Moss Grows Fluffy in the Land of the Trolls

RockyView_3768, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

At one point on my travels in Iceland, I went into an area I could only really describe as “hills of moss and trolls.” There were all of these little rocks with fluffy moss growing on top of them, like you see here, and then little plants growing out of the moss, and even pretty flowers growing out from the plants growing out of the moss. Iceland is a very unique landscape in this regard. It’s a natural habitat for trolls and small little things that go bump in the night. I have to wonder if Walt Disney was part Icelandic, or perhaps just visited the countryside on occasion, for I could really imagine somebody like Mickey Mouse being very much right at home in this sort of an environment. It’s just kind of like this, really, it does indeed look like what you see here.

As I was walking through the small “hills of moss and trolls” I thought about using my new Lensbaby lens and doing some really soft fluffy moss shots, like you see here. One of the problems with rocks in general is that…well they are one of those subjects that look really interesting in real life but then the pictures seldom live up to the “real life” view. They are, I guess, what you might call “difficult to photograph.” I think this is because, well, naturally people just aren’t all that interested in a pile of rocks. As biological creatures, we are more interested in food, so we tend to look at things like plants, flowers, etc. and other people. Rocks? Yeah, well they are down on the bottom of the list somewhere although, to be perfectly fair, they are probably above a few things like, say, wet paint, but they rank pretty low (for the most part) on the scale of things people adore looking at.

Now, trolls…trolls on the other hand…they rank right up there with foodstuff, people, and Playboy bunnies as “things of interest to most people.” Really, they do. (If you could even find one that is. A troll, I mean, not a Playboy bunny, although those are rumored to exist as well.) So, being an enterprising photographer that I am, I thought I would hang out by their home (the trolls, that is, not the bunnies) and try to, you know, try to catch them off guard. Maybe come in, have a spot of tea, take some snaps, you know that sort of a thing.

I’m sorry to say they are a bit shy and did not want to be photographed on this particular day. I did, however, manage to snap a few snapshots of their happy little homes and so you can see them here. I’m certain they make nice little condos under rocks just like these, up there in the land of the “hills of moss and trolls.” Of course, they probably don’t much care for all of the big, giant, human tourists, so I had to return from my trip in order to give them some peace and quiet. To let them rest up for a long winter nap. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get to go back and visit the “hills of moss and trolls” pop in and see them again someday. If I do get to go up that way again, I’m sure hoping they’ll let me take more pictures next time around.

Think they make a good cup of tea?

Until next time…


  1. Scriber's Web
    November 14, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    You lensbaby work is so exquisite! I don't produce anything like that. Awesome work.

  2. Carol
    November 14, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    Thanks! I really like the new Lensbaby. It's got a bit of a different look but it's very cool.

  3. Great Grandma Lin
    November 14, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    it is a gorgeous landscape for trolls. I didn't see any either but could imagine them frolicking around.

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