At the end of the winter, rising
oceanic swells and increasing temperatures cause the stable
winter sea-ice to break-up and begin to drift away from
where it formed.
This years fast-ice therefore becomes next years pack-ice
with a portion of it melting and disappearing completely.
Here a small inflatable zodiac-like craft is (not entirely
sensibly) negotiating quite close, but relatively light
pack-ice. One person drives the boat, while another sits on
the bow pushing the larger pieces of ice out of the way with
If the wind gets up and closes the ice, it could
well be goodbye to the boat and the people in it too.
Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
200mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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