Friday Lens Affair 107

Blue Iceberg, Antarctica

Today I’m featuring photography of blue iceberg taken by Tracie Howe from Tracie Travels Blog, taken on a long-awaited cruise ship in Antarctica.

Tracie is a great photographer, you can admire her work on Jen & Tracie Go, Facebook and Instagram.

Picture Story: Blue Iceberg, Antarctica

I had just stopped “cruising” as we call it in the industry. I knew that being a cruise ship kid’s program staff was not a career for me, and I wanted out.

I was done getting tans in the Caribbean. I was done waking up to Europe’s coastal cities every morning. I was done flying places for free, eating for free, and living for free.

It was time to say goodbye to the best and worst parts of working on cruise ships, and leaving behind everyone that understood what it was like to live that kind of life.

So, with new hopes and dreams, I had moved on and I found a place to live in Seattle. I had a roommate and a few old friends nearby.

I got a crappy job at the Java Depot selling hotdogs and coffee outside of Home Depot while I tried to figure out how to start my photography career. I even got a boyfriend.

And then about 2 weeks later, I got a mass email from a fellow kid’s program friend still on ships.

My friend mentioned that there was a ship headed to South America and that new staff was needed soon for a 1-month contract.

I looked at the ship’s itinerary and saw that it was also going to Antarctica! South America was already enough to entice me, but Antarctica and a chance of seeing blue iceberg?!

I had been dreaming about this chance since I had started with the company about 4 years prior.

How else would I ever be able to go there on my own (not to mention for free)? So, I jumped at the chance!

I wrote back as soon as I read the email. Of course, this happened to be a few days after it was sent. Ironic because I have always checked my email obsessively.

Assuming that I had missed my chance, but trying to cover all my bases just in case, I also wrote my staffing contact at the head office with the request. I got a response right away: “The Nov contract is already filled. I have a December one, but it is a 6-month contract, not seasonal.”

Hmmm, 6 months?! After I just got a boyfriend and was trying to wean myself off of ships for good?

Well, really there was no question in my mind. I couldn’t pass up Antarctica! Many others who have tried to quit cruising have come back at least once, and I was no different.

So, about 2 weeks later I was flown to Curacao of all places to board another ship. Yep! Not South America. This was in the typical fashion of our cruise line’s staffing to promise one thing and then give us something else, but I was still hopeful.

As a favour for being rewarded such an amazing opportunity, I had to fill in “temporarily” in the Caribbean while my Seaman’s book came in, which was necessary documentation for one or two ports in the distant future of the ship I was meant to be on. Why I couldn’t just wait for it on that ship is beyond me.

After a lot of staffing drama, broken promises, and arriving at one last port where I could be flown out, I was finally given the go-ahead to board the Antarctica bound ship!

That fiasco reminded me of one reason I hated working on ships. But, it was all worth it for South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Africa!

So, as we sailed past our first blue iceberg, I was thrilled beyond belief. We were presented with clear, sunny days all the way up until the end.

Upon leaving, as the clouds rolled in and the sky darkened on our way past the last blue iceberg, I took this final shot. As we left, I was so grateful for the gift I had been given to visit such a place.

Especially because there were so many obstacles in my way and I never thought I would get there.

blue iceberg is visible after the ice from above the water melts, causing the smooth portion of ice from below the water to overturn.

The rare blue ice is formed from the compression of pure snow, which then develops into glacial ice.

Icebergs may also appear blue due to light refraction and age. Older icebergs reveal vivid hues of green and blue, resulting from a high concentration of color, microorganisms, and compacted ice.

One of the better known blue icebergs rests in the waters off Sermilik fjord near Greenland. It is described as an electric blue iceberg and is known to locals as “blue diamond”.

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6 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 107

  1. Emma

    I spent ages reading your blog last night after spending even longer going through your posts on Instagram. Love it, and can’t wait to see more!

    • Tracie Howe

      Thank you so much Emma! Sorry for not seeing your comment until over a year later! I hope you’ve been following along since. :)

  2. I love how the blue iceberg complimented with the background.. it looks so magical., and I liked this lovely shot more after reading the story behind taking it.. I must say, congratulations! :)

  3. Travel Ben

    Antarctica has long been a subject of curiosity for both the voyagers and explorers because of its inhospitable topography. Many are very curious if they are people who live there and how they live in a place with very unforgiving weather.

    • I do not think people live there on the permanent basis, I just think that as a worker on the station you go there for 6 months-long periods.

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