The Youngest Land on Earth

My scanner is a time machine. It breathes new life into old slides and negatives, helping me revisit places I haven’t seen in decades. Like Iceland. I spent a few days there in the summer of ’73, long before it became a trendy destination for photographers on safari. The highlight of this visit was a day-trip to Heimaey, the largest island in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), a few miles off the south coast of Iceland. Part of this island was the youngest land on earth back then, still hot and steamy, spewed from Eldfell (“Fire Mountain”) earlier that same year.

The tour van took us to ground that was barely 6 months old. You could feel the heat of it  through the soles of your shoes. Seawater boiled in the aquifer below and escaped the ground in swirling clouds of steam.

More about my visit to Heimaey to follow….

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Tim Messick Photography • Graphics
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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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One Response to The Youngest Land on Earth

  1. drawandshoot says:

    An amazing photograph, Tim. Fascinating!

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