Diamonds on the souls of her shoes

As the Solheimajkull glacier breaks off into sparkling tourquoise and white ice scultures, they create a bay of ice water. This water carries the sculpted ice to the black sand beach known as the diamond beach. The beach is covered with these diamonds, not for sale or for the taking. They are melting, they are for your eyes only to be captured in that moment  not to be repeated. This is truely the most amazingly enchanting site I have ever seen. The word beautiful hardly covers it. As I was editing these images that Paul Simon song played in my head.

People say she’s crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that’s one way to lose these
Walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

All of the photos in this blog were taken in Iceland at the Jokulsarlon Diamond (Ice) Beach, by Diana Dunlap 2017

Icelandic Waterfalls

Magical Waterfalls of Iceland 

And above all, watch with glittering eye the
Whole world around you because the greatest
Secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely
Places. Those who don’t believe in magic will
Never find it.

–Ronald Dahl

 

This is a view from the back of a waterfall in Iceland. The energy here was crackling with negative ions like something I’ve never dreamed of seeing. Iceland has thousands of waterfall gracing its land. It’s truely a water world in all of its forms; glacial, geothermal, rain, rivers, mist,shoreline waves and Ice.

On Being a Lion

by Diana Dunlap

 When on safari last January we spent 3 days in a mobile tent camp, right in the middle of the plains where the lions lived, as well as Zebra, wildebeests and some Elephants. At night we could hear the distant roar of the lions, which was comforting rather than frightening. They were well fed and not interested in us.

For humanity the lion has been an icon for thousands of years, appearing in cultures across Asia, Africa and Europe. Despite the fact that this large cat is known for attacks on humans, it has always enjoyed a positive portrayal in various cultures as a strong and noble beast. And commonly referred to as the “king of beasts”, a symbol of royalty.

The lion was emblematic in Ancient Greece and Rome, symbolized as the constellation and zodiac sign Leo, and described in mythology, where its skin was borne by the hero Hercules, as a magical cloak. This may explain the primitive human behavior (that continues to this day) of taking a lion’s skin and head, as a status symbol for the one who killed the lion.

The qualities of Courage and Strength belong to the Lion. Roaring summons the power of the Sun. It is thought that the Lion can call down the thunder across the plains. The pride of lions is a family with strong bonds, protected by the male and nourished by the females.

Thought magic, thunder and lightening and the solar energy of Gold belong to the realm of the Lions.

What the Lion spirit brings with it, to teach us is self-control, mastery of emotions and staying centered in your core.

Be brave; know your own nobility and value in the world, and let it be known. There may a time that you will need to roar, go for it, and let your voice be heard!

The Magic of Machu Picchu

In Machu Picchu, prepare for the feeling of Awe and MagicThere are volumes written speculating the how and why of the architecture and the people who achieved this. But you have to see to believe. I encourage those of you reading this to put this on your travel list. This image is a composite of 2 photographs that I took while there in 2015. I hope this conveys some of the magic that lives there.