18 May 2014
Yesterday we hiked from Pouch Cove to Cape St. Francis, Newfoundland. I wanted to try out my new camera (a Samsung Galaxy) and the icebergs along the coast seemed like the prefect subject for my first experiments. One iceberg was really spectacular and I caught it just as a bright red boat sailed by. A few minutes later we looked over at the iceberg again and, to our amazement, saw that a huge section of it had disappeared, slipping into the sea without making a sound. Not long after that, we stopped again to take more photos and suddenly the rest of the iceberg began to disintegrate as we watched. I searched frantically for the video feature on my new, unfamiliar camera but couldn't find it so, afraid I might miss the whole event struggling with unfamiliar technology, I chose to simply watch instead of documenting it. However I did manage to snap a few photos, including one where you can see the spray as the shattering ice poured into the sea. In only a few minutes the majestic iceberg had disintegrated into a couple of growlers surrounded by an ever expanding circle of bergy bits. If it had happened while the little boat was passing, the story could have had a tragic ending. However, the boat was safely gone and we hiked on, amazed by what we had just witnessed.