Cold shock

Man snaps photo of ice­berg off N.L. with dis­tinctly mas­cu­line fea­ture

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Jamie El­li­son’s botan­i­cal tour of north­ern New­found­land pro­vided a whole dif­fer­ent kind of na­ture les­son when he looked out to a lo­cal bay and saw an ice­berg with a dis­tinctly mas­cu­line flour­ish.

The Nova Sco­tia-based hor­ti­cul­ture in­struc­tor and 10 tour com­pan­ions stood slack-jawed on the shore­line in Griquet as they took in the im­pres­sive ice for­ma­tion and its clear phal­lic pro­tu­ber­ance.

He says their quiet awe quickly turned to gig­gles, while prompt­ing some “rude com­ments” as they came up with a name for the soar­ing struc­ture.

“So some­one threw out ‘pe­nis-berg,”’ he said with a laugh from Hub­bards, N.S., on Mon­day. “We all had a good chuckle and were laugh­ing and just think­ing, ‘Oh my gosh, this is very phal­lic.’ We ac­tu­ally didn’t ex­pect to see quite what we saw!”

El­li­son, who also runs Green Op­tics pho­tog­ra­phy, says he and his mates were head­ing to cof­fee when they spot­ted the ice­berg in a lit­tle bay in the area and de­cided to stop to get a closer look. He said it was one of many ice­bergs that would show up on a daily ba­sis along that coast­line, where he and the group of largely Amer­i­can botanists were study­ing New­found­land’s alpine flora.

When he first saw it, he says he thought it looked like the bow of a ship.

So he grabbed his pow­er­ful 600-mil­lime­tre lens and snapped a pic­ture only to find that he had cap­tured a much racier im­age — a long, tubu­lar piece of ice reach­ing sky­ward over a larger mass of ice.

“We were pass­ing by and I thought, ‘Jeez, I gotta get a shot of that — it’s just too good to be true,’ and I didn’t re­al­ize, you know, quite how phal­lic it was,” said El­li­son, who teaches at the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Kentville. “But there was no guess­ing with the naked eye. Trust me.”

He says the unique ice­berg that he es­ti­mated was sev­eral sto­ries high was gone later in the day, likely pushed by strong winds, to make the rounds fur­ther down the coast or out at sea.

El­li­son, who has seen many ice­bergs be­fore this, joked that “Mother Na­ture ex­presses her­self in an in­ter­est­ing man­ner some­times.”

CP PHOTO/HO, JAMIE EL­LI­SON

An ice­berg is seen near L’Anse aux Mead­ows, New­found­land, in this un­dated hand­out photo. Jamie El­li­son’s botan­i­cal tour of north­ern New­found­land pro­vided a whole dif­fer­ent kind of na­ture les­son when he looked out to a lo­cal bay and saw an ice­berg with a dis­tinctly mas­cu­line flour­ish.

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