Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a sea-stack in Vatnsnes in northern Iceland. It’s quite a remarkable sight, and to catch it on dry land and be able to walk around it was a piece of good luck.

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Up close. It was next to impossible to get a shot of it that day without someone wandering into the shot.

—–oOo—– It looks like some prehistoric monster turned to stone, or perhaps like a monstrous warthog or a hornless rhino.

—–oOo—–Meet one of the inhabitants.

The birds that nest and perch on the stack are responsible for the splashes of white on it that gave rise to its name, which means White Robe in English.

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 I think I shall give this one the HDR treatment.

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Reynisfjara, day 2 (better weather and low tide)

Reynisfjara is a marvellous place to visit, not just because of the sea stacks, but also because it has some lovely columnar basalt formations, including inside the cave Hálsanefshellir. I went back there on my way back to Reykjavík because I had not been able to visit the cave the day before on account of the high tide and crashing waves. The waves were not much smaller than the previous day, but the weather was much better and the tide was out and the cave accessible.

What at first sight looked like a group of people standing in the mouth of the cave and chatting turned out to be a ceremony of some sort, probably a very simple, plain wedding. I didn’t want to intrude, but it was impossible to photograph the cave in relation to its surroundings without including the people:

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More views of the cave:

Rock worn down by the sea:

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More tomorrow.