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Rock & Ice – Glacier Bay

Another of my more abstract Alaska images, taken in Glacier Bay.   This is actually taken from the deck of a large cruise ship, the captain was able to maneuver her quite close to the glacier.   At least it seemed close.   I like that there is no sense of scale here.   That is actually what I would describe as a mountainside, and the glacier ice must be several stories tall.   When watching pieces of the glacier calve off into the ocean, we were told that no, those pieces falling were not the size of cars, but the size of houses.   Even viewing the scene directly there were no man made or other familiar objects to give the landscape any sense of scale.   Alaska is humbling and fascinating at the same time.

7 responses

  1. ken bello

    This could easily have been taken on another planet for those of us who have never been there. Down in the lower 48 we never see a sight such as this. The color of the ice and the cloud obscuring the top of the mountain are beautiful. I’m guessing it’s summertime when this was taken, do you recall the temperature at the time?

    June 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

  2. Ken, according to the EXIF data, this was taken on August 30, 2006. My best guess is that the temperature was in the upper 40’s-lower 50’s. It was kind of misty, sprinkling rain now and then as I recall, which of course lent some atmosphere to the proceedings.

    June 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

  3. ken bello

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! You can’t buy that kind of attention!

    June 24, 2011 at 9:08 am

  4. I have always dreamt of visiting Alaska one day. And this picture and your description just whetted my appetite. Will have to save up for that dream trip. Thanks for sharing… I’m new here by the way.

    June 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

  5. Thanks Star. Ken, you could have knocked me over with a feather yesterday when I saw I had been Freshly Pressed. It happened once before last year and I figured then it was a one time only thing. Lightning does strike twice in the same spot. Occasionally.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

  6. Impressive. The colors are especially appealing!

    June 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  7. Thank you very much.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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