Iceberg Lips

© Wally Orlowsky

Iceberg Lips

Wally Orlowsky 1/25/2005 4:08:29 AM

The darker blue areas in this iceberg and the one in the second picture are related to the age of the ice and the conditions under which it formed. Icebergs usually break off from glaciers, which are formed by compressing fallen snow (over thousands of years in most cases). Like the snow it is made from, the younger ice contains lots of trapped air. This results in many reflective surfaces, so all the wavelengths of sunlight are reflected, producing the traditional white color. But, the older ice is compressed by the weight of the tons of snow above it. The air is squeezed out and the ice is crystal clear for as much as several hundred feet. As light passes through this ice (and also through any deep water), more wavelengths (colors) are absorbed until only the shortest waves (blues) are left to find a reflective surface. This is the same principle that makes the sky blue. In many icebergs the dark blues are only revealed in deep cracks. But, on rare occasions the newer ice has metled away to reveal the blue core and the entire iceberg is a stunning blue (we saw none of these). Sometimes the smoothed shapes are the result of the iceberg flipping over so that the "bottom" that has been worn by the water is exposed. Technically, these two examples may not quite be big enough to icebergs, but are called "growlers". #208731

Paul Michko 1/25/2005 4:18:15 AM

Beatiful perspective and shot, Wally. Also facinating background on iceburgs. Sound like you enjoyed your trip emencely.:) #1061755

Carolyn M. Fletcher 1/25/2005 4:18:34 AM

Wow, this is interesting stuff, Wally! My iceberg expertise was sadly lacking! Thanks for the info. #1061756

Cathy Gregor 1/25/2005 4:22:54 AM

Fantastic images, Wally!
Thanks for the lesson on bergs!
-cathy #1061772

Donna W. Neal 1/25/2005 4:27:40 AM

Wow, I had no idea all the details of Icebergs. Thanks for the history and the beautiful pictures Wally. Can't wait to see more...:) #1061786

Colleen Braun 1/25/2005 4:28:58 AM

amazing and informative... #1061792

Claudia Kuhn 1/25/2005 4:32:10 AM

Very cool Wally, thanks for the iceberg lesson too! #1061806

Cindy Paquette 1/25/2005 4:38:14 AM

Outstanding Wally! You've captured the "essense" of the iceburg just magically! #1061826

Allan L. Whitehead 1/25/2005 4:42:15 AM

Magnificent, Wally, and thanks for the lesson in history as well. Some days BP is better than the 'Discovery Channel', eh… Very well done, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan #1061839

S J 1/25/2005 4:46:37 AM

WOW! WOW! WOW!! Wally, this is really great!!! Thanks you so much for submitting this fantastic image!!! LOVE IT!!! #1061852

Bonnie C. Lackey 1/25/2005 4:50:49 AM

I am loving every minute of this "trip" we are all taking... #1061858

Marcie A. Fowler 1/25/2005 5:09:12 AM

I'm with Bonnie I'm enjoying this trip. Your images make me feel like I was right there. This one just emits cold. Love the blue color in the iceberg and the "green" color of the water especially against the pieces of "gray" water we can see. Very well done Wally!! Thanks for the iceberg lesson as well!! #1061886

Judith G. Secco 1/25/2005 5:25:38 AM

Really amazing, Wally!
Judy #1061924

Marsha S. Smith 1/25/2005 5:26:07 AM

Wally, I think the iceberg images just get better each day. They are an awesome force, but so beautiful. Great science lesson as well, Thanks. #1061926

Kathleen K. Parker 1/25/2005 5:29:40 AM

Wally, this is wonderful! I love learning about these icebergs!! More please!!!
Kathleen #1061937

Darren K. Fisher 1/25/2005 5:35:39 AM

The close up of the iceberg made for a great abstract image, I like how the blue tones make the image feel cold. #1061955

Donald K. Cherry 1/25/2005 6:08:19 AM

Thank you so much, Wally! I asked for more yesterday and you delivered beyond you expectations! I hope you have even more fabulous shots of the remarkable iceberg!! #1062014

Murry Grigsby 1/25/2005 7:04:49 AM

Coldest lips in the world? :0) Nice image and info Wally. Yesterday's version is still my FAV so far but what a great series. The colors are wonderful!! #1062118

Stacey M 1/25/2005 7:15:21 AM

Very cool image Wally and even more interesting with your History of the Iceberg lesson. Can't wait to see more! #1062144

Jessica McCollam 1/25/2005 7:24:38 AM

Phenomenal shots, Wally! LOVE them both!:) #1062166

Donna J. Taff 1/25/2005 8:01:40 AM

Very beautiful, Wally!!! #1062243

Mellanie 1/25/2005 8:30:04 AM

Wow, fantastic images, Wally! #1062340

Dale Gast 1/25/2005 9:03:25 AM

Another great image, Wally!!! This is really incredible!!! #1062428

Karen Bacon 1/25/2005 9:41:19 AM

Thank you Mr. science for all of that interesting information!Awesome photo Wally! #1062486

Phil Sauvey 1/25/2005 10:58:47 AM


WOW!! Such wonderful color and detail and I LOVE the blue!!!!! Looking forward to your next! #1062595

Karen Engelbreth 1/25/2005 11:42:18 AM

Fantastic images, Wally!


Dan Holm 1/25/2005 12:02:56 PM

Wow!! Excellent icey image, Wally!! This series is amazing! #1062679

Patty Razonable 1/25/2005 3:38:05 PM

Extraordinary!!!! Fantastic capture and a very interesting data on these fascinating icebergs!! #1062953

Wally Orlowsky 1/25/2005 4:11:19 PM

Thanks all for your encouraging remarks. I just can't let the teacher in me rest (LOL). #1063001

Kathryn (Love) Scheet 1/25/2005 4:15:53 PM

wow! so cool! and really interesting too! thanks for the lesson! :) #1063010

William C. Raco 1/25/2005 4:21:01 PM

Excellent photo and fascinating explanation.
Thanks, Wally!!

bill #1063018

Leonard Pierce 1/25/2005 7:41:23 PM

Fantastic images and info Wally!!! Great job with everything! #1063305

Stanley J. Contrades 1/25/2005 11:03:00 PM

Would have enjoyed taking a science course with you as the teacher, Wally, with these images, and imagine school kids would love it!! This series is just excellent both in content and information!! Love those colors as well!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1063476

Deborah C. Lewinson 1/26/2005 3:59:34 PM

Marvelous image and science lesson, Wally!!!

-Debby #1065247

Sharon Day 1/26/2005 4:46:02 PM

Beautiful image, Wally!!! The colors are just amazing! #1065323

Tom Andersen 2/18/2005 5:15:10 PM

Congratulations on being selected as a Finalist, Wally! #1112393

Lucia De Giovanni 2/18/2005 5:36:37 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist Wally! #1112607

Claudia Kuhn 2/18/2005 5:37:44 PM

Congrats Wally, love those blue tones! #1112620

Susan T. Parady 2/18/2005 5:44:25 PM

Congratulations, Wally! #1112685

Sharon Day 2/18/2005 6:14:27 PM

Congratulations, Wally!!! Good luck next round! #1113036

Cindy Paquette 2/18/2005 6:17:49 PM

Great recognition for this wonderous imaga Wally!! Congratulations!! #1113079

Barbara Kehoe 2/18/2005 6:42:28 PM

Congratulations, Wally. Fantastic. #1113339

Terry R. Hatfield 2/18/2005 6:51:26 PM

Congratulations To You Wally,Awesome Shot!!! #1113425

Dan Holm 2/18/2005 7:39:17 PM

Congratulations on this FANTASTIC Finalist, Wally!!!!!! #1113820

Laurence Saliba 2/18/2005 7:54:40 PM

Congrats Wally!! Beautiful! #1114008

Kelly Abernathy 2/18/2005 8:01:24 PM

Congratulations on a wonderful finalist! -K #1114079

Donna W. Neal 2/18/2005 8:24:21 PM

Congratulations on this well deserved finalist I am so glad to see them here and good luck in the next round. #1114288

Cathy Gregor 2/18/2005 8:25:22 PM

Congrats on your finalist, Wally! #1114299

Darren K. Fisher 2/18/2005 10:21:51 PM

Congrats Wally, and best of luck next round. #1114958

Allan L. Whitehead 2/19/2005 2:44:56 AM

Wally, congratulations on your three finalist selections. Well done, and good luck in their next steps - your good friend, Allan #1115555

Colleen Braun 2/19/2005 4:00:35 AM

Congratulations...this is beautiful... #1115696

Marsha S. Smith 2/19/2005 6:05:27 AM

Knew you had this one down cold. :)
Congratulations, Wally. #1116146

Murry Grigsby 2/19/2005 6:11:38 AM

Congrats on your COOL finalist Wally! #1116189

Larry Lawhead 2/19/2005 7:23:46 AM

Congratulations on your Great finalist! Very dramatic shot!



Donna J. Taff 2/19/2005 8:30:30 AM

Congrat's, Wally!!!! #1116787

Debra Booth 2/19/2005 10:36:21 AM

Congrats on all your terrific finalists, Wally!! #1117316

Wally Orlowsky 2/19/2005 12:17:51 PM

Thank you all very much for your generous comments! #1117540

Stanley J. Contrades 2/19/2005 12:47:54 PM

CONGRATULATIONS once again, Wally!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1117633

Karen Engelbreth 2/19/2005 1:46:12 PM

Big congrats, Wally! #1117848

William C. Raco 2/19/2005 2:07:01 PM

Just love this photo and the series.
Great job, Wally


Deborah C. Lewinson 2/19/2005 3:34:35 PM

Congrats yet again, Wally...fantastic!!! #1118144

Robin L. Wehrman 2/19/2005 3:36:38 PM

Congratulations to you Wally on this outstanding finalist!!!!! #1118153

Deborah Sandidge 2/19/2005 5:36:47 PM

Very "cool", congrats Wally and best of luck once again!! #1118521

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 2/20/2005 5:59:28 AM

Congratulations Wally!!! #1119691

Karen Bacon 2/20/2005 2:17:26 PM

Congratulations Wally!The colors in this image are amazing! #1120710

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Close up of a very blue section of an iceberg that looked to me like iceberg "lips". An explanation of the blue color and another example are in the discussion. The "greener" water around the berg is the actual water color over the submerged portion.
Sigma 70-300@170mm; polarizing filter; f6.3@1/640 sec. Cropped and very minor adjustments in PSP8.

Uploaded on 1/25/2005 4:08:04 AM

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Camera: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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