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Beautiful Icelandic Botany

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Today David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, and myself were at Þingvellir in south-western Iceland. In 930, the Norwegian settlers established a parliament at this site and now it is a stunning National Park. The area is full of faults and fissures as the North American and Eurasian plates pull away from each other by up to 18mm per year. We were lucky with the weather today and the autumn colours were looking wonderful in the sunshine.

Mountain avens (Dryas octopetela)
Mountain avens (Dryas octopetela)
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylus uva-ursi)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylus uva-ursi)
Autumn colours on birches and willows
Autumn colours on birches and willows

 

Butterworts (Pinguicula vulgaris)
Butterworts (Pinguicula vulgaris)