If you live in Newfoundland, you’ve probably taken your own striking iceberg pictures by now (despite the nonstop rain, drizzle and fog of the last week that’s made them difficult to see).
Ours are not at all striking from a photographic point of view, but I’ll post them here for those who don’t see icebergs everyday — for my readers in the rest of Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Romania and whever else you may be … we did go out to see the icebergs today, and got closer than we thought possible.
We went up to the Quidi Vidi Battery trail and saw a big iceberg, with fogbanks hovering around it, offshore:
In the sheltered cove below us, where the sun was briefly shining, there were also several small “bergy bits” that had broken off and were floating near the rocks.
The kids were very impressed with the icebergs: Emma kept running around on the rocks waving her arms and yelling, “This is what Newfoundland is all about! Icebergs, fog, wind — this is REALLY Newfoundland!!” And I guess she’s right.
The most exciting part of all was also the part where the camera batteries ran out, so I can’t show you what it was like, but we went down another trail that led very close to the cove pictured above, so we were actually quite close to the bergy bits. Jason climbed down even further on the rocks (further than I would allow the kids to go) and got us a chunk of ice that had broken up and gotten washed onto the rocks, so we got to suck on some genuine ancient arctic ice. We also brought it home to put in our freezer.
We couldn’t get pictures on the spot but we took the “licking the iceberg chunks” pictures when we got back home, which is sooooo much better because you can see all the dirty dishes on our counter. (Sabbath is a happy day — because I don’t wash dishes!!)
The Quidi Vidi trail, where we went to see the icebergs, is about a 10-minute drive from our house. Upon returning with our iceberg pieces, Emma declared it was the second-best trip we’d ever taken, next to Australia. It was certainly quicker and cheaper than Australia! And I guess there’s something to be said for appreciating the wonders close to home, especially if you happen to live on Iceberg Alley.
If you want to see some work by a friend of ours who is a real photographer and takes truly awesome pictures of icebergs in this area, go here (although I’m not sure if he has any posted of the current crop of bergs around St. John’s yet).