Friday, March 11, 2016

Where I was yesterday... 40,000' up.

These photos were taken from 40,000' over Labrador, Canada.
The first sight of that snow-covered, desolate land (seen through the plane window) was ice-fringed, the floes floating through a brittle skin of transparent ice ...(above)

Then (below) the land itself -- snow-clad outlier islands caught in a plain of ice, apparently abandoned by mankind to a cold, lonely wilderness -- still wearing, though, the scoring of an ancient icy past in the form of deep scratches.

Then the first sign of mankind: a straight line, much wider that any ordinary road, blugeoned somehow through the wilderness to make a snow-filled line of epic proportions (remember, this was taken from 40,000' up). Whatever ploughed this furrow mostly ignored the contours of the land as if  oblivious to them. 
An oil/gas pipeline? A road for giants? A firebreak? 
(I'm an Australian. A firebreak is what we think of first, actually...)
Framing this gigantic ditch: scratch marks from the ancient fingernails of ice sheets and glaciers.

Finally, below, a slightly warmer sight: a flowing river not far north of the St Lawrence River.
And so on, to New York.

2 comments:

2paw said...

Well, it certainly looks like an alien planet to an Australian: so much ice. Hope you are having a good time in NY.

glenda larke said...

You bet I am!