I mentioned previously that we recently traveled to Iceland. While there, we went on the Golden Circle tour. One of the stops is Haukadalur. This is where you can see geysers. I’ll show more of the geysers in another post. Today I want to talk about Strokkur. This geyser erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. So you would think getting a picture of it would be simple, right? Not for me.
My first mistake was assuming it would erupt like Old Faithful in Yellowstone, Wyoming. Old Faithful’s eruptions last anywhere from 1.5 minutes to five minutes. Plenty of time to snap a photo or two.
Standing with the crowds in Iceland I had the camera ready for Strokkur.
There I stood with my camera raised ready to go. But it didn’t happen right away. My arms got tired (I need to work out more) and I lowered the camera right when it erupted. Raising the camera up I snapped a photo, but missed the actual eruption. In the photo you can see the residual junk from the geyser.
We walked a little higher up and I decided to try my luck from afar. There she goes—wait, I have the camera pointed in the wrong direction.
Let’s try this again from up above. A little better.
Alright, before I rejoin the group on the van I want to get one photo from close up. Dang it!
I didn’t get it all. Oh well, time to go.
This happens all the time… just when you think something is not gonna happen.. it does… and when you think it’s gonna.. it doesn’t… the story of my life…
Glad I’m not alone. I thought the last one would be perfect, then I cut the dang top off. Grrrr…
It should be a nice experience to be there with a camera, I loved them all dear TBM, Thank you, love, nia
Thanks Nia. It was fun and I got a few chuckles from it.
Well, you got something there!!! Enough to impress me, at least 😉
Woohooo! That’s all that matters.
I always miss things like that too, but as I’ve never seen a geyser your photos could be how its supposed to look to me!
I think you would really like Iceland. And it’s not too far from here. The people are fab, but it is pricey there.
LoL TBM it happens . Dang it 😉
Love those shots anyhow !
I have a lot of dang it moments when I’m taking photos. Thanks Poppy!
ah yes, I remember doing exactly the same thing. I think my other half probably ended up setting the camera to high speed shooting in order to get a shot.
My better half was cold. It was really windy and frigid. We met in the gift shop when I finished. Have you posted photos on your blog?
Too funny! I feel your pain–had to visit Spouting Horn in Hawaii twice to get photos of the water shooting up. 🙂
Spouting Horn–must see that. And seriously, it was painful because I was acting like an idiot. No one else seemed to be struggling there.
I love Iceland! One of my favorite places!
It’s a wonderful place. We loved it!
Yes and I did the same circle tour. 🙂
I think it’s a must when you visit. if you don’t, they won’t let you leave.
A lot better than I could have managed. I’m hopeless at photographs!
I don’t think I’m that much better. I’m a point and shoot person, just have to learn to point in the right direction.
Well, I for one still think they are totally cool photos :).
Thanks Cindy. You may have to teach me a few tricks when you visit.
Ok, it’s a deal :).
You did well … thanks for sharing Iceland!
Beautiful pictures, TBM! I couldn’t tell that you missed the geyser erupting moment because the pictures look so wonderful. Your description of lowering the camera for a moment and then discovering that the geyser has suddenly erupted made me think of a cricket match. For the whole day almost nothing would have happened and we would take our eyes of the field for a moment and then suddenly the most important event of the day’s play would have happened and we would have missed it. Thanks to the big television screens on grounds these days, we can watch the replays, but it is never the same.
That used to happen to me when I watched the Red Sox playing. I would get distracted or I would run to the bathroom just to miss a grand slam or something. I totally understand. I still need to watch a cricket match live. That’s on my musts while I’m living here. I don’t understand it completely, but I want to learn.
Hope you get to watch a cricket match and enjoy the experience, TBM. It is very similar to baseball and as you enjoy baseball, it is not very difficult to follow. I wrote a small piece comparing baseball and cricket and tried to explore their similarities and differences. In case you are interested, I can send it to you.
I would love to read it!
I will send it to you soon, TBM 🙂
Pretty impressive nonetheless!
Thanks. It was fun to watch. Nature is fascinating up close and personal.
The last picture doesn’t show up for me! I think they are pretty cool pictures.. 🙂
I wonder why you can’t see the last one. I see it on my end (at least the bit I got) … I’m so sorry.
No worries! I think it is at my end. I am going to check it out in Chrome!
That would so be me, too! Waiting for the perfect shot is tiring to say the least. Great pictures !!!
I need to do some arm exercises. Could never be a professional photographer. So tiring!
I can’t believe how high the water gets! I think the photos are great – the people in the photo give a good since of proportion!
It does get high, really quickly and then it disappears and repeats every five minutes. Thanks.
the last one looks amazing
Thanks. It was cool to see it.
I think you did a great job! We waited and waited and waited to get the perfect shot at Strokkur. My friend got some amazing shots, but it took a good 30 minutes. Then finally I just took a video. And done.
Weren’t you amazed that there was no admission fee? If this was in the US…
I didn’t even think that there wasn’t an admission fee. I’m getting spoiled by free museums in London, I guess. I totally understand why it took 30 minutes to get the right shot. So frustrating. I should have taken a video. Next time 😉
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It looks like it was a fabulous trip and experience!
Isn’t that the way it usually goes when you really want that great shot?
yes, I’m sure if I didn’t really care about it, I would have twenty great photos of it. I was trying too hard, I think.
Still, a very good job. Nature is amazing and still, very much unpredictable! Thanks for sharing!
Nature amazes me every day and I love to experience new things. Thanks for stopping by!