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.


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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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Postcards From Iceland, #13 – Channeling Ansel Adams

Postcards From Iceland, #13 – Channeling Ansel Adams

Dear Friend, I’m in awe of Ansel Adams’s work. He didn’t have digital cameras or computers to create his masterful photographs, instead, hard work and an indomitable will propelled him to create some of the most iconic landscape photographs in America.

His famous pictures took months to capture, and required him to scale mountain peaks in search of the perfect composition.

Thankfully, I was able to drive a car right up to Jökulsárlón Lagoon to take this picture, then used a very slick set of editing tools on my computer to try to emulate what Ansel Adams did in a darkroom.

It’s hard to take a bad photograph in Iceland!

#13 – Channeling Ansel Adams


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

Bjarkan

(Bee-ar-kan)

Old Icelandic

Bjarkan er laufgat lim
ok lítit tré
ok ungsamligr viðr.
abies buðlungr.

English

Birch = leafy twig
and little tree
and fresh young shrub.


Behind the Scenes

This was a pretty dramatic set of adjustments in Adobe Lightroom CC. Mainly I converted it to B&W, then added heavy gradient filters to the top and bottom. I’m no Ansel Adams but I was very pleased with the results. The picture was shot with a Canon SX540HS, ISO 80, 4.3mm Focal Length, using the built in 4.3mm – 215mm lens.

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Postcards From Iceland, #12 – Arctic Buttercups

Postcards From Iceland, #12 – Arctic Buttercups

Dear Friend, tiny, yellow flowers blooming at the base of a glacier is such a beautiful, comforting sign. I may have been shivering on that cool June afternoon, but the light of Iceland’s midnight sun suffused the entire scene with a subtle, almost divine energy. It’s no wonder my Germanic ancestors revered the sun as a goddess – Sunna. Much of the ancient world associated the sun with masculinity – the ancient Egyptians with Ra, the Greeks with Helios, pulling the sun in a chariot. I embrace Sunna’s feminine energy. Her warmth on cold days always seems more like a mother’s embrace to me. Hail, Sunna!

#12 – Arctic Buttercups


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

Týr

(Teer)

Old Icelandic

Týr er einhendr áss
ok ulfs leifar
ok hofa hilmir.
Mars tiggi.

English

Týr = god with one hand
and leavings of the wolf
and prince of temples.

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Postcards From Iceland, #7 – Crystal Clear

Postcards From Iceland, #7 – Crystal Clear

 

Dear friend, the real beauty of Iceland is in its transient nature. What we find so breathtaking, the towering waterfalls, the roaring rapids, and the calving glaciers, are the processes of change … of death.

That torrent of blue water in my picture is the lifeblood of an ancient glacier; a sentinel that’s stood witness to the rise of human civilization over the last 12,000 years. That realization left me a bit hollow, if I’m being honest.

Did I help hasten that great sentinel’s departure?

#7 – Crystal Clear

This week’s runs is a perfect fit: Hagall, or Hail. It symbolizes violent change. But that change brings both destruction and the possibility for creation.


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.

Thanks to The Omni Group (@OmniGroup) for providing me a copy of their latest version of Omnigraffle. I previously produced the complex graphics for this blog on my Mac, but am now able to do it on-the-go with my iOS device. There is nothing else like this on the market. https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/ios


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems

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

Hagall

Old Icelandic

Hagall er kaldakorn
ok krapadrífa
ok snáka sótt.
grando hildingr.

English

Hail = cold grain
and shower of sleet
and sickness of serpents.


Behind the Scenes

Crystal Clear was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus then processed through Adobe Lightroom CC. The main adjustments were to increase the vibrancy and saturation, and to get reduce the shadows on the mountainside. My original shot was underexposed, but what you see in the edited image better reflects what I saw.

Before:

After:

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Postcards From Iceland, #3 – Kissing Icebergs

Postcards From Iceland, #3 – Kissing Icebergs

Dear friend,

I was mesmerized watching the icebergs make their final journey to the sea from the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. It’s a humbling experience.

I suppose it puts all of life into perspective really; we are all of us on a journey somewhere. This iceberg, looking more like a pair of lovers kissing, reminded me of the most important journey of all — the one I share with my wife.

We are well on our way to the sea, like the icebergs, holding on to each other and watching the magic of the world unfold around us.

#3 – Kissing Icebergs

This is a series of pics about Iceland, so you should expect lots of pictures of ice 🙂


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

Þurs

(Thurs)

Old Icelandic

Þurs er kvenna kvöl
ok kletta búi
ok varðrúnar verr.
Saturnus þengill.

English

Giant = torture of women
and cliff-dweller
and husband of a giantess.


Icelandic Magical Staves

Symbol

Icelandic name

Manuscript Description

For luck in fishing.

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Postcards From Iceland, #2 – Life Is A Highway

Postcards From Iceland, #2 – Life Is A Highway

Dear friend, the dramatic is common place alongside Icelandic highways, so much so, it was hard for me to get anyplace without stopping to take pictures! Driving was my favorite activity in Iceland. Though the roads are narrow, the magical vistas make up for it, urging you to keep exploring the ring road. The North Sea / Atlantic was ever present on our right side, Peeking out from under brooding skies, myriad mountains and waterfalls beckoned to us from the left.

#2 – Life Is A Highway

You’ll see quite a few highway pictures in this 52 week series. I love the open road, and almost as much, I love pictures of the open road! The Icelandic ring-road is terribly narrow (1/2 the width of a typical Canadian highway) in most places, making for some hairy driving. Thankfully the natural beauty makes up for it.


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

Úr

(Oohr)

Old Icelandic

Úr er skýja grátr
ok skára þverrir
ok hirðis hatr.
umbre vísi

English

Shower = lamentation of the clouds
and ruin of the hay-harvest
and abomination of the shepherd.


Icelandic Magical Staves

Symbol

Icelandic name

Að unni

Manuscript Description

So a girl loves a man.


Behind the Scenes

I hope you are enjoying the photo. Many of the photos you’ll see in the coming weeks were shot with a Canon SX540HS but the Life is a Highway photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus then processed through Adobe Lightroom 5. The main adjustments were to increase the contrast and adjust the exposure, and of course, to crop it.

Uncropped, unaltered

After adjustments in Lightroom 5

 

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