I still feel as though I am waking from a dream. We have gone away and come back again. We sought beauty in a desolate and remote location and found it. Our first outing in Iceland was otherworldly. I can totally understand why people would question our desire to seek the carcass of a wrecked DC3. It sits derelict on a black beach far from anything. It's not for everyone, but we craved it and we found it.
The road to the wreckage was closed leaving us no option but to hike the roughly 3 miles out. There are no structures or plants to act as a windbreak. In my memory now, Solheimasandur only exists as windy. Maybe during other months it is serene and still.
It felt as if we had walked into a time before color existed. And then I started to find flowers. Small clumps hugging the ground. Yellow and pink blossoms nestled in bright green foliage. Amazing.
There were other people making their way to the plane but not many since the wreckage is not roadside and requires a certain amount of determination to get to. By the time we reached the the site, the others had left. There is really nothing to do but look at the plane and how long can you do that? We had the plane to ourselves for a bit and savored our short time.
One of my goals was to practice long exposure photography. Any photography was a challenge because of the wind but long exposure particularly so. Despite anchoring my tripod firmly in place, I was reminded for the umpteenth time that nature still beats man. The wind was relentless making a crisp image very difficult especially for a novice.
Camera settings were all manual. Focusing and placing filters was no easy feat due to the high winds. I didn't want to learn on the fly like this. I thought I'd already a lot of camera time logged in back home but instead I had focused on my running, not photography. I had to choose and time was short.
I'm happy with what I came away with. It's not perfect but it's mine. It was a step toward something good, something meaningful to me. There are so many photos on my card that I'll have to share a few from each day. Enjoy!