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  #64 Blue
Entry 14 of 20
   
 
Glacier "calving"       ©2009 Lo
Panasonic DMC-ZS3       14th place, 32 points
1/160s, f4.5, ISO 80, 158mm, Landscape Mode, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Cropped, adjusted brightness, contrast and saturation       Extra Info: The beautiful blue colour of the glaciers results when light hits highly compacted ice, and only the short wavelength colours (blues) reflect back through the ice to your eyes.

Margerie glacier is located in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. It is over 1.5 km wide, with an ice face 75 m above the waterline and a base 30 m below sea level. The glacier advances down the mountains into the bay at a rate of about 1.5 m a day, calving building-sized icebergs into the sea with thunderous cracks.

This chunk of ice measured 35 m long and 10 m wide before it fell.
 
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rafinmelb
Sep 13, 2009
    Probably won't end up in my top few, but that is because it IS a strong field and the blues here are not as big a part of the scene as in others. But really lovely shot. I particularly like the layering on the glacier.

Lo
Sep 13, 2009
    Despite wanting to visit new locations every time I travel, this is one cruise that I hope to have the opportunity to do again.

As to global warming, we were told that glaciers have advanced and retreated quite significantly many times in the past, and this is not out of the ordinary.

Having seen the vibrant blues of some of the other entries, I can see where I can't compete in that area. There are some absolutely stunning photos to choose from.

KJW
Sep 12, 2009
    Glaciers photos look familair from another challenge, looks like it is a beutiful sight to see in person but this photo to me doesn't pick up the blues vibrantly. Has to be amazing to see these espicially when the huge chunks of ice are breaking off, global warming?

Lo
Sep 11, 2009
    Yes, Laree, I was on a cruise ship, and the view of the glaciers was magnificent. There really isn't much of a lapse between hearing the ice crack and watching it fall. I was just plain lucky!

This is the true colour of the ice. It's a beautiful turquoise colour.

I agree that it is hard to judge the scale of the glacier - I found that was true even from where we were standing on board ship. Visual clues are at a minimum because nothing ventures too close to them, either ship or animal.

LaRee
Sep 11, 2009
    Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I love the colors and layers through the glacier. Were you on a cruise ship at the time?

Jade O.
Sep 10, 2009
    More green than blue to my eye; in fact in looks a little like natural jade! The strata adds interest but the composition is unfocused and unequal to the majesty of the place; this could be the height of a snowbank by a roadside given the lack of visual clues as to perspective.

slieb25
Sep 10, 2009
    This blue ice is truly beautiful, I had the opportunity to shoot a frozen waterfall a few years ago that had a very similar hue, many didn't believe it was natural, but your additional note about the blue color is a perfect description of why the human eye sees the ice as blue. I didn't get the sense of scale on this one, I would never have guessed the ice chunk to be as big as you described.
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