Air of Unreality

“Everything wears an air of unreality… Everything on the horizon appears drawn up & distorted…icebergs hang upside down in the sky… The tops of some of the bergs appear to boil up & rise & fall & spread themselves… in the quaintest way. Inshore appears a beautiful dazzling city of Cathedral spires, domes & minarets.”

— Frank Worsley

“Cloud-banks look like land, icebergs masquerade as islands or nunataks, and the distant barrier to the south is thrown into view, although it really is outside our range of vision. Worst of all is the deceptive appearance of open water, caused by the refraction of distant water, or by the sun shining at an angle on a field of smooth snow or the face of ice-cliffs below the horizon.”

— Ernest Shackleton, South

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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