Beautiful Creatures No. 35: Icelandic Horses

Creatures, Nature, Reisen, Travel
Bildergebnis für Iceland pony
Bad hair day? Never heard of it.

Iceland Ponies…Time for a Declaration of Love.

They are real buddies and free spirits, who astonishingly seek and seem to enjoy the company of humans.

Loyal, friendly, affectionate, curious, smart, extraordinary relaxed and even-tempered, super-cute, strong personalities, cooperative and resilient….these are the characteristics which pop up immediately if people think of Islandic horses.

To put it in a nutshell – Islandic Horses are truely beautiful creatures!

Bildergebnis für Icelandic pony cuddling
Brin, A Sleeping Beauty
Only Islandic horses are capable to perform a 5th pace, called “TÖLT”. Due to the fact that always one foot is on ground, this pace results in a stable forward movement that is very comfortable for the Human.
Bildergebnis für Island ponies in winter
The Islandic Horses are living in herds in their natural habitat. During summertime they live independently in the uplands and in the wintertime in the valleys where they are additionally fed by their owners
Bildergebnis für Island ponies in winter
How are you, little one?
Bildergebnis für Icelandic horses at the black beach
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Bildergebnis für resting with icelandic horses
Resting with Sláni

Insight No. 113: “See Glaciers Melt Before Your Eyes” – by the scientists of EIS (extreme ice survey program)

Film, Insights, Nature, Oddities, Reisen, Technology, Travel

SEEING IS BELIEVING – Real-world evidence of the ongoing climate change…vanishing glaciers.

The EIS program monitors the vanishing ice in different world regions. The scientists and supporters are convinced that it is necessary to visualize the change in order to rise awareness and to persuade the people to take and demand action. Thus, the scientists have placed permanent cameras to videotape the changes.
Why do glaciers matter?
http://extremeicesurvey.org/why-do-glaciers-matter/

Earth Vision Institute, founded by James Balog

http://www.extremeicesurvey.org

Iceland / Svinafellsjökull Glacier

Tipp No. 91: “Mystic Landscapes on Iceland” – Fine Arts Photography by Mike Reyfman (Ukraine, now: USA)

arts, Kunst, Reisen, Travel

Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.

Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.

Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.

As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…

Mike Reyfman

ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN

Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.

He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.

Mike is the founder of WORLDPHOTOTRAVELS.COM which runs photography workshops around the globe.

His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.

In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.

“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.”
cit.: Mike Reyfman

For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:

http://www.mikereyfman.com/

Poem No. 59: “Fragile Things – Zerbrechliches” by Friða Ísberg (Iceland)

Gedichte, poems
Iceland, Black Beach

FRAGILE THINGS

wet paper
tangled in birch branches

inside the window, smoking,
a woman with red hair

says to herself:

they can’t hear me anymore

irises
slip into the white
like burst egg yolks

the living room is heavy

on the carpet,
fragile things, scattered,

soaked in bile

she wraps them
cautiously
in old newspapers

and shoves them back
down her throat

Translated from the Icelandic into English by Meg Matich

FRAGILE DINGE

Nasses Papier
verheddert in Birkenzweige

Drinnen das Fester, rauchend,
eine Frau mit rotem Haar

sagt zu sich selbst:

sie können mich nicht mehr hören

Schwertlilien
gleiten in das Weiß
wie geplatzte Eidotter

das Wohnzimmer ist groß/mächtig

auf dem Teppich,
zerbrechliche Sachen, verstreut,

durchtränkt mit Gallensaft

sie wickelt sie ein
vorsichtig
in alte Zeitungen

und schiebt sie zurück 
Ihre Kehle hinunter.

Translation from English to German by Weiss-Nix

ABOUT THE POET

Fríða Ísberg (1992) is an Icelandic poet and reviewer. Her first collection of poems, Slitförin (e. The Stretch Marks), was released by Partus Press in October, 2017. The collection was awarded the Icelandic Booksellers Choice Award for Poetry 2017, received the Grassroots Grant from the Icelandic Literature Center and was nominated for Fjöruverðlaunin, The Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize in 2018. She is a member of the Icelandic poetry collective Svikaskáld (e. The Imposter Poets) and writes occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement.

Poem No. 58: “Winter Thoughts – Wintergedanken” by Magnus Sigurdsson (Iceland)

Gedichte, poems

Winter Thoughts

What’s the winter for?
To remember love.
  — Theodore Roethke

  
The mountain
has turned grey,
and autumn winds
whip sharply
between buildings.

Yet I look forward
to the coming winter.

When rivers channel
through border ice
and voices carry
far away
in the stillness,

between
us,

in the months
with iron names
when words are
like cold steel,

and leave a metallic
taste between my teeth.

Tipp No. 96: Icelandic Fashion Designer Anita Hirlekar – “Explosion of Color & Texture”

arts, Insights, Kunst, Reisen, Travel

Since visiting Norway a few years ago, I knew that I must have some Scandinavian blood like friends & colleagues abroad supposed. My body design & features clearly indicates that my ancestors were not 100% Southern French-German. In Norway, I found my shopping paradise.

The swimmer-like width of my shoulders, my long arms & legs and female curves…no problem. Frankly speaking, my appearance is not cute at all (at least at first sight). I am a shield maid and a real woman – and not a kawai little girl. I spent some time in Asia, where I couldn´t find anything for my wardrobe.

By the way, later year I did one of these popular genetic tests and finally got the confirmation, in terms of genetic ethnicity I am a French-German-Scandinavian Mix plus a dash of Iberian. No wonder that Scandinavian fashion fits me well.

However, may I introduce ANITA HIRLEKAR`s beautiful work and philosophy to you?

Autumn n/ Winter Collection 2018
Autumn / Winter 2018
Autumn / Winter 2018

Autumn/Winter 2018 is a collection with a strong focus on textiles (print, felt, and embroidery) and the quality of hand work. It is about going to back to making things by hand to create something meaningful and special. All the fabrics was made by Anita in her textile studio in Akureyri Iceland. 

Pre-Fall 2018

Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use to color & texture. 

The prints are developed and hand painted by Anita using her embroidered pieces as inspiration. All fabrics vary in color & texture giving the garment a unique appearance. The collection consists of easy & elegant print dresses & separates. All the textiles and accessories are made in our studio in north of Iceland.

Autumn / Winter 2017
Autumn / Winter 2017

Feature on Vogue Italia

At the occasion of the Reykjavik Fashion Show 2017, Cit.: The RFF was closed by talented Aníta Hirlekar, the designer whose strongest point is her artisanal approach – recognizing (and preserving) the importance and uniqueness of handmade clothing. She sent down the runway tops and dresses with innovative and colorful textures, in perfect balance with the elegance of all the silhouettes

Spring / Summer 2016
Winter / Fall 2014
Winter / Fall 2014

ABOUT THE FASHION DESIGNER

ANITA HIRLEKAR is a womenswear label based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Established in 2014 the eponymous brand creates sophisticated and feminine designs with a playful touch.  

Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use of color & texture. The designs have a strong attention to innovative fabrications always focusing on longevity

The brands signature is to develop a vision that will reflect the uniqueness of the human touch, combining handcrafts with an high fashion sensibility. 

All the textiles are made & developed in our studio in north of Iceland.

Anita completed both BA in Fashion Design with Print in 2012 followed by the MA specializing in Fashion Textiles at Central Saint Martins collage of Art and Design in London.

Since graduating in 2014 Anita Hirlekar has received international acknowledgment. Anita´s unique vision of style & colors was recognized when she was chosen as one of four ones to watch designers at London fashion week SS 16. 

Her designs has been featured in numerous publications such as Elle USSelf Service & i-D magazine & worn by creative women such as the award winning director Rungano Nyoni at the BAFTAs 2018.

Tipp No. 95: “Taste Iceland – Caramelised Potatoes” (Recipe)

Food, Reisen, Tipps, Travel
Bildergebnis für Icelandic caramelized potatoes

Potatoes? Great to have something in common with the Icelandic people. An alternative method of preparation will certainly enrich our (German) cuisine.

Often simple dishes without any shindig are the best in my view. Therefore, let`s try Iceland-style potatoes that have been highly recommended by one of my colleagues who is visiting Iceland frequently.

He confirmed that they are an absolutely delicious side-dish, which compliment any roast meal. Traditionally, the potatoes are considered a particularly delightful addition to a shoulder of lamb and purple cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes removing any dirt, eyes, etc. Cut each in half, then cut each half into chunks.
  2. Bring a quart of water to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and place the potatoes in the pot. Cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender (able to poke a fork in it) but not mushy like you’re making mashed potatoes.
  3. Drain all the water off the potatoes, let them sit in the colander for about 5 minutes to dry out.
  4. Place the sugar on a frying pan and heat it up until it gets all melty. Stir in the butter or margarine when this happens.
  5. When this mixture reaches a rich golden colour, remove from the heat and carefully roll the potato pieces in it to fully coat them each in the caramel sauce.

“Góð matarlyst!” (Enjoy your meal!)

Bildergebnis für Icelandic caramelized potatoes

Tipp No. 94: “Bokeh” – Icelandic Si-Fi Drama Movie (2017)

Film, Tipps

BOKEH Trailer (2017) | Drama, Sci-Fi Movie

PLOT: After a flash of light shoots across the sky, a couple (Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary) on vacation in Iceland wake up to discover that everyone in the world is missing. Now, they must fight for survival while trying to make sense out of what happened.

What is “Bokeh”?

In photography, bokeh  is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focusparts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Examples…

Bildergebnis für bokah
Driving Bokeh
Bildergebnis für bokeh effekt
Bokeh as background effect / element