27 Mar 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog: Tuesday 11th Oct; 7 glaciers; nature mort et vivant

Tuesday 11.10.2016  Ny Ålesund 78°55.6´N, 011°56.4´2°C 12m/s wind changing SW - SE - NE, Sunrise 09:53 – Sunset 17:32  Early morning, sails set, we leave Ny Ålesund under cover of darkness and travel north, blown by southerly winds.Choppy pale green sea. Rain in the air, overcast skyGiven our northerly location it’s not particularly cold. This is the area from which Spizbergan (Svalbard) gets its name (Spitsbergen originated with Barentsz, who descr...

08 Mar 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Monday 10th October – Blomstrandbreen trek – "Get off the tundra!"

--> Monday 10.10.2016  Blomstrandbreen  79°00,2´N, 012°13.1´E Cloudy and overcast, a dark but beautiful morning. 2°C, 2m/s. Sunrise 09:45 – Sunset 17:41A wet foggy start to the day, still dark while we eat breakfast; even as we assemble on deck and climb into the Zodiacs it’s only just about getting light. We travel towards shore in the gloom of early morning, a pale green sea, mist clinging low to the mountains. No-one speaks, the bay is full of ...

24 Feb 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog Sunday 9th October, Blomstrandhalvøya: flying frustrations

--> Sunday 9/10/2016 0°C, 5m/s. Blomstrandhalvøya 78°59,6 ́N 012°04.6 ́E.  Sunrise 09:37 – Sunset 17:49 satellite image of our locationThe light across the far mountains is beautiful when I go up on deck before breakfast, pale pink early morning sun glinting off the blue glacier that stretches to the horizon, a dusting of snow on the black mountains. Fresh cold clear air to breathe. The quietness is palpable. I love it first thing when there are few peo...

11 Feb 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog Saturday Oct 8th – drill and party night

Saturday 8/10/2016. Kongsijorden Bay 79°00'0.00" N 11°39'59.99" 3°C, 10m/sec; Sunrise 09:29 – Sunset 17:58    The sun is rising slowly above a blue/grey sea; daylight is noticeably later now than when we set off. Pink light reflects off the mountains, sedimentary layers lie horizontal, then swoop diagonally and fold together, forced upwards by some huge seismic activity which took place probably more than 410-440 million years ago      The wind ...

29 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog: Friday 7th October – ‘Værfast’ (Ymerbukta)

--> Friday 7/10/2016 2°C, Ymerbukta. 20m/s; Sunrise 09:21 – Sunset 18:06. Sea state – moderate; wind speed 7-8, gusting wind, speeds of up to 20 knots predicted. Grey-green sea, small waves break the surface.A hint of spindrift. Mist hovering, mountain shapes disappearing re-appearing. We are moving yet going nowhere. Last night the boat was moved closer to the entrance of the fjord, but despite two anchors we've been pulled half way back to where we o...

26 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Seas

Arctic Blog: Thursday 6th October – scrapings, swayings and bangings

--> Thursday 6/10/2016 -2°C,  2m/sec, Sunrise 09:13 – Sunset 18:15   – 1°C It’s dark and I’ve been awake for sometime. I have no idea what time it is but so far it’s been a night of little sleep, kept awake by things sliding back and forth, scrapings and swayings and bangings. The door that I propped open with the bin to allow some air to permeate the stuffy cabin (and to stop me feeling totally claustrophobic) has been crashing to and fro into ...

20 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog: Wednesday 5th October 2016 Tunabreen

--> Wednesday 5/10/2016 Tunabreen 4°C, 2m/s Sunrise 09:05 – Sunset 18:23The Antigua remains anchored in front of the glacier. The day is overcast and raining which makes for dramatic cloud, drifting mist hanging in the mountains, the sea brown against a mass of luminous chunks of blue and white ice floating on its surface. The Belugas reappear, five white backs breaking the surface in unison. Last night I was sure we were moving since the boat was swaying so much. All that thu...

15 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog – Oct 2nd/3rd/4th: Embarkation and my first sight of a glacier

It has taken me a while to get my diary notes written up and to sort out the hundreds of photographs I have taken while traveling. Most of my drawings and water-colours are now up on the wall in my studio (well those not in sketch books) and I'm struggling with how to make images from it all. A wall of Arctic sketchesIt's so different to painting seas. Since returning home I've been a bit busy ...had a solo show at Cadogan Contemporary in London, driven up Shetland to give a paper and exhibit a few of ...

20 Oct 2016 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Taking leave of Longyearbyen Oct 19th

--> Finally I am in the air and taking leave of Longyearbyen. A lot of us are leaving on the same flight so there's been a lot of hugging and kissing and some tears. I don't really do the big goodbye stuff. So onto the plane... Passing through mist and cloud and up, I see the sun for the first time. It has been so low on the horizon for the past couple of weeks that only a glow from below the horizon reminds us of its presence. Now here it is, shining gold in a blue sky above a thick bank of ...