Monday, 14 July 2014

Icebergs

One of my very favourite places to visit in this beautiful world is St Johns in Newfoundland. Unfortunately I can only visit every so often so I monitor the NTV web cams that show me what's going on in and around the city. Icebergs start drifting south from the Arctic region in spring, with most of them arriving in the cold waters near St Johns in April, May and June.

NTV Web cam shot. Spectacular iceberg grounded just outside St Johns Harbour in May, near Fort Amherst.  Only 1/8 of the iceberg is visible above the water, the other 7/8 is stuck on the ocean bed.  2014 was a bumper year for icebergs. Does this indicate Global Warming? Or as it is called now, Climate Change?
NTV Web cam shot. The same iceberg changed shape as it gradually started to break up a few days later. This iceberg stayed in position for at least 2 weeks before drifting out of view of the internet camera.
Photo borrowed from The Telegram, St Johns newspaper. Sorry, I don't know the photographer's name or I would give credit where credit is due. The same iceberg caught in the act of calving.... gradually disintegrating in the warm spring winds.
Last time I was visiting Newfoundland during iceberg season, the bergs were of the low flat variety, rather like gigantic ice floes. Perhaps next year I'll see these impressive towering icebergs in person!

10 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never seen an iceberg in person!

Rock Chef said...

Climate Change is a better description of what happens. Global Warming just has everyone thinking that we won't be as cold in the winter and will get nicer summers....

Great pictures too!

Anvilcloud said...

Wouldn't it be grand to see these in real life?

ann @ studiohyde said...

Wow! how incredible to see icebergs like that, just making their way past a persons door! I had never imagined that happening. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hilary said...

Oh my camera and I want to see these up close(ish)!

stardust said...

I’ve never seen iceberg in person, though in northern part of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk is covered with the floating ice. Suppose the size of the iceberg must be so huge seeing from the visible part. I wonder what sound is produced by such a large iceberg breaking. Look forward to your report of your experience next year.

Yoko

madretz said...

That's spectacular!! What a sight. Something I've never experienced...maybe someday if I'm very lucky! I've seen calving from glaciers in Alaska but this is a completely different sight to see for sure!

PS: the video is flipped. I don't know how to change it. I've developed some decent callouses on my fingers so it doesn't hurt anymore, yay. But they did for the first few months for sure. ouch!

Maggie May said...

That's incredible! Must be amazing to see them in real life.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Suldog said...

Wow. I had no idea icebergs were in those waters. Spectacular!

photowannabe said...

The only time I have seen icebergs was on a cruise to Alaska. They are a truly beautiful sight.
That is a huge one shown that is only an 1/8 visable.