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Icebergs of Newfoundland: Nature’s Sculptures

The Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland often becomes a wonderland of sculptural white and blue icebergs in the summer, as the temperatures warm and the icebergs break apart from their homes farther north.

Newfoundland iceberg

The sky dramatically frames this particularly dense iceberg. Pieces of this berg were periodically breaking off, so we weren’t allowed to go too close to it in our small boat. Our guide did reach into the water and take some cubes to chill his vodka, however. He said he likes the taste. Photo © Melanie Votaw

I visited the area off the coast of St. Anthony, which is near the northern tip of Newfoundland on the Great Northern Peninsula that reaches toward Labrador.

Newfoundland iceberg

The ice of some bergs gives them a striped appearance. Photo © Melanie Votaw

The small town of St. Anthony is home to people who are largely isolated and accustomed to frequently rough seas, frigid waters and a rugged lifestyle. I traveled by small plane from St. John’s Newfoundland and was probably the only tourist.

Newfoundland Iceberg

More stripes. Photo © Melanie Votaw

For a big city New Yorker, St. Anthony was a bit like stepping onto the set of that old TV show, “Northern Exposure.” But it was the icebergs that brought me there and captured my attention.

Newfoundland Iceberg

The shapes that nature creates can be truly spectacular. Photo © Melanie Votaw

Newfoundland Iceberg

A towering iceberg becomes a study of light and shadow. Photo © Melanie Votaw

Newfoundland Iceberg

Sometimes, the shapes are less angular. Photo © Melanie Votaw

Newfoundland Iceberg

The ocean truly does carve the ice like a sculptor. Photo © Melanie Votaw

Newfoundland Iceberg

An undulating iceberg becomes a perfect landing pad for gulls. Photo © Melanie Votaw

 

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