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Iceland and Waxes
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I've been working on more waxes this week, including one with a pyrited ammonite and one designed for a beautiful handmade Venetian glass bead.    It's almost time to take a break from carving and switch to polishing and doing the last metal work on the final pieces for Worldcon.

These are some more of my Iceland "snap shots". They are rapidly turning into "memory pictures", giving me flashbacks of the time and places.

This is one of the "steps" of Gullfoss.
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It's one of Iceland's many beautiful waterfalls. It's the very famous one that draws bus loads tourists. It is magnificent, but it truly is one among many incredible falls.

The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.
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This another late night sky in Reykjavik. I spent a lot of time hanging out the window at night. filling my eyes.

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These are lava mounds and ridges, formed by the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. They were shot from a path in Þingvellir. The Icelandic Parliament or Alþingi began there in 930 and remained there until 1798. The rift valley is striking in the contrasts between the huge ridges, sculpted mounds and the delicate vegetation.

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As I reread this I see that I am using words like magnificent, incredible, beautiful, and striking. They are all understatements.

Next photo blog will be images from Estonia.

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