The theme for this week’s Photo Challenge is layers, which made me think of the shore at Hellnar, near the tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland. The black basalt rocks are washed by the surf rolling in from the North Atlantic, exposing the layers created by many subsequent flows of lava from the Snaefell volcano. Constant pounding by the sea smooths the sharp edges, leaving ribbony waves of rock.
The cliffs and natural arch of Valasnös, at the eastern end of the bay, look particularly gnarled and twisted, with sharp shards and layers that catch the light and reflections from the water. Higher up, mosses and sea pinks take hold in tiny nooks and kittiwakes nest on narrow ledges. Out in the green water of the bay, sleek seals watch you watching them with their deep dark eyes.
The Weekly Photo Challenge can be found here.