Ice sculpted coast of Nunavut and Manitoba, Hudson Bay, Canada

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It was early summer, and the ice on Hudson Bay had mostly moved a little eastward, leaving almost water along the western shores of the Bay. Here the broken up ice is strewn across the sea.

I was flying high over Churchill, MB, Canada when this image was created. I had been photographing the ice sheet that filled most of Hudson Bay, and as we flew it was possible to see the way both wind and currents moved the ice, as the summer thaw began. Then here as we flew along the western coast, the sculpting of the coast by waves and floating ice were evident.

Then flying over the tundra introduced us to another different landscape, with all its dramatic processes and distinctive patterns and features. The current Google Earth imagery of this tundra landscape is stunningly attractive, amazingly clear and wonderfully revealing. It reveals the great complex of landforms that is the tundra landscape of this harsh area.

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Comments (4)

gezginruh on July 18, 2012

Another wonderful view !!!

Warm greetings. Fü

Ian Stehbens on July 19, 2012

This was a moment of a marvellous flight across Hudson Bay, .

I was enthralled by the whole experience, especially by the patterns in the ice that covered most of the Bay. But here near Churchill on the west side of the Bay, most of the ice had moved away, eastward, leaving the water to carry many small pieces of ice.

With kindest regards,


bdeh on July 19, 2012

Very nice picture Ian, reminds me of our trip to Costa Rico. We flew via New York and passed the Gulf of Saint Laurence with ice floes. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on July 26, 2012

Greetings Berend,

coming as I do from warmer climates, HUdson Bay had a special fascination for me, and I loved every second of our flight. The ice patterns changed the whole way, for in the east the ice was a continuous sheet against the east coast but here in the west we were beyond the edge of the ice sheet and clear water carried only broken floes as seen here. Regards,


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    by Ian Stehbens