Postcards From Iceland, #16 – Green Hills

Postcards From Iceland, #16 – Green Hills

Dear Friend,

I loved this spot in the hills west of Reykjavik. Open skies and rolling green hills have always tugged at my soul. Why is that I wonder?

Maybe the open skies remind me that I’m free. Perhaps the hills interrupt the monotony of daily life, hinting at the undiscovered waiting behind each crest. Of course, green things always imbue me with hope – new life blooming, and all that.

When the grind has you down, look out a window. When you think you’ve done it all, remember the next hill. When the green grass is dead, remember that it returns every spring.

* This is the last post in the BLOG series. I had planned to do 52 weekly posts, but after 16 weeks people haven’t seemed to be that interested. No harm no foul, but these posts take a few hours to put together, so I will be retiring this project. All content will remain online, and I may even post a few more pictures for people to download. Thanks for indulging me!

#16 – Green Hills


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Ýr

(Ear)

Old Icelandic

Ýr er bendr bogi
ok brotgjarnt járn
ok fífu fárbauti.
arcus ynglingr.

English

Yew = bent bow
and brittle iron
and giant of the arrow.

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Postcards From Iceland, #15 – Angles and Contrast

Postcards From Iceland, #15 – Angles and Contrast

Dear Friend,

Two things in art, literature, and life, intrigue me: angles, and contrast. This picture my wife took of Hallgrímskirkja has both.

Angles and contrast annotate the world we live in. Consider the humble stop sign – it’s bright red and distinctly octagonal. Those two attributes tell us a lot, and we usually pay heed to its instruction.

I think we all need to pay more attention to angles and contrast. What’s his/her angle? How do they contrast with those who’ve come before, or those who may follow?

Angles and contrast – more important than you might think.

#15 – Angles & Contrast


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Lögr

(Low-gur)

Old Icelandic

Lögr er vellanda vatn
ok viðr ketill
ok glömmungr grund.
lacus lofðungr.

English

Water = eddying stream
and broad geysir
and land of the fish.


Icelandic Magical Staves

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Postcards From Iceland, #14 – Urulu North?

Postcards From Iceland, #14 – Urulu North?

Dear Friend, what a peculiar mound! For a brief second I thought I was staring at Ayer’s Rock in Australia – called Uluru by the Aboriginals. Is this Uluru North?

One commonality between Australia and Iceland, is the impact tourists are having on the land. Ayer’s rock will be off limits to climbers as of 2019, reflecting it’s sacred place in Aboriginal culture.

Iceland’s popular spots are not sacred, not in a religious sense, but are treasures that we must safeguard for future generations. This summer has been a particularly busy year for the Lögregla (police), ushering tourists out of forbidden areas or chasing stolen sheep (not kidding).

I want my grandchildren to be able to see what I have seen, though I know that it’s only a dream. What is, is not what will be.

#14 – Uluru North?


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Maðr

(Mah-thur)

Old Icelandic

Maðr er manns gaman
ok moldar auki
ok skipa skreytir.
homo mildingr.

English

Man = delight of man
and augmentation of the earth
and adorner of ships.


Behind the Scenes

I wanted this image to appear like a vintage image, so I bumped up the contrast and muted the colors. I also bumped up the exposure on the rock.

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