The Acropolis Iceberg

14th November 2015. Far south end of South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . (11. Icebergs)).

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

From Cooper Bay, we continued on towards Drygalski Fjord, near the southernmost point of South Georgia.  The clear weather of Cooper Bay continued, at least for a while.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

I thought we turned back from Drygaslski Fjord because of weather conditions but other accounts indicate we decided to study some icebergs instead.  In any event, we turned around and returned along the north-east coast the way we had come.  You might think it would be desirable to circumnavigate the island but the south-west coast offers no protection for the ship from the frequent storms so in the interests of safety we did not venture that way.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Visibility was starting to decrease.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

The majestic mountains of South Georgia are retreating into the mist and fog.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

The varied shapes of several icebergs provide a contrast with the murky mountain background.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Not a place out there where you’re likely to meet many people.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Our first glimpse of part of the Acropolis Iceberg.  I’ll explain why I call it that soon.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Another iceberg nearby.  These are all massive blocks of ice.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Long and low and in front of the coast.  Most of it is of course under water.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

I’ll name this one soon for its appearance from another angle.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Back with the Acropolis iceberg.  It is late afternoon, nearing sunset.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

Acropolis iceberg in the front (we’ve only seen a small part of it previously) and the Sphinx iceberg in the distance (as seen previously from a different angle).

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

This is why I call it the Acropolis iceberg.  the face of the big foreground block is like a frieze from the Parthenon.  Carved by penguins perhaps.  Click on the image to see greater detail.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

A view from round the corner.  The frieze is now facing out to the left.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

So is it the Acropolis or perhaps the Parthenon or maybe the British Museum where Elgin lost his marbles?

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

A section from the massive side.  The penguins have only just started carving out a frieze here.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

The sea breaking against the iceberg and the background is clearing a bit.  You can see the smooth band at the bottom of the visible part of the iceberg where it rides up and down against the sea.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

A convoy of icebergs including the Sphinx in the middle and the Acropolis at the right.

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Drygalski Fjord, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness

A last glimpse of the Acropolis.

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6 comments on “The Acropolis Iceberg

  1. Robert Hayes says:

    Wonderful images again Murray. However, even if you are considering making a book. Seeing snow and blue of ice and shapes and water, it becomes repititioiusly redundant. What plans do you have….or, in my lack of understanding, are you doing these trips for a company?

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Robert. No, I’m not being commissioned for these trips. The current images are from about eighteen months ago. I have five posts on South Georgia to go plus a few mono posts, then Atacama Desert in northern Chile. After that is an expedition to Guatemala, Cuba, the Caribbean and California.

      In a couple of weeks I’ll be spending a few days in Binna Burra National Park in southern Queensland. Then in six weeks I’m off to Tasmania including the Overland Track in winter and a walk/sail cruise on a 70 foot ketch from Hobart to the Freycinet Peninsula. Next January I’m off to Ladakh for a 10 days or so, hopefully to see some snow leopards.

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  2. enmanscamera says:

    Wow. Summing up I’ll just write, excellent photos as usual Murray.

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