Floating silently like a ghostly ship, this iceberg calved from a glacier stemming from an icefield in Greenland. Calm seas at a long, lingering sunset allowed our captain to circumnavigate this massive berg for over an hour for looks at every side of the behemoth.

Interestingly, icebergs are in the process of melting and refreezing all the time. Sides that are exposed to the sun have waterfalls coursing down their sides producing a stunning effect.

Up to 90% of icebergs’ mass is found below the surface of the water. As the exposed portion above the surface of the sea melts, the berg becomes unstable, rolling over in the process. Due to the sheer immensity of these icebergs, they roll and right themselves over and over again, each time becoming more rounded and less craggy as seawater sculpts the ice under the water.

This berg cruised around the frigid waters of Davis Strait in the Arctic. In time this berg’s progress would take it to the waters of the North Atlantic where it would eventually become a distant memory.

Canon 10D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 400

The waters of Davis Strait off Greenland.

July 22, 2006 at 10:14 pm

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Scott.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and great information. Just by looking at the water fall and sun, you could use it to know your direction.

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate you stopping by for a look.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AngieM
    AngieMover 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Angie. Glad you enjoyed this image.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Phill Danze
    Phill Danzeover 4 years ago

    Glad to see you back Whalegeek.

  • Hey, Phill. Happy New Year to you. Hope your year is filled with great photo ops in remarkable places as well as your own backyard.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Tim Scullion
    Tim Scullionover 4 years ago

    Great shot!! Have a great whale-watching New Year!!

  • Good hearing from you, Tim. Happy New Year to you, too. Hope it’s a good one.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome and terrific catpure. A welcome addition to the DSLR Users Group for the New Year.
    Happy New Year From all the Hosts.

  • Thank you for your kind, supportive comments, Don. Happy New Year to you, too.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

  • Thank you for this honor. Made my day!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • serendipity3
    serendipity3over 4 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful!!

  • Thank you VERY much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddover 4 years ago

    Congrats… Great Shot!!

  • Brian, thank you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 4 years ago

  • Richard, thank you so much for your day brightening comment!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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