Transmogrification in Nature: Weekly Photo Challenge


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016

The Great Geysir (originally just Geysir) is found in southwestern Iceland in the Haukadalur valley.

In recent years it has become infrequent in its eruptions so on my visit in 1990 it was Strokkur geyser situated 50 metres from the Great Geysir that I took these photos. It is the world’s most persistent geyser and erupts in a continuous cycle, transmogrifing from an empty hole in the ground, gradually being filled by an ever enlarging bubble of water until the bubble bursts and a stream of waters rises high around 40 – 50 metres, gradually clearing until again there is just a hole in the ground. This cycle is seen in the photos above. Firstly the vent is visible with just a little steam being seen coming from it.

The Great Geysir was first described in print in the 18th century but accounts date back to 1294. Geologically the sinter indicates activity of the geysir for 10,000 years. It is strongly related to earthquake activity with the spout increasing in height when there is more seismic activity. There has been a period of time when there have been no eruptions at all for several years. The height of its blows are reported at 170 metres in 1845.

Strokkur was first reported in 1789 when an earthquake opened a vent. It stopped its activity for awhile in the 1890’s but with renewed earthquake activity which either unblocked or opened a new conduit it recommenced it’s frequent activity and has been regularly performing ever since.

Many of the photographs seen on the internet are of Stokkur rather than the Great Geysir as they are labelled but I think this is understandable as when I went there I was told I was going to the Geysir. I thought that is what I was watching with awe as the bubble rose and burst. It was not until later that I discovered that the area is labelled Geysir and encompasses both the geysers and the hot springs.

In response to Weekly photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Transmogrification in Nature: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Wow! That’s really dramatic! Earth in flux, blowing off steam and settling down to a little hot water.
    Great series of photos, really shows all the action.

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    • Thanks. I was so stoked when I saw I had captured the bubble. It was taken on an old fashion film camera that you had no idea what you had managed to take what with shutter speed delay etc. More photos were discardable in those days but you couldn’t afford to take hundreds in the chance of getting one.

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  3. That is amazing! I’ve never seen the “bubble” captured. Loved this series (and so did my kids). Thanks for sharing this!

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    • Glad you and the family liked it. The bubble is more amazing as it was captured on an old camera with real film and I couldn’t afford to develop hundreds of photos in the effort to get the bubble. I was gobsmacked when I saw the series of photos when developed. Unexpected for me also.


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