In Love with Antarctic Blues

The Sami people, who live in the northern tips of Scandinavia and Russia, have as many as 1,000 words for “reindeer.”

If any human civilizations were ever established in Antarctica, they would easily have twice as many words to describe the blues in Antarctica. The blues intertwined with the grays, melting the clouds the snow and the waters together. Not so much a painting, more like the palette of a painter, the origin of creativity.

Ice, snow, water, sky…a million shades of blues embedded with life.

A never ending iceberg, bobbling ever so slightly on the surface of the south sea.

A glacier that was turned over at least once, creating what appears to be a smooth surface.

The light shines through as if it’s coming from the waters.

Where’s aqua in the blue spectrum…?

One of our multitalented guides, Brook, wrote a sensual poem that I thought really captured the spirit of the blues we saw throughout the trip.

Glacier Blue

Ceracs hang in indecision
Tempting ocean’s mouth
Teasing glacier’s tongue
Bergy bits in the making

Conception of blue

A blue that begins
With no reason to believe in ending
A blue to accompany symphonies
A blue that tangos
With twilight

Glacier blue rises
To meet the eye
Like high tide riding in on
The back of white thunder

This blue plays you a saxophone riff
This blue puts you
In a mood
That defies gravity

Stegasaurus ice spines
Murmur of distant past
Memories like fossilized shells
Imprint beneath this hue

Glacier blue
Tattoos itself with certainty
On the center of your soul
Immortalized in rapture

~ Brooke Edwards

If a glacier melts and no one is around to feel it, did it exist at all?

The penguins get to enjoy this iceberg all to themselves.

Last but not least…

Some surprises as the sun barely dips into the horizon.

Skewed or not? Like looking through a fisheye, can’t tell what’s a straight line.

This’ not strategically enhanced! It is what it was.

Would love to know the stories penguins tell about the colors in the skies.

Like the iceberg that only shows 10% of its mass above water, these photos are no where near the real thing!

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