A blue diamond off the coast of Spitsbergen. Rare blue ice is caused by years of tremendous pressure inside the glacier, which forces out all the air bubbles inside the ice and causes only blue light to be refracted from the iceberg.
Just got back from an expedition around Spitsbergen - one of the main islands in the Svalbard archipelago. The name literally means something like pointy mountains in ancient Dutch and looking at these beauties it's easy to see why. #iphone7plus#iphoneonly#svalbard#spitsbergen
Exploring Svalbard for the next week, one of the most unique places in the world. It’s not really a state, province, country or island. It’s an unincorporated archipelago area at the top of the world, running from 74 to 81 degrees latitude. There’s a governor appointed by Norway and the population is mostly Norwegian but it’s basically like a polar version of Mos Eisley. No one is required to have a visa and anyone can live or work here from any country in the world. It would be the solution to the global refugee crisis if it wasn't so remote and Arctic. Literally.
Waves lap lazily across the Rio Negro as it first brushes past the creamy brown Rio Solimões near Manaus before the two rivers go on to form the Amazon proper.
Shakshuka is one the best dishes ever. Add in some haloumi cheese and it becomes epic. This recipe from the Zahav cookbook also used dried limes (among other things). 👅🍳 #shakshuka#haloumi#cooking#israelicuisine
Right Between the Waters near Manaus, Brazil. The volume of water flowing past this point every day challenges our feeble human wetware's ability to grasp numbers or relative sizes and leaves us scrabbling at the bottom of the sheer rocky cliffs of comprehension. To help grok just how much bigger this is than those piddly little streams that most of us call rivers are - try to think of all the water flowing through the Niagara, Iguazu and Victoria Falls. Never seen them? Doesn't matter. Got it? Great. Now multiply that by 12. Now multiply it by a bit more. How much more nobody knows for sure and scientists haven't bothered to work it out yet, but rest assured this is an ENORMOUS FUCKING QUANTITY OF WATER. Also, just to completely screw with us and make things even less fathomable this is one of the narrower parts of the river. 😐
In case you're wondering whether I turned into Birdman and flapped my wings like a madman to get this shot - close, but no cigar. This was taken by my DJI Mavic drone (codename: Superfly) flapping its little quadcopter blades just as fast as it could about 120m higher and 3km away from its lowly earth bound operator.