Ottawa Nature and Travel Photographer | An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

An iceberg in Strathcona Sound, Nanisivik, Nunuavut

During my Cruise North expedition in Canada’s arctic waters I came across some incredibly massive icebergs that towered high above the waterline (and what we see above the waterline is only a fraction of their actual size!). The iceberg featured here was just “floating around” in Strathcona Sound, Nunavut. On this sunny day of September 8th, 2010, my brother and I (along with the rest of the passengers aboard the Lyubov Orlova) had the great privilege to jump in some zodiacs and tour around this iceberg. It was a beautiful moment, and something we had quite a bit of time to enjoy on account our cruise ship was ‘docked’ at Nanisivik to refuel before finishing the last leg of the voyage, and heading home.

My pictures here make it hard to establish a sense of scale, but if you look for the zodiac carriers that we used to navigate around you can begin to appreciate the human scale. In some cases, I could barely fit everything I was seeing with my 16mm camera lens in hand! An all-out WOW moment, but if that was not enough, we soon saw a seal bobbing its head up-and-down in the water, and as we tried to approach it with civility, another spectacular moment of chance caught our already heighted attention- a lone male polar bear relaxing on the shoreline.

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