Icelandic Churches

Crosses mark graves in the cemetery of the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) Church in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland. Beyond is the Oxara River (Axe River) and a long ridge of rock, part of the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian.

 
Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. The church towers above the city center on a hill in the center. It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940. Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea.

 
The late afternoon sun illuminates the Husavik Lutheran Church in Iceland. A landmark in Husavik, the church looks out across the harbor, welcoming the fishermen home. The state architect, Rognvaldur Olafsson, designed the church. It was built in the form of a cross with wood imported from Norway, and consecrated on June 2nd 1907.

 
A statue of Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson stands in front of Hallgrimskirkja, a church in Reykjavik, Iceland. Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He was the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus.

 

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Cascading Beauty Part 2

There are some many beautiful waterfalls around the world I could do 100 posts about them. I’ll calm myself and just post 2 so here is the second one full of amazing beauty!

Soda Dam, along New Mexico state road 4, is a large hot spring deposit, made mostly of calcium carbonate. The springs used to empty out onto the dam over the Jemez River, but most of the water now exits from the road cut across the road. The whole mound is calcium carbonate deposited over millions of years by the hot springs. The dam with its falls is a popular tourist spot along the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway.

 
Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon and one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. The Eagle Creek forest fire roared all around the falls in September 2017, but firefighters successfully fought to save the immediate area, including the historic lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
Selfoss is a waterfall on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the north of Iceland. The river drops over a number of waterfalls over about 30 km before flowing into Öxarfjörður, a bay of the Arctic Sea.The river originates as melt water from the glacier Vatnajökull and therefore the water flow varies depending on the season, the weather and volcanic activity.

 
The Godafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. After visiting some waterfalls when it was rainy and cloudy, we were lucky to visit Godafoss when the sun was shining. A rainbow adorned the already gorgeous waterfall.

 

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Cascading Beauty

Waterfalls are a magical experience! These exquisite natural phenomena are worth checking out or putting on your wall!

Located at the edge of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is a spectacular waterfall on the Snake River.

 
Stirling Falls is one of two permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori). Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

 
This is a view of Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point. The Yellowstone River flows north from Yellowstone Lake, leaving the Hayden Valley and plunging first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile (400 m) downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet (304 m) deep. The lower falls are 308 feet (94 m) high, or almost twice as high as Niagara, although not nearly as wide.

 
Kokee Stream drops 800 feet in two tiers, forming Waipo’o Falls, into Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, about ten miles (16 km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep, on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States.

 

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Majestic Waterfalls

Located at the edge of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is a spectacular waterfall on the Snake River. The City of Twin Falls owns and operates a park overlooking the waterfall. Formed by catastrophic outburst flooding during the Pleistocene ice age about 14,000 years ago, Shoshone Falls marks the historical upper limit of fish migration (including salmon) in the Snake River, and was an important fishing and trading place for Native Americans.

 
A Great Blue Heron waits for fish at the Watts Mill falls on Indian Creek in Kansas City, Missouri. The falls are in an idyllic park, where many birds find refuge from the busy city that surrounds it. The park was a campsite for people heading out on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.

 
Soda Dam, along New Mexico state road 4, is a large hot spring deposit, made mostly of calcium carbonate. The springs used to empty out onto the dam over the Jemez River, but most of the water now exits from the road cut across the road. The whole mound is calcium carbonate deposited over millions of years by the hot springs.

 
Kokee Stream drops 800 feet in two tiers, forming Waipo’o Falls, into Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

 

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A Taste Of Autumn Part 3

Autumn colors begin to touch the trees on this Kansas farm, echoing the red of this historic red barn. A windmill stands ready to pump water from the well.

 
Wheat fields stretch as far as the eye can see in Scott County, Kansas. On the horizon is irrigation equipment. Kansas is the largest wheat producer in the United States with North Dakota a close second.

 
Rows of maple trees in Autumn color flank the front lawn of the Harry S. Truman Farm Home, also known as the Solomon Young Farm, in Grandview, Missouri. Future U.S. president Harry S. Truman lived in the house from 1906 to 1917 and worked its acreage as a farmer from the ages of 22 to 33. The house is part of Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.

 
A weathered, abandoned house sits on a still-active farm in Rush County, Kansas, near the Santa Fe Trail. The Aermotor windmill pumps water for cattle. The first Aermotor was sold in 1888 and has become a quintessential image of the American West.

 
An old farm wagon rests in a Missouri hay field after fall harvest. A dead tree on the left looks as if it’s waving its branches like arms.

 
Sunshine brightens the landscape on this early November day on a Missouri farm. Some trees are still green, others are turning and some have lost all of their leaves. Birdhouses await new residents in the spring.

 
Katharine Lee Bates’ inspiring poem about this great country.

 

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A Taste Of Autumn Part 2

A sunflower stands against the backdrop of a red barn with an American flag. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

 
A storm rolls over a red barn in the Green Mountains of Vermont in Autumn.

 
This retro Coca Cola sign is quite a fun gem. Maybe you will find a refreshing drink inside on a warm fall day?

 
Sheep graze on the lawn at Middleton Place, a plantation on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. The plantation, a National Historic Landmark District, is now a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.

 

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A Taste Of Autumn

As autumn approaches, thoughts of hayrides, pumpkin picking, and foliage flow through my mind. It has a bit of a magical feeling to it and that was captured in these amazing photos of farm life.

A Vermont farmer harvests corn. Beyond his field, beautiful Autumn foliage adorns the hillside.

 
A pickup truck drives along the edge of a harvested field in the western Vermont countryside. Beyond are farm houses and in the distance are the Green Mountains. Trees are changing to their brilliant Autumn foliage. Clouds roll in before rain shower.

 
Dairy cattle graze in the corral outside of a red barn in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Brilliant Autumn foliage surrounds the farm, one of many charming farmsteads in New England.

 
The Z Bar, Spring Hill Farm, built in 1881, is now a part of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, north of Strong City, Kansas. The preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

 
A red barn, blue sky and green grass create a beautiful pastoral scene on a farm in Kansas. The branches of a red cedar hang in the foreground.

 
Three Black Baldy calves greet a visitor to their pasture in Texas. Black Baldy is a type of crossbred beef cattle produced by crossing Hereford cattle with a solid black breed, usually Aberdeen Angus.

 

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