Norðurljós | Aurora Borealis

Haustið er komið með svalar og stjörnubjartar nætur. Norðurljósin lokkuðu mig út eitt kvöldið í vikunni og ef ég hefði ekki verið plöguð af kvefpest hefði ég sjálfsagt hangið úti hálfa nóttina til að njóta þeirra og stjarnanna – og þá kannski náð betri tökum á því að mynda dýrðina. En það er svo hollt að horfa til himins, fylgjast með stjörnuhrapi, minnast þess að allt er breytingum háð og mannskepnan í mörgu svo smá …

Autumn is here in Iceland with chilly, starry nights. I think I have mentioned my passion for sky gazing and that goes for the night sky too. The northern lights were really nice this week so I tried my luck with the camera. Although I suffered from a bad cold I sneaked out and enjoyed the show. And I guess I would have stayed up half the night just admiring the stars and the dance of the auroras if not for the flu. The moon also peeked out from behind Mt. Skarðsheiði (below) and made scenery even more magical.

Ljósmyndir teknar | Photo date: 12.09.2017

Horft til himins | Watching the sky

Undir regnboganumVel þekkt teikn á himni eins og regnbogi geta verið hreint ótrúlega töfrandi. Hér er Melaleiti undir heilum og nær því tvöföldum regnboga. En skuggarnir eru orðnir æði langir á þessum tíma árs. Myndirnar hér neðar eru líka tileinkaðar skýjaglápi: Írskrabyrgi eða Malarbyrgi við Gufuskála; Fagraskógarfjall séð af Mýrunum og örn á flugi á sömu slóðum. Kannski eru blikur á himni en örn og regnbogi hljóta að vita á eitthvað magnað.

Photo FridayThe rainbow was just magical the other night and a second one was almost visible too. Our farm Melaleiti is just under the rainbow and my shadow showing half the way towards the house. (Time aprox. 20:30 or around sunset). My sky gazing also brought on the photos below from Sæfellsnes and MýrarÍrskrabyrgi / Malarbyrgi – an old ruin at Gufuskálar; Mt. Fagraskógarfjall and a white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) hunting at Mýrar. Places full of stories. I bet that eagle could also tell some tales …

Ljósmyndir teknar | Photo date: 06.08 /.28.08.2017

Í grænni lautu | Geranium sylvaticum

Blágresið blómstrar þessa dagana og ég geri mér far um að svipast um eftir því í kringum 12. júlí. Í öðrum löndum má finna plöntuna undir nafninu Mayflower og Midsommarblomst en íslensk veðrátta býður ekki upp á þær nafngiftir.

The wild flowers in July. Blooming now is the lovely blágresiGeranium sylvaticum, woodland geranium, wood cranesbill, wild Icelandic geranium.

Ljósmynd tekin | Photo date: 09.07.2017

Jónsmessa | Happy Midsummer Night!

Jónsmessunóttin er framundan og það skortir ekki á vætuna fyrir þá sem hyggja á yfirnáttúrulegt bað í góðum grasbala – það hellirignir. En sólarlagsmyndin, sem var tekin í byrjun júní, er engu að síður til heiðurs nóttinni.

Midsummer Night: A sunset like this would have been nice tonight (it’s a photo I took earlier this month) but it’s raining and the winds are blowing and not making a walk in the magical Midsummer Night tempting at all. But I wish you all some bewitching moments of summer!

Ljósmynd tekin | Photo date: 04.06.2017

Himinn, maður, jörð | Earth, man and sky

Júní: Ég hef ekki gefið mér tíma til að fikta við myndir og fréttir um hríð. Það kemur. En er ekki júní indælastur allra mánuða? Jú, takk, meiri júní í allt.

June: I will NOT say it … I will not say that I have been to busy to post anything for a good while … OK, I said it! Any way. I love the spring. I love bright June: all the delicate colors of the sky and the bright green colors of the fields! Go enjoy summer!

Ljósmynd tekin | Photo date: 04.06.2017

Gjugg í borg | Peek-a-boo

Myndskreytingar: HönnunarMars, hin árlega hátíð hönnunar og lista í Reykjavík, verður haldin dagana 23. – 26. mars með fjölbreyttri dagskrá og viðburðum. Ég tek þátt í sýningu á myndlýsingum pólskra og íslenskra bókateiknara, á sýningunni „Gjugg í borg“ í Safnahúsinu við Hverfisgötu. Sýningin opnar 21. mars og stendur til 3. apríl.

Þátttakendur á sýningunni eru: Marta Ignerska, Monika Hanulak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Agata Dudek, Paweł Pawlak, Iwona Chmielewska, Marianna Oklejak, Piotr Socha, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ola Płocińska, Dawid Ryski, Robert Czajka, Edgar Bąk, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy, Emilia Dziubak, Marianna Sztyma, Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Ari Hlynur Guðmundsson Yates, Halldór Baldursson, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Linda Ólafsdóttir og Áslaug Jónsdóttir. Sýningarstjóri er Ewa Solarz.

Nánari upplýsingar um sýninguna má finna hér á heimasíðu Hönnunarmars og viðburðasíðu á Facebook.


IllustrationThe annual design festival DesignMarch in Reykjavík will be held from March 23. to 26. I will take a small part as one of the exhibitors of children’s books illustrations in the exhibition “Peekaboo” at the Culture House in Reykjavik.

The exhibition will tell the story of Polish and Icelandic illustrated children’s books by presenting the best works of illustrators from both countries. 16 Polish and 6 Icelandic authors will be featured. The event will be divided into two parts: an exhibition of illustrations and books, and a programme of workshops for children and illustrators.

The last decade has seen a revival of books for children in Poland. New publishing houses are constantly popping up and taking the risk of publishing contemporary and innovative books. And the world has taken note. Polish books regularly receive the Bologna Ragazzi Award – the most important international children’s book award. A similar development can be observed in Iceland’s children’s literature, where illustrated children’s books play a very important part. Iceland is fortunate to have committed, young illustrators, who are succeeding at recreating Icelandic children’s literature, which is the foundation of Icelandic literature as a whole. The Peekaboo Exhibition at the Culture House in Reykjavik showcases the most interesting children’s’ books illustrated by 16 Polish and 6 Icelandic artists. The books show the artists’ diversity and wit – the exhibition’s design allows children to explore the books’ characters. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture about contemporary Polish illustration, a meeting with some of the illustrators and a workshop programme for both Polish children living in Iceland and Icelandic children.

Participating artists: Marta Ignerska, Monika Hanulak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Agata Dudek, Paweł Pawlak, Iwona Chmielewska, Marianna Oklejak, Piotr Socha, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ola Płocińska, Dawid Ryski, Robert Czajka, Edgar Bąk, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy, Emilia Dziubak, Marianna Sztyma, Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Ari Hlynur Guðmundsson Yates, Halldór Baldursson, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Linda Ólafsdóttir and Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

Ewa Solarz is the curating the exhibition. The exhibition will run until 2nd of April.

– http://honnunarmars.is/work/peekaboo/

Links:
Peek-a-boo / DesignMarch
Facebook event
article in Polish: Iceland News.

Snjór | Snow

♦ Föstudagsmyndir: Snjókoman og fannfergið á suðvesturhorni landsins í lok febrúar sló met. Þegar við bættist blíðviðri dag eftir dag breyttust þessar annars oft umhleypingasömu vikur vetrarins í hreint undur. Ég fór með myndavélina í sveitina og horfði á snjó og ís í ýmsum myndum.

Click on the images to enlarge | Smellið á myndirnar til að stækka.

♦ Photo Friday: So we had snow! In Reykjavík and the southwest of Iceland it was record snowfall on the night of February 26th followed by beautiful sunny days. And the weather stayed great for weeks! The snow was soft and powdery for a long time. I went to the family farm and enjoyed the landscape of snow and ice.

Ljósmyndir teknar | Photo date: 04.-05.03.2017