Hello, Moto!

Monday, 15 December 2014

At last! A decent leather wallet to suit my needs, style, and budget.

Най-накрая! Свястно кожено портмоне, което да ми пасне на нуждите, стила и финансовите възможности.

Jump Up And Get Down

Sunday, 7 December 2014

sweater: Zara / leggings: Maison Martin Margiela with H&M / bag: Zara / booties: Burberry / bracelet: Whistles

Lava Lava In The Hole - Part IV

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

{part I} {part II} {part III}

21 September 2014

This morning, for a first time these past 5 weeks, I wake up well rested. And I feel absolutely, totally, completely content. Because, this time, I've made it right. I've lived in the present. Not 'one day', not 'some day', nor 'maybe next time'. This time, I screwed the 'what if's, made a decision, took the plunge and went chasing my dream. And it feels empowering. And refreshing.

To further the sweet sensation of well-being, we have our usual energy boosting cup of skyr for breakfast, and head to the picturesque Krafla area. An opaque-blue stream along the road and steam plumes coming out of the ground welcome us as we approach the active volcanic region. Then we notice the oddly shaped cooling towers of the Leirbotn power station and stop to take some pictures.

the cooling towers of Leirbotn geothermal power station

Misled by the luring autumnal sunrays, I walk out of the car without my jacket on. A gust of chilly wind freezes my body stiff almost on the instant. I can hardly control the camera dials, let alone enjoy the scenery, so I snap a couple of photos and rush back into the car.

pipelines, Krafla power plant

Road 863 takes us through a pipe gateway to the nearby hill, where we are supposed to leave the car and go for a walk through the fresh, still black and steaming Leirhnjúkur lava field. But, by the time we reach the designated car park, we have completely abandoned our intention to hike the area and make a U-turn instead. And on our way back, we spot this bizarre installation of a hot-water shower, standing there, next to the road.

an outdoor shower by the road

Next up on our to-do list is to return to the nearby Hverir to pick up exploring the area where we have left off the previous evening.

the Hverir geothermal area

In the daylight, the place appears a bit less surreal, yet we still find it quite striking.

bubbling poisonous ground

Hissing steam vents and boiling mud pots of various sizes adorn the otherworldly colored ground, and the smell of sulphur pervades the air. Unlike the icy winds at Krafla, here we have the perfect, calm and sunny weather and take our time to enjoy each and every peculiarity around.

high-pressure steam vent

parched sulphurous clay, abstract

mud pools

boiling mud

hot spring

The vivid colors spread also to the adjacent hill, Námafjall, where steam geysers dominate the landscape.

the Námafjall mountain

And beyond this hill, just by the Ring Road, lies the bluest, most beautiful blue on earth, or, at least, of all I've seen so far. It's an artificial milky-blue pond, remains of a former diatomite plant, where now the waste water from the Bjarnarflag geothermal station is dumped

artificial pond, Bjarnarflag power plant

We spend some time by the water, feasting our eyes on its incredible color, and then drive back to Reykjahlíð to have lunch and stock on some groceries before heading west.

Bat Women

Sunday, 23 November 2014

coat: Zara / top: Zara / cardigan: Sel by Peppercorn / skirt: Zara / boots: H&M / hat: Zara / ring: Zara


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Meet Kisa (Icelandic: kitty), the first of the PyroPet animal shaped candles with hidden skeletons, and my first ever window display design attempt.

Запознайте се с Kisa (исландски: котенце), първата от серията свещи във формата на животни с вградени скелети PyroPet, сега вече и в концептуален магазин Detailor, както и с първия ми опит за дизайн на витрина.

candles: PyroPet / window display: EdgyCuts

Hair Tucked

Sunday, 9 November 2014

sweater: French Connection / skirt: vintage / booties: Burberry / paper bag: Lexon Air

Matte Black

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Remember how big this H&M golden choker was back then in 2011? I, too, loved the design, but not the quality. Soon, the cheap metal tarnished terribly, but, as I love to repurpose and refurbish stuff, I decided to keep it, just in case I come up with an idea how to drag out any use left of it in the future. And, here it is, powder coated in matte black, all new and ready to be worn again.

coat: Hearts and Hands / top: Zara / jeans: Zara TRF (customized) / sneakers: Adidas /
paper bag: Lexon Air /
 frames: Vivienne Westwood / choker: H&M (customized)

Lava Lava In The Hole - Part III

Friday, 24 October 2014

{part I} {part II}

It's just an hour left before our takeoff to the Holuhraun eruption site. With the time pressing on, the intense feelings regain control over me. On one hand, the sweet excitement of the forthcoming long-awaited date with an erupting volcano doubles with every passing minute. On the other, despite having read tens of articles both about aerial and volcano photography, I feel anxious, unsure of whether we'd be able to take the pictures I so much crave for.

We have already realized the mistake we had made by renting a crop sensor body as our second camera for the job, that is why now we must be a lot more careful in considering our lens choice. But then, to begin with, comes the dilemma of wide-angle vs. telephoto as we can't estimate the size of this thing, nor the distance we'll be photographing it from. Next, we need to decide which lens to mount on which body, and then how to share out the photo gear between ourselves (remember we'll be flying in different planes?).

Incapable of making a well-reasoned judgement, we just stand there, at the airport, in the middle of the parking lot, desperately looking for some help. Until we spot the landing Cessna. And then, the hefty cameras hanging on the necks of two men who's just stepped off it with big grins on their faces. Gotcha! What's more, it turns out one of these friendly guys is not just some pro photographer, but one of the Canon's Explorers of Light, Ken Sklute! Not only we get the chance to know what to expect of the flight and preview the eruption scene, but we also gain the much-needed technical know-how straight from the pros (Thank you, Ken, once again, for the insight and valuable tips)! And in the midst of the nice chat we've started, it finally occurs to us. The single seat in these Cessna 206 aircraft we're going to fly with is the one beside the pilot, i.e. the place with the best view, and both of us get it! Everything happens for a reason, doesn't it?

6 p.m. It's time to take off, at last. And after 20 minutes of cruising over a bleak volcanic landscape, we finally see the telltale giant white gas plume, a mixture of sulphur dioxide, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, rising from the eruptive site.

Holuhraun eruption, 20 September 2014
Holuhraun eruption, 20 September 2014

When we fly past the crater row and I see these enormous, boiling, red-hot-lava-spewing pots, my jaw drops in astonishment. I find this mighty display of the Earth's fury so strikingly beautiful, I even cease to breathe for a moment.

the central and biggest crater, Baugur
the central and biggest crater, Baugur

What fascinates me the most, though, is the way the bursts of lava fountain into the air and then fall down as in a slow-motion projection. The molten rock ejected from the vent then lands on the crater cone as spatter, cools rapidly and builds it up. The largest and most active vent since the beginning of the eruption, Baugur, has already formed a crater taller than 50 m.

lava spew and spatter, abstract
lava spew and spatter, abstract

While I'm focused on taking the sharpest close-ups of the lava I can, my man, determined to present me the best pictures of the volcano possible, regardless of the space obstructions and the terrible visibility through the dull plastic plane windows, morphs into Barbapapa and starts shooting at all angles and directions, even through the front window. And so, the plane I'm on gets into his frame too (note that, because of the perspective, the crater on this photo appears much smaller in scale to the plane than it really is).

it's me in that Cessna, witnessing an erupting volcano - a dream come true
it's me in that Cessna, witnessing an erupting volcano - a dream come true

giant lava cake - the smaller Krakkinn crater
giant lava cake - the smaller Krakkinn crater

the inactive Suðri vent
the inactive Suðri vent

up to 40-meter-high fountains of molten rock burst into the air
up to 40-meter-high fountains of molten rock burst into the air

After 15 minutes of utmost excitement, we are brought back to earth, literally and figuratively. Overwhelmed by emotion, both of us feel exhausted and dizzy. We are quite disoriented too, and thus agree the best way to spend the evening is to further loose touch with reality and go visit the nearby Hverir geothermal area.

the Hverir geothermal area at sunset
the Hverir geothermal area at sunset

We walk around in a daze and snap some random shots till it gets dark. 

steaming fumarole
steaming fumarole

There's nothing else we can do on this day, but find some nice place to park the car and have a good night's sleep. Under the aurora :}

the auroral arc over Másvatn lake
the auroral arc over Másvatn lake


Saturday, 18 October 2014

sweater: Selected / leather track pants: Topshop / heels: Alexander Wang Lovisa / clutch: MMM with H&M /
hat: Zara / frames: Vivienne Westwood / bracelets: unknown

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