Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cracking Through the Ice



On December 30th, 2008, we took the ferry from Riviere du Loup to San Simeon in Quebec, across the mighty St. Lawrence river. A far, far different experience than it is in the bright heat of summer.

I took this picture of the still white and grey landscape with frozen boats, remarkably monochromatic, as we waited to board the ferry. Devoid of the bright colours of summer, but still hauntingly beautiful.



Travelling through the icefield, the engines of the ferry were muffled underneath the cracking sounds of the ice splitting in ever expanding seams from the prow of the boat, widening out to the horizon and then folding in once more behind us covering our freezing trail.

A remarkable experience.

8 comments:

  1. How wide was the St. Lawrence river where you crossed it? Inquiring minds want to know...

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  2. That must have been quite a trip. Hauntingly beautiful, I'm sure. Presumably there are times when the ferry can't get across because the ice is too thick and impenetrable?

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  3. That's a lovely photograph of the ice mosaic, WWW, even better when enlarged. The ice looks like abstract art. :-)

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  4. Irene:
    It is 22km and takes about an hour and ten minutes to traverse.
    XO
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  5. Nick:
    I think there's some kind of ice-breaker on the front, it's considered part of the highway system so has to run 365 days.
    XO
    WWW

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  6. T:
    Funny you should mention that, as I was thinking of framing one of these for my tiny bathroom in NL!
    XO
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  7. That's a very wide river! That's almost a sea!

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  8. Irene:
    The St. Lawrence is awfully wide and that's not the widest part either!!
    XO
    WWW

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