Fjords, drama & cold
This blog will be mainly pictures, with a limited amount of description.
After leaving Puerto Chacabuco it was Chilean fjords all the way.
I’ve tried to capture the grandeur of the scenery.
The mist added, rather than distracted from the scenery.
Flat calm and loneliness . . .
While cruising through the fjord we came across a small ‘growler’. Note how much is under the water.
Clouds or UFOs ?
Temperature dropping and you only went outside if you had to . . for picture taking etc.
Is it any wonder that this area is still wild and undeveloped, except for a small amount of tourism.
Our first glacier and we were quite a long way from it . . .
Under the snow and ice is water, which lubricates the movement as if flows in to the fjord.
Floating ice has become much more common.
We moved closer to the glacier . .
Ice is getting more prevalent . .
A picture in blue.
When we lived in the UK, in winter we had black ice, now we have blue ice.
The ship seems to be attracting the ice.
I leaned over our balcony to take this shot of ice clinging to the ship.
Ship’s boat has been sent ice harvesting – we must have run out of the cold stuff.
The piece that they brought on-board by using the ships’s crane was far to big to manhandle, so they had to break it up in to smaller pieces, and this is one of the smallest, which took four men to handle.
The ice was on display on deck and the one thing that we were told over and over, was not to use any of the glacier ice in our drinks, because it will be impure for human consumption. That made sense because we didn’t have any idea what had been frozen within the ice. Cooling one’s glass from the outside seemed OK .
The entertainment was over and we sailed slowly away from the glacier.
I thought I’d leave the best until the last –
Azamara Pursuit drifting at the base of the glacier – I didn’t take this picture, but the ship’s photographer did, while the ships’s boat crew were harvesting the ice.