Coming back from vacation is never easy. There's too much laundry, food shopping, neglected mail and other sorts of drudgery that can handily swallow all your time for days and days. For these mundane reasons, and because we had some 1400 photos (love ya digital camera), it's taken a while to get to posting photos.
Well since I meant to hit "Save as Draft" but instead published that opening paragraph, without further ado, here are some scenes of Iceland, where it is easy to believe in magic:
A rocky and astounding shoreline.
There were lots, and lots of sheep everywhere.
A house buried under the ash and lava on Heimaey. One of the friends we were staying with grew up on this small island off the southern coast. He told us about delivering newspapers to houses that are now buried under lava, like this one. I remember seeing news coverage of this eruption in 1973 both because they were able to evacuate all 5000 residents, but also because of the engineering effort that went into cooling lava to keep the harbor from being blocked.
I could offer up more of a standard travelogue, but it's all just blather. If you get the chance, go see this country. It's wild and delicate, harsh and unbearably beautiful. I won't forget it anytime soon.
There's more on Flickr and more to come as I finish going through the massive number of pictures, but don't worry, I won't post all the photos from the trip!