Tabular Icebergs in the Weddell Sea

 On Monday, we began sailing into the Weddell Sea. This is where Shackleton and the Endurance became locked in pack ice and the Endurance was eventually crushed by ice, forcing Shackleton and his men to float for months on ice flows until the seas opened, and they could sail on their three small lifeboats to Elephant Island. Mid- morning there was an announcement that there was a photographic emergency on deck. We all grabbed our cameras and scrambled to the bow and for the next few hours the Explorer passed one tabular iceberg after another. The ship moved slowly and silently so we could witness up close and carefully the vastness of these broken glaciers that have been at sea for years.It is difficult in photographs to accurately portray their height and vastness. Some can be the size of states. There was no wind and the sun was shining, so we were able to get many pictures with the reflections of these blue sculpted masterpieces reflected in the sea. It was a morning I will never forget.