After a rather strenuous half-hour hike uphill I reached the viewpoint of Litlanesfoss, greeted by a small snow-shower, accompanied by strong cold winds. I grabbed a few shots before heading back down again, my feet freezing as usual. The basalt columns surrounding the falls were spectacular, but the falls themselves were covered in snow, and would probably look better in summer!
On the way down I passed rocks and grasses covered in snow and ice and a patch of blue sky graced my presence briefly.
I drove back on the far side of the lake, as the weather seemed slightly clearer. It was a good choice, as the sun came out and there were some beautiful horses at the side of the road who came to say hello when I pulled up with my camera.
I drove on and found a well-timed parking spot with a fantastic sweeping view over the surrounding hills, with the sun now shining over me. The wind blew snow across the road behind me.
Eventually the cold pulled me away - my toes frozen and my fingers numb from the biting wind through my thin gloves (I'd left the thick ones at the b&b). I drove back home and recharged my batteries, skyped my husband and rehydrated before heading out for sunset. I'd left it a bit late and the sun was already low in the sky and was about to dip behind the hill on the opposite side of the lake. I found a small road with some horses nearby and turned in to enjoy the last of the sun. The horses were getting a bit playful and frisky in the distance. I wish I'd had a 300mm lens, as they were a little too far away.
I finally got the rented Zeiss out although the 21mm was a little wide for the view. I found a pretty stream that reflected the setting sun and the colourful clouds. As promised, the Zeiss produced great sunbursts as it set behind the clouds.
I drove back to town and caught the last of the light at the edge of the lake on the other side for a couple of long exposure shots at the village of Fellbaer, before heading to Salt Bistro for a delicious pizza!
And now I'm back at the b&b, waiting for the skies to clear and the promised northern lights to appear! I've found a website that tells me the aurora prediction over the next hour; it's currently at Kp 2, which may be enough to see in the north if the skies were clear, but they're not due to clear for another hour or two. Hopefully the aurora prediction will be up to Kp 3 by then and then I'll be out of here! For more info on how to capture the northern lights, please have a look at this other blog.
Here's the blog for Day 2a.