In Iceland, the moss and lava go together like salt and pepper, like thunder and lightening, like ebony and ivory. They belong together like peanut butter and jam. Or like macaroni and cheese. Or maybe fish and chips. Not that I want to eat the lava and moss or anything. I must be hungry.
The moss grows like a thick cozy blanket on top of the rough lava fields – sometimes as thick as six inches deep in places. Maybe more! But I’ve been told that the moss is very fragile and we shouldn’t walk on it or lay down on it even it if does seem like it would make a nice blanket 🙂
A stark contrast to the flowing waterfalls and jagged, rocky cliffs, the moss feels like it could be a home for hobbits or the “hidden people” that some Icelanders believe in (or so they say – I’m not sure if anyone actually believes or not, but there are stories …)
On this volcanic island, it’s not too difficult to imagine mythical creatures coming to life.
In order to make this last close-up image of the moss, I used an Opteka 10x diopter on my 55-210mm lens. It’s a close-up filter that you screw on to the end of the lens and it allows you to focus closer turning a telephoto lens into a macro lens. Very handy!