I first saw this iceberg the day before and photographed it from the shoreline near Eastport, Newfoundland in the afternoon as well as later that same evening and then again the following morning at dawn. On my return to a local B&B for breakfast, my traveling companion and I made one more stop to have a look at this amazing iceberg. Living on the prairies, I don't see these every day! As I was composing the first image, I suddenly heard a very loud CRACK and I told my buddy "Get ready, it's coming down"! A few seconds later, the iceberg began to tilt to the left and proceeded to crumble during the span of less than three minute as I captured this sequence of images of an event that I was indeed privileged to witness. Only days earlier, I had been much too close to other large icebergs floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Because most of the mass of an iceberg is actually under the water and not visible, a tidal wave could easily cause you to overturn and drown should your boat be too close. Life is always full of unexpected events!
November 1, 2015
My traveling companion, Brad Smith, and I came across this large iceberg shortly past Eastport on our way to the seaport of Salvage. We managed to find a location off the main road to make a few images and then proceeded to Salvage to photograph the scenic little village. On our way back to our B&B, we passed the iceberg once more and decided to make a few more images off the main road, including the image you are viewing. It was a very peaceful and serene scene and we left with the hope of trying to photograph it again the following morning. The next morning we photographed it again just before returning for breakfast when all of a sudden we heard a loud crack as I yelled "It's coming down"! In a matter of less than a minute, the iceberg literally crumbled into pieces before our eyes as we, of course, continued to photograph. I managed a nice sequence of images which I hope to show in the future. It sure brought home the point that you should never approach too close to an iceberg, thinking of course of the week prior when we had indeed done just that! What an experience!!!
September 28, 2015
It has been a very busy summer and autumn is following in the same pattern. My last Blog post and update on my Facebook Page was made in mid-May when I launched a book tour throughout the province of Ontario to promote my new book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (Turnstone Press). The book was very well received at the 13 venues I attended. It was a pleasure to connect with old friends, clients and colleagues, as well as to meet many, many new folks! Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and the new book.
Following the book tour, I traveled eastward to the Canadian East Coast for 6 weeks to explore new territory and create new imagery for upcoming projects. I discovered many new places in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I also revisited a few iconic locations such as the attached image of the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. While I have photographed this lighthouse on numerous occasions over the years, I personally think I created my finest version of the lighthouse during this recent trip. Following a day of overcast conditions and heavy downpour during the evening, the skies cleared by dawn. This time of day offered a rare opportunity to photograph the iconic landmark without any tourists, enhancing the feeling of solitude I felt at the moment. The ‘Belt of Venus’, an atmospheric phenomenon seen just before sunrise or after sunset, glows bright pink above the darker blue layer known as the ‘Earth’s Shadow’. This pink glow, also known as an ‘anti-twilight arch’, extends some 10-20 degrees above the horizon and is caused by a backscattering of reddish light from the rising or setting sun. I waited until the beacon lit up before pressing the shutter.