Huge Iceberg Threatens South Georgia Island

Iceberg in the South Atlantic © Debbie McCulliss
Iceberg in the South Atlantic © Debbie McCulliss

By Debbie McCulliss

Besides a global pandemic, 2020 was marked by historic wildfires, droughts, landslides, and severe storms. Winter came later, snowmelt came earlier, families were forced to evacuate their homes, farmers experienced economic loss, and tourists, if they were even able to get to their destination, may have found fewer available activities. Symptomatic of these natural disasters, an enormous chunk of ice broke off of Antarctica and now threatens South Georgia Island, a critical breeding and feeding area for penguins, sea birds, whales, and other wildlife.

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Don Larkin

Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Scapes: "Icebergs on Diamond Beach” © Don Larkin
Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Scapes: “Icebergs on Diamond Beach” © Don Larkin

How I Got the Shot

It is a simple life for an iceberg in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland.  It is born from a nearby glacier, and slowly gets pushed out to sea, only to find its way back home to retire on the same black sandy beach from where it came. On this morning, the sun rose underneath a layer of clouds, with the sunlight shining through the icebergs and illuminating the different colors and shapes.  I waited for the waves to approach to show the motion of the water, and the arrival of the icebergs.

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