Quite a surreal scene like many
similar occasions in the Arctic, you stop and look around and
realise where you are. Large pieces of last years pack ice were
floating about, honeycombed and rotten from melting which didn't
stop one of the boats trying to pull up on it and get the
passengers out for a walk about until it showed how rotten it
was by splitting in two. Fortunately it was still very large and
no-one took a bath, but it served as a reminder as to how
unpredictable ice can be especially for the inexperienced.
A bright sky without direct
sunshine, but all the reflections from ice and water makes it
seem all the brighter.
Air temp: +4º C Latitude: 74º 02' N Longitude: 89º 52' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.