Saturday, October 13, 2012

Boiling mud

Lake Kleifarvatn rises and falls in connection with geological activity in the area. Earthquakes are frequent and sometimes they open up fissures that drain away some of the water. In the summer of 2011 the lake surface fell low enough to expose some bubbling mud pools in the lake bed. They were fascinating but difficult to photograph because of the steam. I did get a few good "freeze" shots of boiling mud/clay getting flung into the air:

The temperature must be fierce to cause this amount of bubbling:

I didn't notice it when I shot it, but when I uploaded the images from my camera to the computer and started looking at them, this hair-raising character appeared on the screen: