Spitsbergen Monochromes

Spitsbergen. Days 39 to 41. 6th to 8th August 2013.

Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Polar Bears.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Polar Bears.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Tinayrebukta Glacier.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Bearded Seal.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Kittiwakes.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Lilliehöökbreen Glacier.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Blue Whale.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Blue Whale.

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Blue Whale.

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Guillemots after first flight fall.

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Guillemots after first flight fall.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Walrus.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Polar Bear.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Bearded seal, Black and White, Blue whale, Glacier, Harbour Seals, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Polar Bears, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Smeerenburg.

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Smeerenburg Glacier.

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Harbour Seal.

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Harbour Seal.

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Harbour Seal.

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Mid-Atlantic ice.

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Mid-Atlantic ice.

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Polar bear in ice.

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Polar bear on ice floe.

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Midnight ice.
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Blue Whales

At sea, Spitsbergen. Day 39. 6th August 2013.

Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife

At 11:30pm, we were summoned on deck for a sighting of a couple of blue whales.  It being very far north in summer, there was still plenty of light and the sun wasn’t intending to set.  We sailed along with them for some distance, although they were several hundred metres away.

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife

Blue whales are the largest animal ever known to have lived, at up to 30 metres long and 180 tonnes in weight.  This is one of the reasons why you are most unlikely to see a blue whale in an Olympic-size swimming pool.  The largest dinosaurs may have been as long but their length is usually an extrapolation from just a few vertebrae and as land animals, their weight was a fraction of the blue whale.

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife

It is much easier to photograph a blue whale than a humpback whale because they swim along in a straight line and surface several times before going down.  This means it is easy to predict where it may come up again and may also account for why they were hunted almost to extinction by the early 20th century.

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife

Taking photographs of the whales is one thing, but including some of the setting gives another dimension of context.

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife

We were somewhere near the north-west corner of Spitsbergen.

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Blue whale, Glacier, Nature, Photography, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel, Whale, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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