I am in the dolomites, Italy for a week leading a Phase One PODAS workshop. The weather today was beautiful and yielded this picture postcard definition of what the Dolomites is all about. expect to see plenty more as we get deeper into our week of shooting this amazing landscape.
This Polar Bear is at the edge of the Arctic Ice pack. Where does he go next? I think ti is kind of a symbolic image of the challenges the Polar Bear faces today. I love the bird in the shot.
I saw this while we were cruising in Zodiacs along a face of a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. This shows sediments that over the ages has seeped into the glacier. I loved the stark contrast.
This shot was made in Svalbard Norway on my recent Arctic Adventure. we were cruising this bay where a few glaciers were ending. Also, we were searching for Polar Bears. When we cruised by tis piece of ice in our Zodiacs, I had to ask the driver to go around a time or two. I finally saw the image in my viewfinder and fired away. I think I captured the essence of the iceberg as well as the big glacier behind it with the kind of light that we were experiencing at the moment. I really like this one.
This is a shot from far away showing the from of the ice cover (ice Pack) on an Island of Svalbard. This is massive and goes all the way to the horizon. Look closely (click to enlarge) and see all the waterfalls coming off of the ice. Quite an amazing experience to see this.
When we traveled into the ice pack at 82.34 degrees last week we experienced a lot of polar bears. It is so hard to believe in the desolate environment there was so much life. Here’s a shot of one of the polar bears we encountered as it jumps from one ice berg to another. And, just to be clear this is ice pack ice that has broken up and is not an ice berg broken off of a glacier. These bears roam the ice pack hunting for seals. They jump, walk or swim to get where they need to go.
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Sometimes you are at the right spot at the right time. This was one of those cases. A week ago while cruising around in front of a glacier we could see a lot of calving going on. This is when chucks of ice break off of a glacier and form icebergs. It sounds like thunder. It causes giant splashes and huge wave. The trick is predicting where it might happen and being ready. Luck was with me as I caught this giant calving at the right moment. The motor drive was purring at 5 frames a second. I love this shot as you can see the giant ice chucks breaking off as well as hundreds of birds that took flight when it happened. Click on the image and look at the large version. CLICK on the image to see larger version Click again to see even bigger.
What amazes me about both Polar regions is the amount of wildlife that lives there. In the Arctic we ran across walruses quite often. One of them even sunk one of our beached Zodiacs. These are animals that are giants. Best known for the tusks. This shot was a lucky one for me as I caught it right after it raised its head from the water. I love the water dripping off the tusks. Shot with A Nikon D7100 and 80-400 lens which turned out to be the ideal set up for this kind of shooting.
Arriving at this location we faced a gigantic and very long glacier or ice wall. It is actually part of the permanent ice pack on Svalbard. zThere must have been a hundred waterfalls flowing from this place. This one image is showing a waterfall of about 50 feet coming out of a glacier as water carves it way through the glaciers. Some of the other waterfalls come of the top. I have pictures of those too so you’ll see them somewhere along the way. Pretty amazing to see all of this.