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Subzero

By CraigBill    
Glaciers hide away some of the most fascinating visual experiences. The play of light inside desert stone slot canyons is startling enough, but in the ice caves and crevasses of ice worlds, the light bouncing and refracting on and inside the translucent walls is divine. The blue color is even more unique due to the filtered sunlight and plunging subzero temperatures. Sometimes this is referred to as glacier blue because it is so unique.

On this day, the temperature was hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit. As you approach the crevasse, your feet fell the crunching ice and your soul, the perfect stillness. You can psychologically feel the mega-tons of ice walls around you, especially as you squeeze through the tight passages. And then, as you stand there, you hear the occasional creaking of the moving glacier around you - reminding yourself that this environment is actually more like a liquid, albeit the slowest flowing liquid you can think of. And this can take hundreds of years to gouge and carve the valleys corralling them. In fact, the ice I was standing in began its journey around the time Columbus explored the new world. However, climate change is so obvious to the scientists as they describe how the edge of the Matanuska Glacier among others is receding noticeably every year.

Unfortunately, you can not visit the location where “Subzero” was captured because the ice changes every week or so - opening new crevasses and closing existing ones. Rock solid tsunami wall of ancient water, but incredibly dynamic and alive.

Tags: Winter Ice Glacier Cave Alaska Landscape and travel

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Tooma Plus
4 2.2k 3 Scotland
10 Mar 2020 12:26AM
It really is a beautiful array of blues, and so organic looking. A wonderful image. Smile
10 Mar 2020 12:57AM
These are so amazing. So thanks for sharing. So that little 'path' you see in front, how wide is that actually? half a meter? the only thing that is hard with these pictures, is to get a right sense of scale. Which doesn't make it less beautiful btw. Just makes me wonder. It must be very hard to photograph in those spaces and in those conditions.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2020 2:14AM
Excellent composition. what an intriguing subject...
Isabel GrinGrin
10 Mar 2020 7:38AM
Beautiful capture.
10 Mar 2020 9:18AM
Beautiful image and interesting description.
10 Mar 2020 3:34PM

Quote:These are so amazing. So thanks for sharing. So that little 'path' you see in front, how wide is that actually? half a meter? the only thing that is hard with these pictures, is to get a right sense of scale. Which doesn't make it less beautiful btw. Just makes me wonder. It must be very hard to photograph in those spaces and in those conditions.


You're so right... it is hard to get a feel for space in many photos. The passage ahead was less than half a meter, and a little further and I had to squeeze through a crack. BTW, that is looking back onto the way I got in.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
10 Mar 2020 4:23PM
Very nice indeed.

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