Our world is amazingly diverse. There are billions of us, and we are all different in terms of personality and looks. The same can be said about the animals that share the earth with us. Although we know less about the ocean, it is evident that its diversity is not less than our knowledge would suggest and likely exceeds our imagination in many ways.
The sea and the beaches around Iceland are particularly beloved by us. On a good day, strolling along the beach and taking in what the sea has exposed till the next flood or brought to dry land is wonderful. The Westfjords’ shorelines are incredibly fascinating. Although there are beautiful sandy beaches like Rauðisandur, they are rocky. A world of wonder that is fascinating to explore and admire is hidden in these rocks and rock cracks.
And on occasion, the beach and the ocean give us priceless experiences that stay with us forever. Last autumn, while strolling along the Holt beach in Önundarfjörður, we came across this adorable newborn seal. In the pleasant weather, he was taking a break on the sand, and his mother was probably not far away.
Nature is so amazingly adaptable that occasionally flora and shellfish quickly colonize alien items in the sea. At the shore, there is a variety of seaweed in both color and shape. It stimulates the mind and imagination to watch it sway back and forth in the shallows. It is definitely a unique nourishment for the soul, as well as occasionally providing sustenance for the body. The umami taste of seaweed, sometimes referred to as the fifth taste, is thought to be pleasant. It is sometimes compared to a combination of beef, tomatoes, and the sea.
Here are a few photographs that we took while strolling along the nation’s coasts and where we pointed our camera downward. Each image has a link that will take you to a full-size slide show.