Story Behind the Shot – “Fleeting Moments”

“Fleeting Moments” – Southern Greenland, 2017

A gigantic iceberg floats in front of the peaks of southern Greenland in summertime.

On the last day of our trip to Greenland, we woke up to the sounds of the fjord; gulls swirling overhead, waves lapping the rocky shore and the just the slightest breeze in the air. We had a long way to go from this point, but were also looking forward to shooting icebergs on the way. During the preceding few days, we watched as several new bergs became grounded in the fjord and randomly broke apart. When an iceberg the size of a house decides to split in half, a crack like a gunshot sounds in the air. The bergs sometimes roll several times before settling down, which is quite a sight to see. After packing up camp, we loaded into a local fisherman’s boat just as the sun began to peak over the eastern peaks. We shot some of these smaller bergs and then boated about 30 minutes to a small village to pickup our indispensable fishing suits. Without these windproof suits, the following 2.5 hours would be unbearably cold as we had to cross into the open ocean and had no additional cover in the boat. After leaving the village, we boated through one of the most impressive sections of fjord in Greenland. We had passed through once before, with only a few small bergs in sight. This time, we encountered the massive berg you see here. We slowed the boat and admired this incredible sight, circling it several times. The gigantic peaks in the background made the scene that much more impressive. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the trip, and it sweetened the long boat ride that lay ahead. Check out my Greenland gallery for more photos from this incredible place!

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