Saturday, July 12, 2008

My, What A Nice Berg You Have

We heard about the icebergs while up in Newfoundland, but many people said we'd be lucky to see any. We drove to Twillingate anyway, located in the Northern part of the island; or "The Rock" as some like to refer to it as.

Ed drove while I kept my eyes peeled for what we were told could be giant chunks of ice; ice that comes from Greenland, waaaaaay up there in the Arctic Circle! So we're driving along and all of a sudden, on the horizon, I saw this:

Yes, it was far away and yes, it looked small. But it was such a stark, bright white against the water and the mountains that it was like seeing a Ivory-billed Woodpecker, but because it was bigger and moving much slower, I got a good look. I think I actually shrieked at Ed.

I've seen glaciers up in Alaska, but I've never seen a huge, floating mass of pure ice. I zoomed in and this is what it looked like:

And then I zoomed even closer still, and got this shot:
Throughout the course of the afternoon, we saw many more icebergs (and one whale), big and small and Ed even scooped a chunk out of the water and crushed it up to put in our drink.

Read more about the icebergs in Newfoundland in this online
Coastal Living magazine article.

2 comments:

MeHereNow said...

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What an amazing sight!

I have to say I read your blog and often think you have the best way to view all the places you visit/work (!) but this shot actually made me wish I was with you!

Amazing zoom you have there too!!!

Gi-Gi Roxx said...

Ok, I wanna know what kind of camera you have that zooms in so well. Then I wanna say that I'm jealous. I've only seen ice like that in pictures or on TV. And finally... did ya happen to consider whale excrement when consuming those chunks of oceanic ice?

;o)