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Eyeing Reykjavik with my camera

Perhaps it is the April snowfall this morning outside my office window - 10 inches is the average for April in Western New York - that sent me immediately to my collection of photos from a December visit to Iceland a couple years ago.

Hallgrimskirkja, a Luthern Church, in Reykjavik stands at 244 feet high - you can see it from any direction in the city - and is the largest church in the country of Iceland.

Its distinctive architectural style - Expressionist - came about in Europe during the early decades of the 20th century.

When I walked into the sanctuary on a sharp winter's afternoon, the organist was rehearsing for a service, and I was able to marvel at the acoustics while strolling the aisles. My regret is that I couldn't stay longer - I was on one of those whirlwind bus tours of the city centre - and soak in its magnificance.

Iceland is known for its sudden outbursts of ice pelting winds in the winter, and yet today, the weather is a balmy 50 degrees. Isn't that what spring is all about?

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