Icescapes 2006

Blue Ice


"Bergs and pack are thrown up in the sky and distorted into the most fantastic shapes. They climb trembling upwards, spreading out along lines at different levels, then contract and fall down, leaving nothing but an uncertain, wavering smudge which comes and goes. Presently the smudge swells and grows, taking shape until it presents the perfect inverted reflection of a berg on the horizon, the shadow over the substance. More smudges appear at different points on the horizon. These spread out into long lines till they meet, and are girdled by lines of shining snow-cliffs, laved at their bases by waters of illusion in which they appear to be faithfully reflected. So the shadows come and go silently, melting away finally as the sun declines to the west." Ernest Shackleton

Location: Snow Hill Island, Weddell Sea