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Fratercula arctica

Látrabjarg puffin (Iceland)

Today’s photo comes from a day I will not soon forget. That day was a little over three months ago. I woke up in my rented camper van on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland (by myself with no humans within hundreds of kilometers) and proceeded on a wondrous drive that took me to this spot, known as Látrabjarg. Látrabjarg is the westernmost tip of Iceland, and a bird can fly there from Snæfellsnes in under half an hour, but, by car, it takes over six hours–six hours of amazing views and vistas I should add. And no people. Actually, it was more like ten hours as I couldn’t resist the hot springs and photo ops along the way.

Fratercula arctica is the scientific name for the Atlantic Puffin. This one is peering across the Denmark Strait at Greenland in the distance. Speaking of scientific names… A few weeks later I found myself in Uppsala, Sweden immersed in the history of the father of scientific naming, Carl Linnaeus.

Tommy Kahnle

Tommy Kahnle rookie season

The Yankees will likely finish August with the best record in baseball, in large part due to their bullpen and this guy who is having his best season with an ERA below 3, a WHIP below 1, and a WAR above 1 in over 60 games of work.

Today’s photo comes from Tommy Kahnle’s rookie season in Colorado over five years ago. I was on my way to Mexico when I stopped off in Denver for the evening. I’m heading back to Mexico in October.

Metal Monday

Let's Go Crazy!

@MetalMagicDK @besthairinmetal @irablack @DarkSkyChoir #brianallen

Slægt @ 2019 Metal Magic Festival

Olle of Slægt @ 2019 Metal Magic Festival

@MetalMagicDK #brutalAssault2019 #brutalassault #slaegt #Slægt

A week ago, this happened. In three weeks, it will happen again at the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic.

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Oskar Frederiksen and Anders Jørgensen

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Slægt @ 2019 Metal Magic Festival (Fredericia, Denmark)

Látrabjarg puffin

Látrabjarg puffin

Látrabjarg, Iceland is not easy to get to. The drive is beautiful, but the road is pretty bad, at times, and by the time I arrived I wasn’t feeling so hot. Winds were crazy strong, maybe varying between 20 and 50 MPH. Everyone wanted to see the puffins, and other birds, but it was very dangerous as the wind was blowing in the direction of blasting people off the cliff. To get anywhere near the edge you had to crawl on your hands and knees. Even then you couldn’t see any puffins, but you could see thousands of other birds.

Most people gave up on the puffins and headed back to their cars. I sat down on a spot no one was around and just soaked it all in for a while. Then this little guy or gal showed up. Not far from me, this puffin put on a show like a paid model. I have probably a hundred photos, each with a different pose.

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Látrabjarg bird life description

Happy birthday, Carlos Gonzalez!

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Carlos Gonzalez gets five from Colorado Rockies third base coach Stu Cole after hitting a home run off Jake Arrieta at Coors Field in 2014

@CarGo5 @CGonzalezHub

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