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.


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?

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


Rune Name


Old Icelandic

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


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.



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