I keep finding lovely fungi to photograph:
These doors were originally identical, but one has been spruced up and not the other. The house on the left has furthermore had the original coating replaced with a sparkling new one. These coatings can be seen on many houses in Reykjavík, especially ones built between about 1930 and 1960. The original coatings are mixture of fine gravel, obsidian chips and white quartz, but there is little, if any, obsidian in the new ones because the biggest obsidian mine in Iceland has been given protected status.
I have been using Instagram lately to post my photography, and have mostly been posting cell-phone photos and art there.
I decided to revive this blog by cross-posting my Instagram pictures here – at least the ones pertaining to Iceland, travel and photography. If you’re interested in art, I also post my drawings on Insta, but I’m not going to cross-post them here.
In the days to come I’m going to be posting some of my older Instagram photos here and when I catch up I will post them in both platforms at the same time.
And now, on to the signs:
Sheep are a special danger in the spring when they have just been released from their winter confinement but have not yet been taken into the highland pastures, and in the autumn when they have been brought down again but not yet housed for the winter, but you will see the occasional naughty ones throughout the summer. No fence seems capable of holding an Icelandic sheep that thinks the grass looks greener on the other side. They are unpredictable and if you see them on both sides of the road, slow down and use the horn. If they take no notice of you, passing is probably safe, but you may just see a lamb sprint across the road to join its mother.You may also see the corpses of cute little lambs by the side of the road. (I once nearly hit the remains of an ewe that had already been hit and had exploded all over the road – it was horrible).
The right thing to do if you do hit a sheep is to drive to the nearest farm and let the farmer know and offer to pay compensation, or if there is no farm nearby, call the police and let them know.
Slow down but do not use the horn, as horses spook easily. Stop for herds and wait for them to clear the road, or inch through them very slowly. If you hit a horse (or a cow or a reindeer) you must call the police to let them know.
|Location: Hvalfjörður (I think).|
Usually found in herds, sometimes walking in a line, nose to tail, and will generally not stop for anything.
Stop and let them pass.
|Location: Skagi, northern Iceland.|
May come singly, in pairs or in small herds. Unpredictable.
Wait for them to pass (using the horn will probably scatter them, but they might run back onto the road).
|Location: East Fjords.|
Will generally ignore you and do their own thing. Follow advice for cows.
|Location: Downtown Reykjavík.|
The sign you will not see, but should be there:
Dogs that chase cars. The best way to deal with them is to slow down and use the horn, or come to a gradual stop, open a window and shout at them. This will hopefully scare them from doing it again. On no account should you brake suddenly, as this can cause the tyre biters of the tribe to miscalculate their speed and get run over.
Ignore these warning signs at your own risk.
In a collision between a horse, cow or reindeer and a car neither can win.
If you hit any livestock you are liable to pay damages to the owner.
If you hit a lamb, a duck or a dog, you will feel like a murderer, and the larger animals can also damage your vehicle and injure you, so drive carefully.
I have been exploring photo-blogging on Instagram since the beginning of the year and have consequently neglected this blog. I decided not to link the two accounts because the stuff I’m posting there is somewhat different from what I have been posting here (more art, less photography), but if you want to see what I’ve been doing over there, please click here to check it out.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.
This is what the fireworks were like around midnight last night: