Almost everybody has heard about the Loch Ness Monster, whereas few has ever heard about the Baltic Monster.
Nevertheless, old salts have through the ages told stories about some unknown sailor having seen the Baltic Monster to the few chosen. I once had it told in a harbor pub, but no one including myself has ever believed it to be anything else than a drunken sailor’s tale.
However, as some of you may know, I like to walk along the beach, and these days we have quite some strange sights there. The rocks are glazed with ice and in between the rocks the pack ice has been pushed in and up to form the strangest figures imaginable. When being in such a strange and surreal scape alone, one has to take very much care not to be fooled by one’s imagination!
Well, I was walking along the beach when I heard a strange sound. I was there all by myself; it was even too cold to bring my dog. The sound was mournful and a little scary. When I came closer the sound grew in volume, but I still couldn’t see anything above the brink of ice. With the risk of becoming disabled, I climbed a big, ice-covered rock and noticed some splashes in the slush ice nearest to the ice edge.
And then, suddenly, this monster raised its ugly, ice-covered head while making the fiercest noise and splashing violently with its tail. Later, I thought that it must have been caught by a combination of the shallow waters and the ice here.
Being used to think about my camera first in any situation, I succeeded in making a couple of fast shots, all by a conditioned reflex. I then went down from the stone, up to my car and home in a record breaking time!
Being my friends in photography, I thought I would share it with you all here as the first.
Shot with a Canon EOS 500D with an 18 – 135 mm Canon zoom lens from the shores of the Baltic (and Danish) island of Bornholm.
Processed in Lightroom 3.2.