In Akureyri, the sculpture catches the sky.
Granted, the sky is falling, but still. In Reykjavik, however, the catchers are caught by the light. Granted, the light is an artifice, but still.
Somehow, it is the same impulse, one that Icelanders have been walking in circles around for 1100 years, as they try to figure it out. Out on Snæfellsnes, one just gives up and leaves it as an open gesture…
…while on Vesturgata in Reykjavik, one tries to shelter from the cold of that gesture and ignore the frostbite on the nose.
These are deep mysteries. One can only rejoice at the courage with which they are met!
Right. Reykjavik has cats. Read all about the dears here: A Cat Lover’s Guide to Reykjavik. 20,000 cats in the Capital Region. And 19,000 humans up North in Iceland’s other great city. A coincidence? I think not. I think the cats of Akureyri keep humans. They are super sneaky. Do you see a cat in the image below?
No? That’s because she was just happy to let you know that she was out in the blizzard, and you, well, you weren’t, were you. Sorry, Capital Regioners. A victory for Akureyri here, by the looks of it.
The camouflaged lens is a nice touch.
Those are street-wise birds, after all.
I think they’re baby trolls. Just practicing. Perhaps it’s a good idea to go there and pretend to be scared. Teach them a little wildness, maybe.
The dears have been following us for 30,000 years. It’s a love affair no likely to stop anytime soon. I’m sure glad!
Hellissandur Community Forest
Sure, looks like a kid’s swing, right? A bit wind-torn, but what the heck.
On closer look, though, it looks like it’s been updated for hanging dead sheep, or dead car engines. Hard to say which.
Everything in Iceland in useful in so many ways!
So much light!
Stykkisholmur, 2 pm, December 20
So little need for colour. None is wasted.