Next to my love for desert, there is big love for glaciers. Standing next to such a mass of ice that was there for thousands of years definitely gives feeling of respect. You realise how small we are, might it be in actual size or call it life/time experience.
I've already seen glaciers in different places (Norway, Iceland, Alaska or Canada) but never had a chance to actually be inside of one. In my trip to Swiss I've discovered that you can experience it at Rhone Glacier/Rhonegletscher near the Furka Highway.
The upper end of the Rhone valley are the Dammastock mountains. The road, which followed the Rhone uphill, divides now into two branches, one going up the Grimsel pass (2165m asl.) to the north, the other one going up the Furka pass (2431m asl.) to the east. Inbetween lies the Rhone Glacier, one of the big glaciers of the Alps. The melting water of this glacier are the spring of the Rhone.
The warm climate of the last 100 years, maybe partly produced by man and his air pollution, is the reason for the shrinking glaciers of the world. And the Rhone Glacier is no exception. His end is today 200m higher than it was at the beginning of the century.
Inside the glacier is a tourist attraction, called Eisgrotte Rhonegletscher (Ice Cave Rhone Glacier). Despite the name it is an artificial glacier cave, as it is located inside the ice of a glacier. An ice cave is defined as a cave in rocks containing ice.
This cave is artificial, dug out by four men, which takes one month. And this work has to be repeated every year, as the glacier moves all the time, at a speed of about 30 to 40 meters per year, destroying the cavern slowly. New ice is formed by snow on top of the glacier, moving slowly downhill until it melts at the lower end. Also the seasons of the year have an influence on the glacier. But all those processes are very slow, making the ice of the glacier with its content of dust and pollen from the air, an ideal archive of vegetation from the last some 100,000 years.
It is easy to understand, why the scientists use this cave, but it is also a tourist attraction. To walk through a bluegreen tunnel, glowing from the sunlight outside, is very impressive.
This link gives you 360 view at the glacier:
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mrcrow (3993) 2005-10-26 11:42
this looks like the entrance to the past..
very blue shot..
have you seen any items held in glaciers...sort of frozen in time..
i will put glaciers on my list next time i visit the northern countries.
rhizomes (15343) 2005-10-26 12:03
Very nice picture !
The blue is really impressive and presents a complete variation of this color.
alainh (35579) 2005-10-26 13:36
un bleu magique.
une tres belle image dans le ventre du géant.
la note vaut son pesant de cacahuetes !!!
Clairedelune (4923) 2005-10-26 19:37
I don't know exactly why, I can't explain it, but the first word that came to my mind when I saw that picture was: purity. And I see easily a parallel between glacier and desert. The blue color is very nice and I like the fact that there is "light at the end of the tunnel"! Really well done!
vinicio (23415) 2005-10-27 4:21
Hi Lucie, very nice colors and fascinating place, I like visit the coves in the glaciers, well done.
simonekarl (404) 2005-10-27 8:27
Very interesting compo, I like the fact that you choose to incude the bend, and got give us a striaght view. The blue reminds the viewer about the cold... brrrr!
Interesting loves you have, Desert and Glacier! Is there a country you've visited that has both??
capthaddock (28790) 2005-10-27 9:48
Hi Lucie - fantastic shades of blue, which despite being artificial, is very impressive, and it's good to hear that it has a scientific purpose in addition to its tourism profit one.
Gdouble (0) 2005-10-28 9:22
You're in love with great loneliness, it'seems.
But it gives us such great shots.
Valentia (1522) 2005-10-29 11:10
Brrrrrrrrr! Wow it feels cold! Beautiful light and composition.
cessy (13647) 2005-11-01 14:19
I have never seen glacier, nor going inside one
fantastic shot, excellent control of exposure
very well done
sengir (4956) 2005-11-02 17:05
yeah, that seems cool :) to be inside the glacier. I love Your portfolio, have you seen akterf photos (here in TE)? He is also into desserts and glaciers.
robiuk (10807) 2006-01-12 15:52
great photos in your portfolio - and I'm still on the first/last page of thumbnails in your portfolio.
A few reasons why I decided to include you in my favourites, Lucinka... one of them being your sensibility!
deud (1920) 2006-01-23 8:34
wow! what a colour! very strange and misterious entrance. tfs
jubs (230) 2006-01-27 5:47
This is an amazing shot which has captured an enviable adventure. Thanks for the interesting note.
TomekWalkiewicz (233) 2006-01-27 10:11
nels (2619) 2006-03-08 10:23
hi lucie stunning lighting and colours to walk inside a glacier must be magic
it must a special dedication to re did it year after year tfs.
Xplorator (667) 2006-07-18 22:40
I understand you very much I love the same things. I live in the desert and travel to ends of Earth to climb ice!
SchwebagMike (1490) 2006-08-23 13:59
That's a very impressive view from that interesting place through a glacier! TFS, Mike
MikiM (1924) 2006-09-13 18:01
This is amazing. The blue is my favourite - and it's like a dreamworld.
Thank you for sharing this experience in picture and in words too.
satyakibanerjee (19) 2010-03-10 3:07
- Copyright: Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) (9976)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 350D Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 18-200 f3.5/6.3
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Snow - Ice / Neige- Glace, Monochromatic Color, BLUE COLOUR, BLUE COLOUR 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 11:39
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