Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town

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Thanks to Chris for sending me this. Thought others may find it of interest too. Natural beauty at its best. I would love to see this up close.
A small town in Newfoundland, Canada, has become a sudden tourist spot thanks to a new visitor - one of the first icebergs of the season.

Canada's CBC News said that over the Easter weekend, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked with traffic as photographers - professional or amateur - pulled up to snap the hulking ice mountain.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39632047

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Spectacular.

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That's all for now folks , dinner time !

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An average weather forecast for 6 / 7 months of the year !

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Gander ? Claim to fame on 11 September 2001 when hosting many " Unscheldued " landings as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXbxoy4Mges



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Hi Chris from the Gulag (ace name by the way)

Those are some seriously impressive ice burg photos you've hunted down.

I've seen a couple of them in newspapers, but your other ones are better, especially the second batch. If I were a millionaire I'd hire a plane to go see them in person, and sod the cost and carbon foot print; so much for my green credentials, eh! And all because the lady loves ice burgs.....
Name ?

Most appropriate given my circumsatnces , somewhat alternative views and present location.

Still , nowhere to be seen on the Mersey , giant puppets seem to be the name of the game on your manor .... and pretty impressive too despite some of the locals trying to " Liberate " one or two ?

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Been a keen whale watcher from this laptop since the Internet came online some 20 years ago , 35+ years of libraries and magazines before that.

Icebergs ? Par for the course in that part of the world , fun would be travelling up the Davis Strait in the hope of a few bowheads to be seen ... very shy given our hunting of them ... even in June known to being snowing !

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Just imagine your great great grandfather taking a photograph of a bowhead whale.

150 years later , you take a photograph .... of the same whale ... possibly your grandson as well in another 50 years ... estimate of oldest one known , 205 years old ... Wikipedia : 211.

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Keeping a daily eye out for anymore calvings from the glaziers , reports from both Greenland and Iceland of a good season for them.

Sure sign of global warming ... almost akin to the end section of The Kraken Wakes ... John Wyndham.

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6 months on and I will be on the southern watch ... South Georgia being a good starting point as will the webcams on the fringe of antarctica.

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Digby , Nova Scotia ... in REAL time ... 4 hours behind us ... 9 C / 49 F ... average.

Have a meal outside at the Fundy restaurant ... wave ... and I could wave back from this laptop !

The power of the Internet ?

Ladies on icebergs .... I could try but said images would not get past the Green Lights on 'ere !

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One for the road ?

Gander airport .... 9 / 11 .... 11 September 2001 ... Operation Yellow Ribbon .... 11,000 residents joined by , around , 7,000 " Guests " within hours .....

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In old money .... 80 inches ..... 6 feet 8 inches !!!!!

Imagine that over 'ere ?
On the move ... towards the shipping lanes.

Imagine the power needed to move it ... ocean currents ... the world's conveyor belts :

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FERRYLAND, N.L. -- The world's most famous intact iceberg appears to be on the move.

Ocean currents appear to be sweeping the colossal iceberg away from tiny Ferryland, N.L., where it squatted this month and put the town of about 500 on the world's radar.

Mayor Adrian Kavanagh said onlookers started flooding into the town over Easter weekend, causing bumper-to-bumper traffic jams in pursuit of the perfect camera angle.

News of the frozen spectacle rippled through global media including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian and Russia's state-backed news channel, as well as outlets based in Australia, Japan, Germany.

One headline in the U.K.-based Independent made clear its fame: "How to Visit the Ferryland Iceberg."

Diane Davis, who runs the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook group, says she has seen hundreds of frozen slabs in her years as an amateur berg-hunter, but the Ferryland gem appeared to be a special find.

Based on photos, she admired the natural ice sculpture's ornate features -- concave scoops and pinnacles protruding in different directions like a malformed crown. The peaks lurch towards the sky like a crystallized tsunami, and at the right time of day, Davis said, the sunlight refracts to give the berg a glassy-blue hue.

"Every one (iceberg) has a got a shape and personality to it," Davis said. "It's so big and sexy and against the ocean, it's so photogenic, and that's why it's getting so much attention."

Davis had hoped to soon make the roughly four-hour trip from her home in Gander, N.L., to behold the frigid beauty sculpture in Ferryland, but she said multiple sources among her Facebook group's 4,500 members reported Sunday that the berg had drifted several kilometres southwest towards Aquaforte, N.L.

Kavanagh confirmed the iceberg had drifted, but said two more icebergs appear to be headed in Ferryland's direction -- and if not, there's always next season.

"It's a great year for ice up along this way ... (but) you just continue on as you were," Kavanagh said in an interview. "It just happens to be there. It just dropped in, and it will float away."

Kavanagh said the berg's novelty may be somewhat lost on residents who live along the stretch of sea known as "Iceberg Alley."

He said Ferryland has recently received hundreds of visitors from across Canada, but most are from about an hour's drive away in St. John's. While photos of the iceberg have pervaded social media -- including one of a helicopter looking insect-sized next to the imposing mass of ice -- for Ferryland residents, he said, it has faded into a panoramic backdrop.

As temperatures rise, the icy monuments will soon wash into waves, but Kavanagh said he's confident that the town's terrestrial attractions -- such as picnics at the lighthouse, an archaeological dig site and dinner-theatre entertainment -- will continue to lure a steady stream of visitors.

For those who favour ice, Davis said the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador are littered with hidden glacial colonies. Her Facebook group's photo gallery features dozens of icebergs of all shapes, sizes and surroundings.


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Latest batch whilst icebergs are the " In " story :

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Impressive photos

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