Gossa is Icelandic for soda and also refers to a volcanic eruption and a geyser eruption.. The word is also related to our word Gush and is a relative of Geysir. Geysir is an Icelandic word meaning “Spouting”. Strokkur is the only regularly erupting Geyser in Iceland and can be seen at Geysir. Strokkur’s eruptions only last a second, but there is only 4 – 7 minutes between eruptions.
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This was an unusually long exposure of Strokkur. Half a second was the shutter speed at a subject I normally like to use a fast shutter with. This long exposure captured a blend of the blue bubble and the movement of the eruption. I usually capture the full eruption with a vertical frame and the bubble with a horizontal frame. As this was traveling upwards, I felt that a vertical frame was the best way to compose this geyser photo.
This is one of many shots I take on the ice beach. The formula is basic, but effective.
The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand. Small pools form after heavy rain or melting snow.
From this position, I had several challenges. It took 17 shots to get to this one and I already knew my composition!