across the sea towards the ice

across the sea towards the ice

Originally uploaded by kaiyen

The last stop on our cruise to Alaska was to look at the giant Hubbard Glacier, which is easy to access even by large ships. It’s not so big that giant iceberg-sized chunks calve off of it, of course, but it’s still quite impressive.

Ice of course reflects the wavelength of light that hits it, so in color the glacier looks like this mess of black and very bright blue (the sky). The black is the moraine, which is all the little bits of rock that the glacier picks up as it grinds its way towards its end point. Actually, some of those bits are huge – Central Park in NYC was created by a glacier, and there are some serious boulders there.

It was a cold day and no, I didn’t get any especially impressive photos of ice calving, but it was still pretty neat to be that close to the edge of a glacier, after having actually hiked on one by Juneau a few days previous.

Between the reflections on the water and the ice itself, plus the layered look of the mountains behind, I thought converting this one to black and white worked well.

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