Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

I was there when the wall was up ... and down

5.22.18 BERLIN, GERMANY —  This is a self-portrait at the Berliner Dom at night, with Alexander Platz (tower thing) in the back. Camera set on my backpack - no tripod. I was here when it was the DDR in 1988 - I was very young and what i remember was…

Dusk at Kirkujefell, Iceland

Kirkujefell, Iceland, as night takes over, and the first stars sparkle. It was snowing and windy, and cloudy, just a few minutes before this was taken. We waited. Weather can change so quickly in Iceland. We had a good half hour of clear sky, and th…

Dancing light: Northern Iceland

Somewhere south of the northern-most city in Iceland, Myvarten lake takes visitors past small farms, rock formations and the famous Dimmu Borgir. The Dimmu Borgir are unusually shaped ancient lava fields that remind people of the ruins of an ancient…

The northern lights

Getting this shot was torture. Wind made it so cold we could not feel our fingers after three timed exposures. Karim stopped for me at this spot that he saw driving, and I went to test out what I've learned over the past 4 days, him showing me the r…

People of Iceland: The captain

HUSAVIK, ICELAND — Alfred Rafnsson has spent 40 years as a captain, on small fishing boats and trawlers, giant factory ships, and with the United Nations food and agriculture organization. When he retired, he taught navigation in Namibia, Africa, be…

Ice caving in Jokulsarlon Glacier

One of the largest free-standing glaciers is Jokulsarlon, in southern Iceland. Huge ice sheets moved through here in 1251 and carved out the landscape .... seemingly endless fields of ice and snow, with black rocks jutting up from underneath, and be…

Another world.

There are some places on earth that appear otherworldly. If you are silent and see, you can hear the echoes of lands we didn't know existed. These were taken within 30 feet of each other and within 20 minutes. How different. Eastern Iceland.…

Dancing northern lights

We stand on the side of the road in darkness, the Icelandic wind whirring in my hat and hood. It is dark, and before the guys saw aurora but now it is gone. There are some green hues behind the clouds that rolled in. We wait. Some moments later, som…