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Matanuska Glacier, Alaska USA

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.

Limited Editions 100

Artist Proofs 5

Judge's comment: "Sensual curves and shapes, intriguing luminescence and glow around the image, excellent detail up close, well handled highlight and shadow areas. Unusual composition, but it works somehow!"

ePHOTOzine Highly Commended Award, Reader's Choice Award 2020

BetterPhoto 2nd Place March, Photo of the Day May 2020

Shoot The Frame STF Finalist May 2020

Natures Best Photography Int'l Awards Semi Finalist 2020

RISE Int'l Photography Awards 2020 Silver

ND Awards 2020 Honorable Mention

EPSON Int'l Pano Awards 2020 Silver Awarded

The Chromatic International Awards 2020 Honorable Mention

World's Top 10 Landscape Photography Awards 2020 Finalist Award

One Eyeland Awards 2020 Bronze Awarded

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