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Feb 282017
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Immersed with having so much to do, immersed in water, immersed in something in particular. Immersed ‘in the zone’.

Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall drops 60 m (197 ft) and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallaj√∂kull. You can walk behind it into a small cave. Of course that makes sense to do in an earthquake prone country, especially when it’s located near a volcano too. However, let’s put all those fears aside for now!

I often like to blur water to milkiness but my vision for this wasn’t that, it was to make the water look like curtains over the cave opening. What you can’t tell from the photo is the amount of spray coming in from the waterfall.

Before leaving for Iceland, I was totally immersed with so much to do! Absolutely flat out. The run up to Christmas, lots of activities with children, organising the completion of a big event for my PTA whilst I was away, as well as trying to plan for my 5 day trip to Iceland.

At the waterfall, I was totally immersed literally. Absolutely drenched. I had to keep wiping water off the lens and the camera.

I was also totally immersed mentally. Absolutely besotted. Trying to make this image to the point that I didn’t really know how long I was taking! I was immersed ‘in the zone’.

Again, this image has some symmetry, trying to find balance in my life from all the pulling priorities. Absorbing the mightiness of the waterfall.

At the end of the day my cameras were also immersed. Absolutely soaked. Immersed in a bag of rice overnight. Each was refreshed by the morning! And so was I.

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  6 Responses to “Immersed”

  1. Anita, I think this is unique. I have no words to describe my feelings when I viewed your immersion and even less when I read your words. Superb

  2. I absolutely get the feeling of the curtain and of you somehow hiding in there making this image.

    What I dont get is any sense of the practical side of the exercise – ie you and your camera getting soaking wet.

    And I love that. The vision is everything and how hard it was to find is nothing

    • Thanks Ian. Indeed two cameras not working at all by the end of it. So relieved they both started to function the next day.

  3. Terrific Anita, what power.

    Some years ago, when our daughter was 11, we walked the Milford Track. We were able to walk into and behind the Sutherland Falls. She and I walked in first, dressed in yellow waterproof coats, while Ron held our gear. The noise was deafening. We came out the same way we went in. When we got back to Ron she was so excited, and begged to “go again”. He took her in again and they emerged, after more time than I thought was desirable, on the far side of the waterfall. They forded the river and we walked back to the hut together. It is a memory we will never forget.

    Thank you for reminding me of something which was very special to us.

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