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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I is for ICE FLOES Over Greenland

Welcome to ABC Wednesday, Round 20, Letter I as in ice-cream, igloos, icicles, iditerod, idioms, and illuminating

Notice that 4 out of 6 of my examples above refer to ice and did you know that the 2017 Iditerod is starting in Fairbanks, Alaska instead of Anchorage because of the lack of snow in Anchorage!  They have sent it all down here to Vancouver, British Columbia, where we've had THE worst winter EVER with so much snow that it's sometimes been difficult for me to get out in the car. And today as I write this, (March 5th) I woke up to another dump of this incessant white stuff!  No one can remember us ever getting snow in December, let alone March!

So with that in mind, I decided to show you some photos that I took from the airplane as I flew over Greenland last summer on my way home from my immensely memorable trip to the United Kingdom. I used my new Canon SX720HS camera with 40X telephoto lens and I think the shots are incredible. When the pilot announced we were approaching Greenland, I got into position at the very back of the plane (where I was sitting) and started focusing.  If you click on the first photo, you can see them in full screen and will see much more detail.  We start with a few shots of some clouds and then possibly some land.
This next one looks like waterfalls, but they're clouds.
Could that actually be land?
Then, for sure there was land!

 Notice the wing tip at the upper left corner!
These last two (above and below) are of ICE FLOES! 
I was so excited to get decent shots of this intercontinental area of the world.  And thrilled to share them with you all.


photowannabe said...

Wow, spectacular!!
Your photos are magical.
We are having record snow fall in the Sierra Nevada mountains that go along the California/Nevada border.
As of now 565 inches have fallen!! More is on the way.
They are saying that the ski resorts will be open until July 4th...that's just plain crazy.

Photo Cache said...

Wow, if Alaska is lacking in snow, that's a scary thing.


Hildred said...

Beautiful photos, - have some nice ones coming across the Rockies and into the Kelowna airport, but no ice floes!!! Sorry about your snow, - it keeps falling here in the Similkameen, too, but soon melts and doesn't cause as much havoc...

Rajesh said...

Stunning shots.

Roger Owen Green said...

it's INTERESTING that Chicago has had ZERO snow the 1st two months of 2017, while Seattle is getting pelted!


Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

we have small planes that fly over glaciers. wonder if they see what you saw. I only walked to the tip.

Vonnieb said...

Beautiful photo's :) Amazing
Have a nice day

Melody Steenkamp said...

Gorgeous Leslie... almost like 'non-earthly' ;-)

Have a nice ABC-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, what stunning photos you have shared, great I post, thankyou.

Gattina said...

They are wonderful ! I love these kind of clouds, now I am inspired to make a painting ! For the moment I paint with my fingers so for clouds that is ideal !

Joy said...

You've captured some marvelous scenery. A certain lack of snow here this winter, you must have got ours.

Nora said...

Wonderful posting! Hope you have a happy weekend. Great photos and I found it interesting to read about this topic. I think our weather is changing! You have had a lot of snow where you live also.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wowza! Your photos of gorgeous scenery are amazing, Leslie. Thank you for sharing them.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Wow! These shots are truly amazing. Thanks for sharing, my friend, and blessings!