Friday, August 19, 2016

Some things you just can't make up: A North Dakota Mountain covered with Icelanders

Late last month, a new helper and I journeyed  to the tiny town of Mountain, North Dakota. We intended to photograph two busloads of tourists visiting from Iceland. We hoped they would smooch.

Our epic journey began in darkness -- at 3 o'clock in the morning. As the miles rolled by, we passed through a beautiful misty dawn that lifted to show us a veritable sea of brilliant sunflowers, standing corn and field after field of rye. Or maybe it was barley. I regret we didn't take the time to stop to figure it out but we were on a mission. We had a Smooch! shoot scheduled later that day. We were tired and determined to arrive on time. 

Seven+ hours and 422 miles later, we made it. Sadly, we found no mountain in Mountain. But we did meet the aforementioned Icelanders. Happily, they were in the mood to smooch too. 

I was drawn to this event by my wish to bring The Smooch! Project to Iceland next year. In Mountain, we succeeded in introducing the project to more than 40 people from that beautiful country. I'm hopeful their positive experience with us will help smooth the way for an Icelandic Smooch! journey in 2017. 

The final pics are being edited, destined for online public display very soon. If you would like to be among the first to learn when and where to view them, be sure to join the Smooch! email list. You'll find the sign-up button in the column on the right. 

You're also invited to find out why several hundred Icelanders (from throughout the US as well as internationally) arrive year after year in this tiny North Dakota town to attend the annual Icelandic Deuce of August Celebration. Enjoy!