ancient ice increasingly encircles as we move silently with stealth into the ice fiord hesitantly making a zig-zag passage towards the unstable terminus of the glacier as it erodes into the ocean’s edge
increasingly smotheringly enclosed by walls of white and blue immense ridge-flanked jagged-backed menacingly still a maze through which the miniscule craft threads a passage towards the minotaur the glacier’s lowering face as it crumbles tumbles its fronting phalanx fragmenting with the occasional sudden grinding cracking turmoil of yet another frozen offshoot adding to the welter the crowded pack of new-born creatures as the ice mass breaks and calves to join the myriad of off-spring in the ice ocean
Summer is not rain Nor is rain summer But each needs the other Cannot be without both being
Just as winter requires the sun to shine and display its splendour to reflect its ice particles into the crystal diamonds of exuberant life So the rain complements the summer sun dampening its ardour allowing it to refresh and renew
Both asserting the exuberance of a Natural heritage wherein all is related to all and all is as it should be
In a previous blog, ‘Anthropomorphic Ice’ , I used the following two of my photographs from a visit, by cruise ship, to the southern and western shores of Greenland in 2008. These two photographs were of floating ice, one of which appeared to take the form of a polar bear floating on its back, and the other of a seal hitching a ride on a passing ice floe …
Icebergs can be seen in many of the world’s oceans, but the western reaches of the North Atlantic are perhaps where they are the most prolific. It is here, where the multitude of icebergs meet the major transatlantic shipping routes, that the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912.
I now include below a gallery of photographs, all of which I took on this same trip, along the south west coast of Greenland, travelling north as far as Greenland’s capital, Nuuk. All are of the extensive ice floes and icebergs which dot the seas around Greenland, after breaking away from the numerous glaciers which deposit their ice into these coastal waters . . .