Goðafoss: The Waterfalls of the Gods and Water Art

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Goðafoss, (“Godafoss” for ease of my typing!), or “Waterfall of the Gods“, is one of the must-see waterfalls in Iceland.  The Godafoss waterfalls are about 36 ft high (12 m) and are located at the Skjálfandafljót River.  It is located somewhere between the northern towns of Akureyri and Husavik.  More precisely, it is on the ring road going east from Akureryi, right after the road to Husavik branches off (route 85).  The story goes that a key Icelandic chieftain in the year 1,000 AD was trying to decide whether Icelanders would adopt Christianity.  After deciding in the affirmative, he returned home and threw his images of the pre-Christianity pagan gods into the waterfall and, hence, the name for the waterfalls.

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The waterfall from the highway

The water was gushing generously, as one would expect a proper waterfall would do.  Perhaps this time in June was still a time of heavy melt?

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Fast-flowing!

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Yours truly

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Looking from the waterfall back towards the road along one of the trails

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Majestic!

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The main part of the waterfall

Not only was the waterfall impressive but the flow over the one closest to me drew my eye as the following pictures attest… I need to figure out how to turn some of these into neat art pieces for my home!Godafoss, Iceland, waterfall, travel, photo, waterGodafoss, Iceland, waterfall, travel, photo, waterGodafoss, Iceland, waterfall, travel, photo, water

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The Walls of the Wadi Mujib

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The Wadi Mujib in Jordan is a fun place because you get to explore a gully (“wadi”) in which water is flowing.  The first part of the Wadi is maybe ankle deep or a little higher in some places so pretty easy and fun (though I kept worrying I would drop my camera in the water!).  It is also a refreshing way to spend part of the day as you are generally out of the sun and the water feels good!

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The entrance to the wadi

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My favorite part of exploring the Wadi Mujib is to see those colorful walls up close.  I walked with no rush and soaked in the view all around me.  For the more intrepid, go deeper into the canyon where a true adventure awaits (don’t bring your camera unless it is waterproof!).Wadi Mujib, Jordan, outdoors, adventure, fun, Middle East, colors, travel, photo, Olympus Wadi Mujib, Jordan, outdoors, adventure, fun, Middle East, colors, travel, photo, Olympus Wadi Mujib, Jordan, outdoors, adventure, fun, Middle East, colors, travel, photo, Olympus Wadi Mujib, Jordan, outdoors, adventure, fun, Middle East, colors, travel, photo, Olympus

And if you are tired of walking, just ride your way out!Wadi Mujib, Jordan, outdoors, adventure, fun, Middle East, travel, photo, Olympus

If you go to Jordan, don’t miss this neat outdoor experience!

Photo of the Week – The Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium is one of my favorite places to be like a tourist in Atlanta.  It is well done and even me, not quite nature boy, is fascinated by the marine life it holds and how it presents it.  The colors in this picture are some of my favorite in the whole aquarium.  If you come to Atlanta, stop by downtown and check it out!  I may also add that I really like the Chattanooga Aquarium.  Maybe y’all should do an “aquariums (or aquaria??) of the South” tour!

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