Photo blog: ice ice, baby - preparations for exploring Iceland

This summer, I’ll be doing research on the ecosystems of Northeast Iceland through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Every other Friday I’ll be bringing you pictures of my experiences and adventures. Since I won't be leaving until June 1, this week's entry includes pictures of my preparations and last few weeks at home. 

Scree shot by Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Screen shot by Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

 Pinned is Lake Myvatn, where I’ll be living, working, and exploring all summer.

Photo by Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo by Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Assuming the Internet in Northern Iceland still runs on dial-up and AOL-kids, it probably won’t allow for Netflix or any other streaming. The books I’ve decided to pack to replace time usually spent on Arrested Development, Game of Thrones and Homeland.gavel4

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

In addition to helping out the research team with its ongoing project, I will be conducting my own independent experiment. Pictured is some of the background research I’ve done to learn about Lake Myvatn and its surrounding ecosystems.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

In an email, my bosses noted that temperatures can range anywhere from 25 to 75 degrees. In other words, Iceland experiences heavy “weather”. I’ve had to prepare accordingly, packing everything from sweaters and winter coats to sandals and bathing suits.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

         The camera that will be documenting everything.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Since I will be in Iceland until the end of August, I have to savor my short time in Scranton. Here is a picture of downtown post-Office finale.

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Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

20 minutes outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania transforms into a rural, chicken-loving community.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

In addition to chickens, Pennsylvanians love county fairs. Mostly because of the deep fried Oreos and colored lights.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

This is a picture of my two friends after they saw The Big Wedding.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

I think this ferris wheel might be out of focus. I’m not really sure.

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Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

My friend Molly exercising her 2nd Amendment right to use a gun to win a giant stuffed pig.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Late night campfires.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Enjoying my last days in Pennsylvania with some early-evening kayaking with friends.

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Alex Krowiak/Gavel Media

My hound, King Louis XIV.

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