Heart. On one of the last days on the icebreaker, we stopped in the center of a very large ice floe and quietly stood on the deck barely breathing as this majestic creature came up to the ship. I molded my body against the hull of the ship leaning into it, my torso and legs at one with the vessel that was now my home.
And I stared through my camera’s viewfinder with tears in my eyes: full tears of disbelief, happiness, awe. To see such a creature in its habitat, wild, beautiful, curious, glorious so close. I could barely breathe. And I just stood there after taking this photo staring into its eyes and my heart felt like it would leap out of my chest. This is his home. His home that is disappearing. Rapidly. And as mortality, loss, grief, happiness, fear, love, flashed before me in a split second, I felt one with this planet and with life. I am changed forever by this moment. (at Norwegian Bay)