The Fish Bowl

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It doesn't come as much surprise that my most favourite moments in Antarctica were exploring places far away from the "normal" life we came to know living and working at Davis station. I became afflicted by an obsession with icebergs. The more unique the better.

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It doesn't come as much surprise that my most favourite moments in Antarctica were exploring places far away from the "normal" life we came to know living and working at Davis station. I became afflicted by an obsession with icebergs. The more unique the better.

I feel like 'bergs are a great analogy of life- they are born from a parent (glacier) and are then shaped, moulded and shifted by their journey, their environment and their travels throughout life.

This particular iceberg was a highlight. We were able to carefully climb upon it, to see that part of its large oval ice form had been worn into a perfect oval void, a window into the world beyond. Much of living in Antarctica can feel like living in a fishbowl (with the insular nature of living on a station of 22 people without outside influence). This iceberg had the fishbowl feel.

We'd happened upon it during golden hour, as the sun was making its descent in the sky- but as we were looking away from the sun, the sky was starting to illuminate with pinks and blues. This day was a special day for me. Some friends (aviators) from Canada had arrived and I had been tasked with taking them out for a tour through the icebergs (as if it was a chore, I felt like my raffle ticket had been chosen). It was the week before the end of my time in Antarctica and the excursion was so welcomed.

This moment was part one of my most significant day trips of my year in Antarctica. A year later, two of my companions on this trip were killed in a plane crash in eastern Antarctica- the day before which, Bob reminded me of this "300 photo day"as he termed them. Some days I needed a bit of persuasion to step outside my comfort zone, to explore the previously unexplored- this day was a perfect example of this. Had we not taken the time to find a higher angle, we would never have known the complexity this iceberg possessed on this most pastel of sunsets.


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