50 Shades Of Blue, Icebergs: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Seabourn Quest Icebergs
Icy Wonderland: Seabourn Quest anchored in a bay flanked by snow-capped mountains and dotted with icebergs. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Antarctica has so many attractions. Of course, everyone thinks of penguins, and who doesn’t enjoy watching these adorable creatures? But Antarctica’s ice also has mesmerizing qualities. On each day of our Antarctic voyage on Seabourn Quest, we observed beautiful ice sculptures carved by currents and wind and by the warming of the air that eventually would cause the sculptures to melt.

We passed plenty of icebergs on Seabourn Quest, as we made our way through ice-choked channels, but we also were able to get up close to icebergs on Zodiac outings while Seabourn Quest was anchored — our Mother Ship, dispatching us off in search of beauty and adventure.

One of the things that surprised me about the icebergs was their many shades of blue, ranging from blue-green beneath the sea’s surface to a light azure above the surface, as illustrated in today’s accompanying photo.

I learned that icebergs appear blue due to light refraction and age. Icebergs can exhibit vivid hues of green and blue, resulting from high concentrations of microorganisms and compacted ice. I’m sure there is a lot more to icebergs than that, but my obligation was not to learn everything there was to know about these frozen monuments. I was there to admire them and to be awe-struck by their beauty — and their many shades of blue.

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