Updated: Feb 17
Many of us spend years "chasing the dream" in our 9 to 5 jobs. This was certainly the case for me but, after my retirement, I saw that life had more possibilities than previously imagined. As a lover of nature and owner of a small vacation rental in Pouch Cove, I often explore the outdoors, take photos, and share my experiences with guests in order to help them plan their vacation. Learn more about icebergs, see the '22 iceberg season predictions, follow the real time iceberg tracker, and have a look through my personal iceberg photo album. #iceberg
A trip to Newfoundland's east coast is made more complete when having the opportunity to view icebergs. Few of us realize that these magnificent ice sculptures are the result of compressed snow formed over a period of about 10,000 years and broken off from its parent source! Greenland's glaciers account for 90 percent of the icebergs that arrive on Newfoundland's coast. The remainder are derived from the Arctic. They travel slowly and take several years to reach Newfoundland waters. #icebergs, #newfoundland, #newfoundlandattractions, #nature
If planning a holiday to Newfoundland to see icebergs, it is best to book your trip between May and June. However, the number of icebergs in a given region can vary from year to year and, as with all natural phenomena, there cannot be any accurate predictions related to an iceberg's appearance, abundance, or durability. #newfoundland, #icebergs, #icebergtracking
No two icebergs are exactly alike and, due to ongoing melting and cracking, no iceberg is the same from day to day.
Environmental conditions, such as the early morning sun casting shadows or fog hanging over the surface of an iceberg, create unique opportunities for nature photographers. #naturephotography, #iceberg, #fog
Although icebergs are submerged in salt water, they are not salty because they have been formed from frozen snow, a fresh water source. #icebergphotography
The pure white color of icebergs becomes tainted due to debris deposits on their surface. Through their voyage, mechanical forces such as the impact of ocean waves cause them to become chiseled in appearance. Some icebergs will have blue-green fissure lines, called a "Melt Pond", the result of melting and refreezing of surface ice. #meltpond, #iceberg
In this photograph, you can see the cracking, melting, and discolored features of this iceberg. #iceberg
Photographing icebergs is quite popular among outdoor photographers. The experience of watching the ocean waves hitting an iceberg at high speed and spraying seawater high into the air a captivating sight. #naturephotography, #iceberg, #icebergs, #oceanspray, #outdoorphotography, #outdoor
When observing an iceberg, bear in mind that about 90 percent isn't visible from the surface, and the iceberg will be about 30% wider under water. The impact of ocean currents and the uneven distribution of weight are the main reasons that icebergs are physically unstable and can flip at any time. To avoid injury, it is best to watch them from a safe distance.
With time and the impacts of environmental and mechanical factors, icebergs start to degrade. As a result, they break apart and the smaller pieces get carried away.
Bergie bits are large fragments (about the size of a house) whereas growlers (such as pictured here) are much smaller. Icebergs continue to degrade along their course and, after a period of about one year, most no longer exist. #growler, #coast
I'm sure you will agree that iceberg tracking along Newfoundland's coastline is a rewarding experience. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?