Friday, June 1, 2012

No Trolls in a Decimalized Landscape

Think of it this way: Iceland—from where I just returned—has a strange landscape, one that is both enchanting and alienating for someone that comes from a forested, lake-filled, and (largely) flat land like Minnesota (which is where I make my home). In Iceland, mountains rise out of moss-covered lava lands, birch trees are twisted by, first, too much darkness and then too much light into stunted caricatures of the tall, straight ones I’m familiar with, and the mists that drift around the glaciered peaks are met by clouds of steam that the volcanic earth exhales. Glacier and lava, mist and steam, and dark and light push against one another and Iceland is the result.

I'm seeking to get the rest of this piece published. When I do I will post a link to it here.

1 comment:

  1. This is what I love about traveling but unfortunately not all travelers get it. Carter looks around an apparently bleak and barren landscape and by simply by paying attention rather than driving through, makes a lot of interesting an thought provoking observations. Too many people miss this experience because they think of travel being about destinations rather than journeys. How many people do you know that go to amazing places and come back saying merely: "it was nice" or "I didn't like it".