Katla Geopark 1: Black Beaches, Waterfalls, and Glaciers, Iceland

A slight diversion today with special thanks to the Videographer Greg Gay. Our older daughter and her significant other went to Iceland late this summer. The video is from their trip. This is for Gert who also went to Iceland this summer. Enjoy the extraordinary waterfalls and scenery. 6:05 min.



This is a 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas board painted in 1977. On the Ottawa River there is a small mountain called Mount Martin. In the summertime we would cross the river to the Quebec side and spend many an hour on the beach. The water was so fresh you could drink it right out of the river. On occasion we would climb Mount Martin. On our way up we would often encounter brown bears, deer and moose. The wild blueberries were the draw. Mid-way to the top there was a level area deep in the woods. The sun hardly penetrated through the bush. There was certain quiet in this spot and it felt like a sanctuary.


Da Pino Piano Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Sahara Rose from iTunes

It was about this time of year, not so long ago, that we were in Moscow. The men are tall, lean and handsome and the women are also tall, lean and beautiful. The weather was awful for September. It rained a lot. Nevertheless, that didn’t deter us from appreciating the charm of that fine city. We found a restaurant not far from our apartment on Tverskaya Street near Pushkin Square. It was the Da Pino Restaurant and they had a piano man who was very good. The food was wonderful. This song is the result of an amusing incident at the Da Pino Restaurant. I had some fun with it. 1:20 min. 2 MB

Nana Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Monkey of Sousse in iTunes

There’s a chill in the air and as summer draws to a close we tend to look for an agreeable shelter to pass the cold winter days and nights. Nana thought she had it made but it didn’t last long. The whole in the roof was discovered and closed. She came back many times to see if conditions had changed. The whole was covered in metal and too difficult to penetrate. You can see how happy she was, that warm autumn day, thinking that she had found her winter hiding place. 1:31 min. 2 MB