Lava Fields in Iceland

Trees in a Lava Field
Trees in a Lava Field, Iceland, 2017

I was intrigued by the Lava Fields that I saw in Iceland last summer. A lava field, or lava bed, is a flat plain over which lava flowed and cooled. The ones that intrigued me the most were those that looked like rocks strewn at random. But what really caught my eye was how nature found a way to turn this area of desolation into a soft blanket of green. Lichens took over and attached themselves to the rock. Low shrubs invaded and even a clump of trees found a way to survive. The images I am sharing attempt to convey the beauty of these features. I hope you enjoy them.



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Lichen Blanketing a Lava Field
Lichen Blanketing a Lava Field, Iceland 2017
Green Shrub in a Lichen Covered Lava Field
Green Shrub in a Lichen Covered Lava Field, Iceland 2017

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