Heimaey Island, Westman Islands Group
The layers of volcanic “growth” are clearly seen along the black beaches of Heimaey Island.
Mother Earth is constantly giving life into new areas. In November of 1963, she gave birth with a colossal “bang” and puff of smoke to Surtsey – a modern day dragon that within a thousand days rose above the level of the sea. Now on the Unesco World Heritage List – it is prohibited to visit the island unless one is part of a scientific expedition. Surstey has been designated to serve as a petrie dish to how life starts fresh from the sea. The island can be seen in the distance from this shoreline – featured right of center in this image.