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THE FLOATING DECK

Among my photographic archives I recently found a 14-year old slide that had always been among my favorites, and just recently I got around to scanning it. It depicts the cruise ship, Royal Viking Queen, shrouded by a thick blanket of fog in one of the magical fjords of Norway, its upper decks seemingly floating above the opaque layers of the fog. A tender that carries passengers from the anchored ship to a small dock is seen emerging from the fog soup. Carrying only about 220 passengers, “the Queen” was the most elegant small ship of its day, and I had been giving lectures on the cruise that commenced at Tower Bridge in London, crossed over the North Sea to Bergen and then meandered its way up to the North Cape. In the 'Land of the midnight sun,' I remember taking photographs on the deck at midnight on the day of the summer solstice (June 21). Indeed, this time of year the sun does not set, making a low dip and rising again. As the ship made its southward trajectory, it again visited a few fjords, and we eventually disembarked in Oslo, and flew back to the United States.

Geirangerfjord, seen in this photograph, was among the fjords the Queen visited on its southward itinerary. I understand the fjord is approximately 700 meters (over 2000 feet) in depth, one of the deepest among the myriad magical coves on the western coast of Norway. Like the other fjords, it was carved during the glaciation period, or ice age — spanning the period 1.3 million to 11,000 years ago. Large boulders pulled along by retreating glaciers created many of the deep valleys by abrasive action.

This will probably be the last photograph I will submit to TE for awhile, as I am about to begin a sojourn of twenty-four days on the Crystal Serenity, the most elegant of the mid-size ships in existence today. The Serenity consistently ranks as #1 on Condé Nast Traveler's annual list. I would like to bid my good friends at TE a very pleasant August. On the cruise I will meet José Pires (stego) when the cruise visits Barcelona, and several other TE-friends when the ship arrives in Istanbul.

Bulent

Nikon N90, Kodachrome 64, 70-210 Nikkor Zoom lens.

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