Yesterday i went to Courmayeur one of the italy's main town around the Monte Bianco.
I take three cableway to get to Aiguille du Midi in French territory. This picture shows 'la mer the glace' on the way back to Italy.
''The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is a glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps. At 7 kilometres long and 200 metres deep, it is the longest glacier in France.
It originates at an elevation of 2,400 metres where it is fed by the confluence of Glacier du Géant, Glacier de Lechaud and Cascade du Talèfre, north of Mont Tacul, and descends to 1,400 metres. It flows north-north-west between Aiguille du Moine on the east and Trélaporte on the west. Le Grand Dru lies to the north east. It was once easily visible from Chamonix, but has been shrinking and is now barely visible from below.
It lies in the Chamonix valley, it was the first place in the valley to have a ready-made tourist attraction.
The Mer de Glace, like all glaciers, is constantly renewed under the effect of two phenomena: accumulation, notably due to snowfall and ablation, essentially due to melting. The Mer de Glace flows permanently under the effect of its own weight, crusting crevasses, seracs or pockets of water to form, depending on the type of ground.
The glacier's speed, although not perceptible to the naked eye, is considerable. From more than 120 meters a year in its upper part, the Mer de Glace moves about 90 meters per year in the region of Montenvers, which is about one centimeter per hour.
As soon as the tensions intensify, the glacier is deformed and crevasses appear. These are notably transversal. When there is intense crevasse activity, the breaking-up of the glacier by the crevasses forms blocks of seracs.
The unidentified objects, of variable depth, depending on their positioning, may reach fifty metres. They always form in the same place because of the shape of the glacial valley in which the glacier flows. Disappearing downstream, they are renewed upstream.''
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stevesaba (8019) 2010-07-09 11:45
I would say this is a perfect shot in every way! Certainly the subject matter is absolutely stunning! I come from Canada so I am no stranger to tall mountains and glaciers, but this is a gorgeous range! Perfect sky with the clouds helping things out, and lovely crystal clear focus. Fine work, regards,
francio64 (38188) 2010-07-09 13:10
ottima luce e bel taglio stretto per questa piacevole vista di montagna.
Bello il contrasto cromatico tra il blu del cielo e il bianco della neve.
pauloog (11735) 2010-07-09 13:36
A beautiful mountain view, brought clear and sharp, a delight to look at.
paololg (31442) 2010-07-09 13:51
Ciao caro Alessandro,
mi fa piacere vedere questa immagine, perchè è un pò di anni che non ritorno sul versante francese del Monte Bianco. Spero che durante il tragitto da Punta Helbronner alla Aiguille du Midi non ci sia stato troppo vento! Eccellente gestione della forte luce, senza particolari sovraesposizioni. Bravissimo!
Ciao, passa un buon fine settimana!
Mari63 (4085) 2010-07-09 14:22
Splendida! ne sono incantata. Ottima composizione. Bravissimo Alessandro. Ciao Mari
Charo (51174) 2010-07-09 16:52
Buona sera Alessandro,
Ohhhhhhh...sono stato lì nel mese di aprile in una bella giornata, come i campioni che in foto.
Sono rimasto colpito dal declino del ghiaccio glaciale in così pochi anni.
Ottima prospettiva e splendida luce e colori.
Un caro saluto,
adores (28536) 2010-07-09 17:28
Good to see such a landscape in the summer :)! The view is wonderful and you got a perfect blue sky. I like the little clouds surrounding the top of the mountains!Good pov and shapness also!
edge (6068) 2010-07-09 18:37
Hello Alessandro, Back on line. Great glacier shot with the dark blue sky and compelling clouds looking down on this wonderful ice/snow covered mountainside. Great composition and this is a lovely blend of colors and a real feast for the eyes. Well done. Regards, Have a good weekend. Roger
wolf38 (28296) 2010-07-09 22:13
Hello Alessandro. You have skillfully captured this impressive mountain scenery with your camera. Really very schön.Ein Photo with ice is the right in this' summer heat. Best regards, Wolfgang.
raszid62 (18472) 2010-07-09 22:25
Il magnifico e maestoso delle Alpi, la bellezza delle montagne minacciose e la strada di ghiaccio. Super colori e la nitidezza molto buona.
pablominto (53744) 2010-07-09 23:41
A very wintery scene in the middle of summer!
Seems like a nice place to chill down on a hot summer day hehehe, might even enjoy some skiing in the sun...
A lovely composition showing this wild and beautiful landscape!
Fellini (6401) 2010-07-10 0:07
dopo l'inverno passato con tutta quella neve si possono rivedere zone come questa nel loro contensto più naturale. Perfette le condizioni di ripresa (più che un filtro UV avrei usato un polarizzatore in questo contesto) e molto buona la scelta del formato a 16:9.
Buon fine settimana
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-07-10 0:12
it's nice to see this cold atmosphere in these hot summer days
Fine colors and sharpness. Light well handled
Have a nice weekend
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-07-10 1:44
Ciao Alessandro! Superb landscape, amazing mountains and valley, excellent sky, good colours, very good exposure, original panorama, very original effect. Well done!
Nicou (98741) 2010-07-10 2:11
Fantastique vue de cette région de Mont Blanc, avec le beau glacier, quelle pureté montagneuse, un bol d'air pure, sueprbe vue alpines.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (37399) 2010-07-10 2:48
Beautiful winter scene. The mountains are very picturesque but also show their sharp teeth. Very well composed.
mkamionka (24806) 2010-07-10 2:57
wow, this is a spectacular mountain panorama.
Very impressive, the mountains are so sharp, really like they were scratching the clouds.
Beautiful view, TFS
Silvio1953 (99177) 2010-07-10 5:05
Ciao Alessandro, magnifico paesaggio alpino, fantastico cielo, impressionante il ghiacciaio, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
Fante (5429) 2010-07-10 13:41
excelent panoramic photo of this impressive glace valley. Amazing composition, strong vivid colors. Extremely good sharpness with good DOF. Congratulations.
JanD (0) 2010-07-11 3:31
Amazing iceland, amazing mountains, good long perspective, very fine shot.
HimalAnda (5756) 2010-07-11 9:54
What a perfect shot! The colors are gorgeous, and the panoramic format suits very well to this landscape.
Congratulations for this great picture.
adramad (27872) 2010-07-12 2:52
Impressive view these majestic peaks, its beauty is spectacular. Cons of the precious needles of rock, snow, clouds and sky in the background realted bellisimo.
Magnic sharpness, good color and brightness.
Have a nice day.
fayeulle (27823) 2010-07-12 8:10
I hope to have the same weather when I will go to the same place but coming from Chamonix. Spectacular landscape of ice and high mountains
yeln (11502) 2010-07-18 4:04
I am here again after a short absence.
great idea for a photo in such heat, which is present in those days. the colors are fantastic.
Thanks, you are sharing it with us, to help cool.
eenabotravel (173) 2010-08-15 8:26
Wow, what a beautiful image! Love everything in it, except the sky- it is too much darkened on the top, thus looking unrealistic and somehow distract the whole image.
Good job overall!
cornejo (18696) 2011-03-01 10:38
Alessandro cordials greetings. A very beautiful view of the mer de glace. A good photo, very well compound and executed, good work, congratulation. Have a nice week, thanks for sharing.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-09-23 6:41
What a spectacular view. I like the snow and the passing cloud over the mountains. The blue sky along with the white snow and gray mountain make the image very beautiful. Like the sharpness too. Well composed and framed.
ikeharel (38062) 2012-08-05 0:50
This glacier is seen very clearly in the Google-map I had attached to the pic. posted on the Mont-Blanc, thus to say it is also seen well from an airplane above.
Your picture shows well how the ice beeing "caught" with the mountains on sides, but this year there was not enough snow. Global warming.
Excelent depth achieved, on a fine clear day.
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (18607)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, 17-40 f/4 L USM Canon, 77 B+W MRC UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Italia luglio 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-07-09 10:01