Thursday, June 7, 2012

Iceberg Alley

A friend of mine commented recently that if she lived at our house she would be taking pictures all the time. It is true that we are very spoiled by our view. We moved into this house in January of 2010. This is the first spring since we moved in that we have been treated to dozens and dozens of ice bergs. Most are moving too far off the Head (that's Torbay Head in the second picture) to take a decent photograph but we could see them out there all the same. The current way off must be incredibly strong because it was moving huge pieces of ice from the extreme left to right of the horizon within hours.

Then, about a month ago, two ice bergs moved into Torbay itself and the one in the second picture has been grounded there ever since. Believe it or not, the closest ice berg in the first picture, is the same berg in the second picture. It has melted, flipped and we have watched huge pieces fall off and crash into the ocean.

It has been quite the tourist attraction. On sunny days, there are often tour vans passing by and we have had the occasional vehicle parked in our upper driveway while their occupants hike down over the hill for a closer view of the ice. 

Just down the road in the village of Quidi Vidi, an ice berg grounded about two months ago. On one of the rare weekends that DH has been home this spring, we went for a drive and then a short hike to see it. We had to trek over a fairly difficult path (and I wasn't in the shoes for it; I really should know better after being married all this time. Bring sensible shoes. Always.) to reach the Gut where the ice was grounded. 

It was totally worth the scramble and provided us with our first family photograph with an ice berg since moving back home in 2009. 

The weather in Newfoundland and Labrador may not be the greatest when you compare rain, drizzle and fog (RDF) days to sunny ones but you cannot beat this province when it decides to do spectacular.

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