Photographer's Note


Anyone who has visited Norway knows of the country’s extraordinary attraction to inhabitants and visitors alike — unbridled natural beauty, the attractive descendents of the Vikings, and a low population density. Nowhere else are there such beautiful fjords. Geirangerfjord, seen in this photograph is approximately 700 meters (over 2000 feet) in depth, one of the deepest among the myriad magical coves on the western coast of Norway. Like the other fjords, it was carved during the glaciation period, or ice age — spanning the period 1.3 million to 11,000 years ago. Large boulders pulled along by retreating glaciers created many of the deep valleys by abrasive action.

During the June of 1994 I was serving as the cultural enrichment lecturer on the beautiful small cruise ship, the Royal Viking Queen, which had started from Tower Bridge on the Thames River in London and sailed to Bergen, then meandered up the coast of Norway to the North Cape. Early one morning, as the ship sailed into the Geirangerfjord, the rain and fog seemed impenetrable. A photo I posted a year and a half ago, the Floating Deck, was shot with the all pervasive mist and drizzle. At the end of the day, as the Queen sailed out of the fjord, the weather cleared up, and I captured this shot of the the waterfalls, “The Seven Sisters,” illuminated by sunlight refracted through the veil of water. I recently scanned the 15-year old Kodachrome slide for Trekearth.

It is a pleasure to dedicate this image to two Norwegian friends on Trekearth, Pablo Minto and Jack R. Johanson.

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