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temporarily taking leave of the mountains

The sky exhibited a special kind of light this morning and I was out before 11 o’clock to witness the rapid changes in colour and tone of pinks, oranges and blues.               Most of the afternoon was spent travelling east to Lake Myvatn, some 2.5 hours from Ólafsfjörður. The nearness of the mountains gave way …

Fish like tap water

What day is it? The main discernible differences between a weekday and a weekend are that there are fewer people in the supermarket on a weekend and the school buses don’t run. For me, more and more, the days are passing as the 26th of January gets closer and I must finish this project. Ultimately the constraints will help define …

Cartographies

I hear I am I receive what is. . . Listening No argument My body is sound Listening guides my body Sound is the fiber of my being and of all sentient beings without exception – Pauline Oliveros map making and marking To expand my local knowledge of  Ólafsfjörður, I have made some maps which I am asking people to …

Natural History

What is the natural history of Iceland? The fox is the only native animal to Iceland. The ducks are too heavy and yet the geese can fly. A polar bear is very rare but one was shot on Grimsey and taxidermised. The ravens are hungry at this time year. Some not-brown, not-black, not-grey birds died of starvation and washed up …

Of principals and poets

A day of interviews and increasing snow I got to see the excellent junior college and got to discuss art, education, mountains and other miscellaneous topics with principal Lara and poetry at the poetry museum with Toti. Additionally the library at Siglufjörður has excellent furniture and furnishings from the 1960s. It doubles as a kind of museum with stuffed birds, …