Boston, Massachusetts Pt. 1

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New England Road Trip 2015: This was probably my favorite picture taken on the entire trip. Buddhist monks getting their picture taken in front of the Church of Christian Science’s Mother Church in Boston. We spent a day in Boston, a city I had always wanted to visit. It was foggy, making for some great shots of towers fading into the low clouds. We spend most of the day walking the Freedom Trail, a historical walking tour that starts downtown and leads you, via brick line in the sidewalk, past many significant historical spots, including Paul Revere’s House, and ends up at the USS Constitution, which was dry-docked for repairs while we were there (pictures of both in the next post).

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[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here to see all the posts from this New England road trip.]

ÍS: Lava Fields on the South Coast

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One of the crazy geological features that makes Iceland’s landscape so unique are the lava fields. You’ll find them around the many volcanoes, dormant and active, throughout Iceland. Most are covered in the moss that grows everywhere in Iceland.

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ÍS: Driving to Seyðisfjörður

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Seyðisfjörður is one of my favorite little towns in Iceland. Tucked into a cozy valley at the base of a fjord, this artsy community is full of color and quirk. The drive there from Egilsstaðir (a rather mundane city) has merit on its own. A drive up over a mountain provides spectacular views of Egilsstaðir (pictures 3-5), a mountain plateau covered in snow most of the year (above and below), a stunning waterfall (picture 6), and breathtaking views of Seyðisfjörður from above (last two photos).

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Click here for more pictures of East Iceland.]

ÍS: Wild Reindeer in Southeast Iceland

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iceland25 [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road.]

ÍS: Geothermal Wonders at Hverarondor Hverir

Hverarondor-Hverir4 Iceland’s environment is so unique in the world. A volcanic island so close to the Arctic Circle, it has some pretty extreme natural attractions. One site I’d never managed to see before my May Ring Road trip this year was Hverarondor Hverir. Hverir is a geothermal area with boiling mudpits and steaming fumaroles (essentially steam vents on the surface- click here to see video of this place).

 

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