Photographer's Note

This iceberg sat at the foot of the Davidson Glacier. Shot was taken from a canoe, after a catamaran speedboat ride from Skagway to Glacier Point (near Haines), a crazy drive in a lifted bus with failing shocks on winding trails and a short treck through the bush. Certainly worth the trip... and then some.

Most icebergs are "born" as they fall off glaciers, a process called calving. The tonal variations that look so lovely in photos are created by the varying densities of the ice. White areas are porous, much like crusty snow, while the dark blue or green parts are ice that's been highly compressed over the centuries. The locals call "small" icebergs (less that 3m above the surface) "growlers" because they can be harder to see from large ships and sailors will hear a growling sound as they pass over them. Remember, 50-90% of a floating iceberg's mass is underwater. Travellers from New Zealand find this terminology very amusing (if you know one, ask why).

It was a beautiful day and everything seemed to be working with me to get this shot. Even our guide was incredibly patient in helping to position our canoe. That's the Chilkat Mountains you see in the background.

unsharp mask, adjust H/M/S, slight saturation adjustment, resize & sharpen in PSP9.

Additional small thrills at finally having created a preset shape out of my initials. WooHoo!

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