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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 keyhole shaped ice cave, your feet feel the crunching snow and your sense of adventure is on fire.  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.


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Limited Editions 100

Artist Proofs 5

Matanuska Glacier, Alaska, USA

Judge's Comment: "Superb texture and lighting on the ice gives it form and dimension... Very well handled lighting conditions and depth of field in a tricky situation to do so, fantastic!"

MUSE Int'l Photography Awards 2023 Platinum Trophy Award
Outdoor Photographer Magazine Finalist The American Landscape Contest 2020

WPE Europe Awards 2020 Silver Awarded
ePHOTOzine Editor's Choice Award, Photo of the Day, Reader's Choice Award
One Eyeland Photo of the Day May 2020
BetterPhoto April Finalist 2020
Shoot The Frame STF Finalist May 2020
I-SHOT-IT Mark of Excellence 2020
Pixoto Best of Month June 2020
Natures Best Photography Int'l Awards Semi Finalist 2020
Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020 SILVER
RISE Int'l Photography Awards 2020 Silver
Int"l Photography Awards IPA 2020 Honorable Mention
ND Awards 2020 Honorable Mention
Tokyo Int'l Foto Awards 2020/2021 Bronze Award
World's Top 10 Landscape Photographers Awards 2020 Bronze Award
APA Annual Photography Awards 2020 Honorable Mention
ReFocus Annual Photography Awards 2023 Nominee
MPI Master Photo Image Challenge 2022 Silver Award

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