After a couple of challenging days at sea, we made it into Scoresby Sund and still waters. The morning was overcast and threatening, but by the late evening we had clear skies and an amazing vista. When the sun finally dropped out of sight, we turned around and watched the moon rising over these incredible cliffs. In fact, we watched the moon rise several times. As our ship the Polar Pioneer steamed deeper into the sound and the geography changed, we found ourselves watching the moon dance along the ridge lines for quite a while.
And what ridge lines. The sheer cliffs were capped by horizontal layers of sedimentary rock, dusted in snow. The higher the peaks, the more snow. The light was soft and gentle. A few icebergs floated listlessly past. There was a waterfall here and another one there. And the moon was full and HUGE.
Now, I know that it is a proven fact that the moon does not change its size when it's close to the horizon and that it is the same size when it's in the middle of the sky. However, a rising or setting moon certainly feels larger, but for once in my life I didn't need to do much except choose the right lens!
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