© 2020 Malcolm Thornton
Icelandic Sheep are very common sight wandering the many pastures in Iceland. However, not as common, is the large horned Ram. I captured this image of a Ram nestled into the grass near an abandoned farmhouse on the Southern Coast of Iceland near Grindavik.
Strandarkirkja was originally built in the 12th century in the community of Selvogur. The origin of the church dates back one night when a group of sailors tried to navigate back to Iceland in a storm. The southern coast of Iceland is notorious for its hidden reefs and rough coast. The distressed sailors prayed to God for a safe return and vowed to build a church wherever they landed. When they ended their prayer an angel, seemingly made of light, appeared before their bow. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led the crew into a bay for safe landing. The sailors, making good on the promise, built a wooden church at the site and named it Strandarkirkja.
Kerið is one of most recognizable volcanic craters in Iceland. To give the image a little perspective, there is a person standing in the top right corner of the image. Its steep walls are approximately 55 meters (180 feet) deep. The caldera is 170 meters (560 feet) wide and 270 meters (890 feet) across. The small lake inside the caldera with a strikingly vivid aquamarine color which is due to minerals in the soil. This was once a typical cone-shaped volcano, but after an eruption some 3000 year ago, the top has collapsed into its empty magma chamber.