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About Diamond Beach
Jökulsárlón Glacier, Iceland.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in south-eastern Iceland. The lagoon’s water is still, bright blue, and dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. The glacial lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean. Through this waterway, large chunks of ice from the glacial lagoon, end up in the ocean. And after a few hours at sea, they wash ashore again on this black sand beach. I had never seen anything like this before. It is an unreal visual experience.
Some of these blocks of ice are simply massive. Some have amazing formations with countless possibilities for a strong image. It is tempting to get up close to them. But you need to be extremely cautious photographing them from up close. Many have just recently washed ashore. And the crashing waves make them very unsteady. They can easily tip over. They can crush you, seriously injure you, or possibly even kill you.
I vividly remember walking on this beach. It was 2.30am. And in Iceland the sun had just risen. There was not a soul around. Just myself, the gentle waves and a black sandy beach full of surreal massive blocks of ice.
I took many images that night and ended up selecting a few winners. “Diamond Beach” and “Ocean Diamond”; are both available in the online gallery. This splendid ice formation had washed ashore only minutes earlier. And no doubt it was gone again hours later.