Meltdown 1: Sea Ice of the Gyldenløve Fjord, Greenland

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The 2 islands pictures lie of the south east coast of Greenland. The strait between them is only about 500M wide. The waterways among the islands and in the inlets of this coast are filled with bergs of sea ice. In this early summer photo much of the island surface has been revealed as the spring thaw has removed some of the snow cover. What appears to be a frozen lake in the right foreground is actually an inlet of frozen sea ice.

These islands are located just north of the Gyldenlove Fjord.

[Geolocator indicates approximate centre of photograph. Altitude of flight 11000M: photopoint 4Km south of locator.]

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Comments (13)

ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on November 29, 2012

Thanks a lot, Ian, for notifying us.

I still consider this second upload a YS + L. :)

I believe the acceptance criteria for this type of photo is comparable to that for some type of wildlife photos. A lot of photos of wild animals roaming and foraging in woodlands have been accepted so far.

brunosma (NO VIEWS) on November 29, 2012

Senza la tua descrizione, sarebbe difficile capire, così invece si comprende veramente la foto, barvo è una bella foto, ciao bruno dall'italia

Ian Stehbens on November 29, 2012

Suzi in Oregon, 3 days ago, said: An extraordinary image, Ian - texture art in contrasts. Well done abstract. You are fortunate to see so much of this amazing planet - thanks for sharing it with us (O:

Ian Stehbens on November 29, 2012

Dear Suzi,

I am pleased that you find some artistic appeal in this image. I just couldn't get enough of this - the whole flight had me on a "visual high"!!

It is true that I have been privileged to have had this opportunity to see some of Greenland from the air, and I will never forget the joy I felt.

Thanks you for your encouragement.


Ian Stehbens on November 29, 2012

Suzi in Oregon, yesterday, said:

I had no idea you took this from the air, Ian - now I have an impression of scale, making it even more amazing! It could have been any size at all and been as beautiful. This grand scale of chill perfection must seem quite a change from your usual warm climes. So glad for you to have had this unforgettable opportunity. Very best wishes and safe journeys (O:

Ian Stehbens on November 29, 2012

Dear Pong,

I think that for images like this, where scale is difficult to interpret and it appears as an abstract to some extent, the reviewer may reject it thinking it is not a landscape. Some of the patterns of land and of sea ice that I saw on that flight enthralled me precisely because they were so unfamiliar, hence I was keen to add it to GE. You probably also know that I do upload floral macros and artistic work that is not intended for GE, but I just didn't want this one rejected fro the wrong reasons.

Anyway, thanks again for your valuing of this image, and for your encouragement.

Warmest regards,


Ian Stehbens on November 29, 2012

Thank you Brunosma, for your understanding of this image and for having appreciated the written description.

Flying across Greenland and Hudson Bay was a remarkable, memorable flight, and I had my camera and eyes trained on the fascinating landscapes below, the whole time....whilst many other passengers preferred to watch some B-grade movie.

©polytropos on December 4, 2012

This is great!  On first sight it looks quite artificial.

the Golftraveller on December 7, 2012

great capture from above, like it very much LALLIs

©IR Stehbens on December 8, 2012

Every moment of this flight was enthralling to this geographer, polytropos. I was seeing a kaleidoscope of patterns and designs that I had never imagined before.

Thanks for your appreciative visit.


©IR Stehbens on December 8, 2012

Thanks Lallis. Aerial views of terrain and of landuse always excite me, but this flight across Greenland and Baffin Island was pretty special.



miru3po on January 23, 2014

航空写真は好きです。Ian Stehbensさんの抽象的描写は優れた絵画です。L+F+☆写真家

Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2014

Hi miru3po.

Thank you for your partnership with me as favourite photographers. I have had some wonderful opportunities for aerial photography, this flight being one of them. I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the image artistically.

Kind regards,


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