Wreckage from the 1973 DC-3 on Sólheimasandur Beach plus a red coat and a rainbow
The Sólheimasandur plane wreck in Southern Iceland is a must-see destination for aviation geeks and photographers alike.
Moody clouds and rainbows add Icelandic atmosphere to the U.S. Navy Douglas Super DC-3
Located on the black sand of Sólheimasandur Beach, on the coast of Southern Iceland, the wreckage of the US Navy DC-3 plane is worth exploring.
The DC-3 fuselage adds an unexpected element to Iceland’s already dramatic landscape
The Sólheimasandur plane crash site is not morbid — all the crew members survived the crash landing which was caused due to extreme icing that forced an emergency landing on the black sand of Sólheimasandur beach.
Left: You can still faintly read the United States Navy on the fuselage Right: wires dangling from the cockpit
Rarely can you get this close to plane wreckage. You can even climb inside.
The Sólheimasandur plane wreck has been hit by graffiti artists. I don’t think the pink works.
According to Jórunn Sjöfn Guðlaugsdóttir, our photo guide in Iceland, the plane wreck site is much easier to reach since markers have been placed on the beach to guide tourists to the site. But you definitely need to be driving a 4×4 since the sand is soft in some parts.
It’s amazing that you can actually walk up to (and into) the DC-3 wreckage
the Sólheimasandur plane wreck site can be reached off the ring road. Between the Skógafoss waterfall and Vik. The GPS coordinates are 63.459523,-19.364618.
Sólheimasandur is a popular stop for aviation geeks and photographers visiting Iceland
Dramatic clouds, rainbows, and black sand at Sólheimasandur wreck site
Visiting the wreckage on Sólheimasandur Beach is a bit surreal. The plane feels like a leftover prop from a movie shoot.
Anastasia’s red coat adds a nice pop of color against the black sand of Sólheimasandur beach
Nordic Little Red Riding Hood
Exploring Iceland’s second-largest lava field, Eldhraun, was like being transported into some moody Nordic fairytale. Discovering and photographing Eldhraun was an unexpected joy in southern Iceland. I wouldn’t have found this highly photogenic area without the help of my photo guide, Jorunn of Iceland Photo Tours who took Anastasia and I here on the first day of our Two Day Photo Tour of The Glacial Lagoon.
Scenes from Eldraun: Woolly fringe moss grows thick as a futon over lava rock
Moss has grown thick as a mattress on the rocky craters of lava, which date back to an eruption from 1783-84, when Iceland was still part of the Danish Kingdom. The Eldhraun lava field covers about 218 square miles (565 square kilometers) of ground in southern Iceland.
Left: Anastasia exploring Eldhraun Right: a crevice in the Eldhraun lava field
Now there is plant life peeking through the woolly fringe moss (scientific name Racomitrium lanuginosum) adding unexpected pops of color to this already moody and magical landscape.
Yellow leaves in the wooly moss
With the skies shifting colors, I keep expecting to see Jon Snow, or at least a wildling or five.
Left: Ana wandering through Eldraun Right: Red rain coat in Iceland’s second largest lava field
Having Anastasia wear a red raincoat added some extra contrast and interest to the landscape and transformed her into a Nordic Little Red Riding Hood.
Plant life amidst the wooly moss of Eldhraun
The crew of the Apollo 11 (US astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) practiced before their moonlanding on this otherworldly landscape.
Searching for trolls in the Eldhraun
In 2014 a new eruption created the Holuhraun lava field, which is now the biggest in Iceland. It’s also located in the Icelandic Highlands.
The starkly beautiful moody landscape of Eldraun
Eldhraun means “fire lava.”
Red Rain Coat in the Eldraun Lava Field in Iceland
Colors in the Kantju Gorge in Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park at sunset
Almost as soon as I arrived in the Australian Outback at Longitude 131, it was time to head to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) to take the Mala Walk around the base of the sacred rock. We hiked around the base and explored a few caves and wound up in Kantju Gorge just in time to watch the sunset, when the color of the rock was most vivid and changed every few minutes.
#shotoniPhone6 Time-Lapse Video from Kantu Gorge, Uluru (aka Ayers Rock)
The crew from Longitude 131 met us in the gorge with small bites and beverages so we could enjoy a sundowner while watching the colors shift during sunset at Uluru.
The view from one of the aboriginal caves along the Mala Walk
The colors shifted every few minutes
Looking straight up at Australia’s biggest Rock Star
What Not to Do at Uluru: don’t walk on the rock
Although many tourists come to Ayers Rock intent on bragging rights about climbing it, it’s really not cool to do so. Uluru is considered sacred by it’s aboriginal owners, the Anangu. There are signs everywhere making it very clear that they would prefer you NOT climb the 1.6 kilometer path up the rock.
The steep climb is also very dangerous and several climbers have died. The Anangu people have been known to attend the funerals of climbers who have died. The narrow path is often closed due to high winds. If you want to see the view from the top, take a scenic helicopter tour instead.
I asked my husband to be a makeshift tripod when filming a cloud hyperlapse.
Pro tip: if you’re going to use your husband as your photo assistant and ask him to hold still while you shoot a hyperlapse on his iPhone 6, it’s best to get him a cocktail first.
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Some of the spectacular scenery along the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte Beach
If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Sydney, Australia, try walking along the coast from Bondi to Bronte Beach.
Bondi Beach waves video (shot on iPhone 6)
The easy 6 kilometer round trip walk runs along a well marked path and passes craggy cliffs, coves filled with surfers and sweeping crescents of sand where you can watch sunbathers and beach volleyball.
A tidal pool near Tamarama Beach
Left: the worn cliffs along the coastal walk Right: a seagull takes in views
Past Bondi is Tamarama Beach, also known as “Glamarama” due to the attractive locals who flock there to surf. It has strong riptides and isn’t ideal for swimmers. But it’s great if you want to watch the surfers chase some tasty waves.
A surfer starts his day at Tamarama Beach
Watching the surfers at Tamarama Beach
A surfer near Tamarama
There are also quite a few point along the rocky cliffs between Bondi Beach and Bronte beach to sit down and enjoy the scenery. Many a selfies has been taken here.
Some scenic points along the coast on the Bondi to Bronte walk
Several people seemed to enjoy finding a quiet spot on the cliffs to read, write, and take pictures.
I can think of worse places to journal
Brown rocks, waves and blue water make for an interesting layering of textures
The rocks and waves can be hypnotic to watch
The dramatic cliffs make this walk ideal to take photos
The scenery along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk is quite a stunning backdrop. There are a few staircases along the way, which make for good photos.
A touch of green along the coastal walk near Bronte Beach
The walk is easy, save for a few staircases. I’d suggest stopping by restaurant of the moment Bondi Hardware for a bite and a craft cocktail after taking this walk. They have far better food than Icebergs.
More info here: Bondi to Bronte
Cloudy morning view from the Park Hyatt Sydney, looking towards the Opera House
Traveling to Australia, where it’s currently the middle of winter, during what is one of the longest weeks of daylight in the USA is really strange. While Sydney’s weather is temperate year round, winter’s shorter days can be kind of cloudy and rainy. Much like Los Angeles (during a non-drought year), it’s pleasant, but not the stuff postcard views are made of.
The Park Hyatt Sydney has amazing views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. My room, an Opera King, had two small balconies overlooking the Opera House. I shot one time lapse from each of the room’s balconies.
Sydney Harbour awakens at Sunrise (iPhoneonly video)
The moody winter clouds made for some dramatic, if not particularly colorful skies. I love watching the color temperature shift as the sun rose. I also like how this video has the jogging path in the foreground for some additional interest on the ground. Both time lapse videos in this post were shot using the native camera on my iPhone 6.
I travel with a portable clamp called an In Your Face Viewbase which I use as tripod. It’s small enough that it fits into my bag or purse and is easy to travel with. It works as a tripod if you can clamp it to something.
Winter Sydney Sunrise overlooking the Opera House
The second morning there was a little more action on Sydney Harbour, so while the colors still don’t massively pop, the boats are fun to watch. I can’t resist shooting time lapse videos wherever I’m staying here. It’s so much fun watching Sydney Harbour come to life in the morning, even if the weather isn’t the greatest.
Enjoying a flat white on a winter morning at the Park Hyatt Sydney
My favorite Sydney time lapse video I’ve shot from this location was shot in October 2013, when the weather was better and my room was a floor lower. It’s located in this previous post.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000