Iceland: Flora and Fauna
I’m a sucker for the animals and natural beauty, regularly stopping my hike or drive to carefully sneak up on critters in (hopefully) their natural settings for a candid shot. Flowers are another big draw…. As Yogananda, my spiritual teacher, said, “God smiles in the flowers.” I constantly see God’s joy in creation in the faces of the flowers.
Iceland has summer wildflowers but relatively few, being an arctic climate. The bloom season is also expectable short. In fact, there aren’t a lot of animal species in Iceland, either!
The sheep were common to see in the Westfjords but I’m sure they graze a lot everywhere. Sweaters for the future! I enjoy their pastoral imagery.
I enjoyed the Arctic grey fox that live in the nature preserve at Hornvik, on the very Northwestern tip of Iceland in the Westfjords. The only way to visit this extremely isolated area is to take a fishing boat “ferry” ride for 2 1/2 hours on the open sea, a beautiful ride. Since the fox are protected they are unafraid and come quite close. In fact, they are regularly looking for handouts!
Puffins on the cliffs of Làtrabjarg in the westfjords are a treat to experience in the summer months. The cool thing is that they are so approachable if you creep to the edge of the 1000′ cliff on your tummy and be patient.
Who can resist the cutest miniature-sized Icelandic ponies? Last November, with snow on the ground, one could walk up and pet them in the rural area out by Hofn on the South Coast. Like the Icelandic people, they are so friendly!
There were relatively few flowers to see, short-growing and beautiful. It’s all good….they still put a smile on my face.
The moss puts up bloom spikes, too! Luscious beauty everywhere.