Icebergs, those floating carvings that rival any great artist’s sculptures, are enthralling. Because they move, tip, constantly change and evolve, they seem to be living, “breathing” creations. They become even more precious when you realize that the shapes you see in them today could be totally different tomorrow. Not many masterpieces can claim that.
The other reason that I find icebergs so mesmerizing is that I believe they all might eventually disappear. Our planet is warming so fast that I sometimes wonder if far into the future there will be any cold places left. Glaciers, icebergs—winter itself, even—may become things we have to explain to our grandchildren, who will never be able to experience them in person.
American novelist Ernest Hemingway—famous for his short-sentence writing style—once compared his writing to an iceberg. Just as most of an iceberg remains largely unseen beneath the surface of the water, he believed that a writer should leave parts of a story unwritten. If the writer is writing truly enough, he felt that a reader would get a feeling for those left-out things as strongly as if the writer had stated them. “The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water,” he wrote.
Below, I’ve gathered together some images of icebergs from three places on the planet where you can still see them:
So, if you’re currently sweltering due to another hot summer, take a break with this short, visual journey through the ice. I hope you find something that’s not explicitly shown or stated in these images; a feeling, perhaps, that touches you—just below the surface.
Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,
A multiple award-winning author and writer specializing in nature-travel topics and environmental issues, Candice has traveled around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and from New Zealand to Scotland's far northern, remote regions. Her assignments have been equally diverse, from covering Alaska’s Yukon Quest dogsled race to writing a history of the Galapagos Islands to describing and photographing the national snow-sculpting competition in her home state of Wisconsin.In addition to being a five-time book author, Candice's work has also appeared in several national and international publications, such as "The Huffington Post" and "Outside Magazine Online." To read her web columns and see samples of her nature photography, visit her website at www.candiceandrews.com and like her Nature Traveler Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naturetraveler.
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