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When we sat at the airport in Reykjavik one week ago, I browsed through a nearby magazine about Greenland. One featured title caught my eye, ‘Greenland is place that was made so it could be photographed’. Although confident that there is more to mothers nature divine purpose, it becomes increasingly easy to agree with this bold yet undeniable statement. We weren’t properly dressed for an extended icy evening hike, but when the clouds parted during an afternoon stroll, we headed towards the small harbor outside of town to capture the sun kissed horizon. The light descends slowly this time of year, and it draws out that delicious moment when your eyes couldn’t possibly believe another hour of sunset glow. When it lingers, Justin can be found racing up a nearby mountain top or climbing downward to meet the waters edge to catch the perfect angle. Floating in my own reality, I hike, write, take photos and quietly watch the sea ice drift by.

As the sun descended, so did the temperature, and when Justin returned from his three hour photo trek, both our hands, feet and face were so cold that ice had frozen the wisps of hair escaping my beanie. This was a penetrating numbness that chilled so deep I wasn’t sure my legs had the strength to hike our way back into town. Despite the physical sensations, or lack there of, the wonder of this place continues to unfold upon endless discoveries of splendor. Falling from the sky and landing softly on our bodies and cameras were snowflakes of perfect construct, flawless intricate stars visible to the naked eye. Never before had we seen such glistening ice take shape into something so tangible as these snowflakes. Renewed with an elevated sense of admiration for the scene before us, we forced one foot in front of the other through deep snow and slippery patches and eventually found ourselves at the grocery store in search of dinner.  Discovering the time to be 10:30pm with nothing open except the movie rental store, salty potato chips and cup-of-noodle seemed as good as anything else after hours in a snowy paradise. Once thawed, sleep came easy and the days continue on this way, always holding a vast sense of unknown that melts into the willingness and determination to keep pressing on.

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  1. Thanks for finally talking about >fisherman for life | 70 Degrees West <Liked it!

    April 6, 2014
  2. wow what avery nice pictures they’re really beautiful.
    Very nice article.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    July 18, 2012
  3. Antartica is really a beautiful part of this world

    July 3, 2012
  4. What a beautiful photos!!

    July 1, 2012
  5. What a great journey do you have there!!!

    June 24, 2012
  6. Great Pics

    June 22, 2012
  7. Wow what a great jpourney do you have there. Amazing pictures. Good Luck there with the cold and everything

    June 18, 2012
  8. What a Great Pictures!!!

    June 13, 2012
  9. I want to go there with my camera!!!

    June 13, 2012
  10. That melting Ice pictures are breathe taking

    June 7, 2012
  11. I wish I can be there too

    June 7, 2012
  12. Amazing Pictures

    May 7, 2012
  13. Very nice work guys, look forward to keeping up with your trip. Take care out there :)

    May 1, 2012
  14. I love that photo with the boats! So beautiful.

    April 25, 2012
  15. Reblogged this on " Una Voz en el Silencio ".

    April 20, 2012
  16. That photo with the boats in the ice is amazing. The composition, the lighting and colour, Fantastic!

    April 19, 2012
  17. these pictures are amazing!!!! bravo

    April 19, 2012
  18. the first two shots are my favorites!! thanks for sharing…

    April 18, 2012
  19. #

    Très très belles photos.
    Chantal (France)

    April 18, 2012
  20. Positively LOVELY writing and photographs – thank you for sharing!

    April 17, 2012
  21. Some stunning photos .. have been looking at them for a good while .. the 2 top are my favorite – it’s so I can hear the silence and feel the cold. Thank you so much for sharing. Stunning.

    April 17, 2012
  22. Awesome photographs! I like all of them… I can say, it’s tough to compose photos where there’s ice or snow because the camera lenses are usually not capable to figure out the vision easily. Well done!

    April 17, 2012
  23. These are some incredible photos!!

    April 17, 2012
  24. the pics are absolutely stunning!!!!

    April 17, 2012
  25. incredible… n salute to u to reach over there……..

    April 17, 2012
  26. ohhhhhh!! so beautiful! Greenland looks like heaven on earth… and your pictures make it more so :) Just lovely!

    April 17, 2012
  27. imcopter #

    I like your pictures, amazing!!

    What the greenland?! I always stun by greenland and iceland!!

    April 17, 2012
  28. What a magical place! I really like some of the more whimsical of your shots.

    April 17, 2012
  29. Thanks for availing me such valuable & knowledgable kind of information.I go through your blog and found it fulfilling our needs,wants and demand

    April 17, 2012
  30. Reblogged this on losmambero.

    April 17, 2012
  31. Yikes! Glad to be in spring weather here in Virginia!

    April 16, 2012
  32. Thank you for letting us share your experience…absolutely breathtaking photographs xxx

    April 16, 2012
  33. lovely

    April 16, 2012
  34. That makes me want to be there and do what you do…wow. By the way, your hair is frozen. Is that normal? :P

    April 16, 2012
  35. You are SOO courageous to photograph in this weather. I commend you!!!! Your images are just beautiful!!!

    April 16, 2012
  36. bueno muy bacano

    April 16, 2012
  37. nice post !

    April 16, 2012
  38. Amazing photos, what an adventure! And congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

    April 16, 2012
  39. plainbagel #

    Beautiful! what camera do you use?

    April 16, 2012
  40. Incredible post.. lovely pics!! Keep it up!

    April 16, 2012
  41. beautiful and thanks for the great story, one of my dream destinations, your story took me there :-)

    April 16, 2012
  42. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing your travels with the rest of us!

    April 16, 2012
  43. Your photos pulled me in!

    April 16, 2012
  44. anditfeelslike #

    Nice photos!

    April 16, 2012
  45. Blake Andrew Wisz #


    April 16, 2012

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