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Full Moon on Mars Land - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Two lunar calendar years ago, I was photographing the Mars-like geothermal field of Hverir in Iceland. As always, the sun was setting fast. Before long, my Assistante’s “courtesy” reminders started making appearance, entangled in the howling sound of the stinky air pushing through the crust of the earth.

“Many cars are leaving…”

Never been a good crowd-follower, I ignored the warning.

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“Only a few cars are left in the parking lot…”

Still ingrained in my creative photography, I decided to go against the grain.

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“Only one car is left”

His warnings were like those newsletters that I signed up a long time ago. They religiously show up in my inbox and most are not that interesting.

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My strategy seemed to have worked. I started enjoying the peace until he let out a big exclamation.

Thinking “Now what?”, I raised my head. A moon, a full moon just rose above the layer of cloud.

Grinning in my belly, I said to myself “we couldn’t have asked for a better place to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival”. And, I think I may keep my newsletters a bit longer. ;-)  

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Hverir-Moonrise-Namaskard-Geothermal-Iceland-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoy the view of the full moon whichever surface of the planet you may be on, except for the moon itself. :P

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Lost and Found in Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Traveling in Iceland reminds me a lot about life.  Not all that you've learned (or you think you know) is helpful in surviving the expansive land that throws what defines nature any moment of the trip.  It takes a lot of embracing the challenges and having faith.  

In a life where there may have been roads built and traveled by our
predecessors, the question of whether following the obvious path or to trek where it will be called a road by people after you remains relevant.  

At the highland area of
Kerlingarfjöll where the highest peak is at some 4,800 feet, I found these two doing exactly that - evaluating the options.  Eventually, they turned around and talked to us.  Nonetheless, I thought they provided perfect colors to this volcanic land.

If you happen to run into them in your summer wondering, would you please show them this post as I promised?  Thanks to Apple, all my contacts disappeared one day and I lost contact with them.  They are from Austria.  The lady speaks perfect English and the gentleman's name is George.

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The Land is Speaking - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Vegetation that grows/survives the Arctic environment makes for a unique crowd.  The rocky ground is characterized by permafrost, which is frozen year-round.  Only a thin layer of soil thaws and refreezes each year.  The resulting shallow root systems, along with low temperatures and short growing seasons, are not discouraging enough for these low and slow-growing plants (although, some are not technically plants, e.g., lichens).  

When I met these tough little beauties that had withstood the harsh elements and found themselves home in the (shallow) shelter from strong wind, I felt that they are speaking to me about their stories, the slow and long ones.

 

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