These are three views of the same green iceberg near the Amery Ice Shelf. I blogged about the breakup of this ice shelf in January which is a reasonable month for looking at all things ice related but not now when my feet are freezing.
I love icebergs which is strange because I hate the cold but put an image of a berg anywhere near me and I'm hypnotised. There's just something about the sculptured shape of a very old berg that's been floating with the current for five or so years. It's lost the raw edge of newly calved ice and this green translucent colour is so rare.
Phosphophylite is a crystal from Bolivia and in the raw state is the only thing in nature that I've seen that comes close to these icebergs. In fact I've only ever seen one specimen of this gem which I bought for a friend who was into crystal healing. I can still remember seeing it in the shop, pardon me while I wax poetic, but it truly did sing to me like a siren sitting on top of one of these bergs. It wasn't smooth, it was sharp, spiky and only in the very centre did the colour concentrate into this wonderful pale green.