We decided to do a second shoot the next day, and went to the old train & buildings in Esquimalt, a park, and then headed out to Goldstream Park.

Mike and Kayla were great to photograph, lots of fun and lots of input. Their wedding will be in 2011, so maybe before the big day we’ll meet again for another shoot.

Enjoy…..

Reflecting

Reflecting

Kissing Hearts

Kissing Hearts

Balloon Dance

Balloon Dance

Balloons on the Run

Balloons on the Run

lighthouse

Lighthouse Hugs

Shadowed Love

Shadowed Love

On The Rocks

On The Rocks

Peaceful Moment

Peaceful Moment

Double Love

Double Love

Admiring...

Admiring...

Tunnel Love

Tunnel Love

Love at Goldstream

Love at Goldstream

Goldstream Bridge

Goldstream Bridge

Bubble on the Bridge

Bubbles on the Bridge

 

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love