posted by alias [email protected]@d on Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:52:35 AM
The beautiful mountain (Kirkjufell) along with the falls (Kirkjufellsfoss) are said to be one of Iceland's most photographed sights. When you’re there standing in front of it, it is easy to see why. I made the long drive to the Snaefellsnes peninsula (the journey across itself is really stunning) from Vik early in the morning reaching there mid afternoon. After checking in one of the hotels in the small town of Grundarfjörður, I decided to recce the mountain for possible vantage points to shoot. The intent was to shoot the sunset and stay in the evening for the anticipated high Kp aurora spectacle (cloud permitting). It was still 5 pm and I have 2 hours to go before sunset. Satisfied with what I think should be good locations to shoot from, I went to the car to catch a short nap -- only to be awoken by a noise of excited voices shortly. It was a group of merry photographers coming down a bus. There goes my plan…..I quickly got out and rushed to to “reserve” my prime real estate. Soon the whole place was swarming with people trying to shoot the scene from various points. I was too tired and just sat where it was vacant. My prime location was taken up so I dare not move for fear that the spot I was in will be gone too. Once in a while, someone got in front of my frame and I had to remind him. Graciously, he moved out of way. I spoke to some of them until it was close to sunset and that’s when the crazy clouds and light began to appear. In these situations, somebody see flashes of light in the sky – they don’t understand what they are looking at, they never seen it before – they shout - a UFO! Luckily, the lens-shaped figure is actually a lenticular cloud that commonly appear in mountainous places. Together with the light from sunset, they can be mistaken for UFOs or “visual cover” for UFOs that will manifest itself later. At the end of it all, there was no giant laser obliterating Kirkjufell and the surrounding regions. We still have “sugar-top’s” beauty against the background of the Atlantic ocean for nature lovers to view and behold, avid photographers to render and romantic souls to write wonderful poetic notes. For my wife who “was there” with me….
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