June 14, 2011


Photographer: Sue Strickland
Summary Author: Sue Strickland; Jim Foster

You don’t normally see a well-worn trail leading tourists to what seems like an unassuming rock ledge. This particular ledge is on the Seljalandsa River in southern Iceland. To be more specific, the ledge is behind the river, as shown in the bottom photo. One of the unique features of Seljalandsfoss, a beautiful nearly 200 ft (60 m) waterfall, is the footpath that allows visitors to walk behind the falling water. A lava field, the Hamragarðahraun, forms the caprock -- upper layer of the cliff. Tens of thousands of years ago, this scenic cliff was an elevated seacoast.

Photo details: (top) Camera Maker: Canon;Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi; Focal Length: 18mm; Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto); White Balance: Manual; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; (bottom same except) Exposure Time: 0.0006 s (1/1600); ISO equiv: 400.