10.03.2007

Juneau, Glaciers, Alaska,


This is the Grand Pacific glacier, seen at the end of the Tar Inslet, in Glacier Bay, Alaska. My camera is pretty ancient, so it's not the best, sorry. But it was hard to capture any image with such a monochromatic landscape. It was as if the sky, land and sea were all mufffled and subdued. When the ship cut it's engine so that we could float gently alongside this glacial beauty, it was absolutely silent. All that I saw, from the ship's railings to the diaphanous blue turrets and minarets of the glacier's seracs were enveloped in a grey mist, like a cloak from Loth-Lorien. (Did I really just use a LOTR elf reference? Oh dear. Hey, at least I didn't start writing in elf runes. Cart me away when that happens, okay?)

Oh-and here we are at the Mendenhall glacier and Mendenhall lake which was strewn with icebergs. Our Juneauian (?) friend, Treavor used to swim in it when he was a kid. I guess there was a hidden sand bar that somehow made it much warmer to swim in, and tourists used to take photos of Treavor and his wild Alaskan clansmen swimming near the icebergs. This glacier is receding, although not all of them are receding, some are growing, but Al Gore keeps that one pretty quiet, dontcha think?

Okay, too tired to type.
Next time at least one from this list:
*My Most Embarassing Moment on the Cruise (In Which I Crash A Life Boat Drill)
*Update on October in the Garden (Key Ingredient: Procrastination)
*Review and recommendation of 'The Tale of Desperaux', by Kate DiCamillo
But later, later.
Good night kittens, Goodnight mittens!

3 comments:

jessica said...

how beautiful! the photo of the glacier at the top is splendid! there's nothing against which to check the size: it could be absolutely huge or just as high as a man...how far away from it were you?

rosa said...

Wow! I think I just published this, and you are right there! I think the glacier was pretty tall, but it was hard for us to guess, as well, there wasn't much to compare it to in real life, either. We were about 200 yards from this glacier when I took the photo, but we were out at sea, so somehow the distance seemed skewed. When we viewed a glacier from the land, in Juneau, it was obvious that the glacier was just massive. I think 100 ft high, and it extended for I think 25 miles down the valley that it was slowly carving. I wish I had a way of judging it, I might have to do some research and get back to you. Give Edinburgh a kiss from me! (At your discretion, of course!)

jessica said...

consider edinburgh kissed! though its a bit grimey today, so it had to be an air kiss.

icebergs and all things glacial are fantastic. i went to iceland a few years ago and saw this massive waterfall stretched between two rocky craigs. through the mist it looked close enough and small enough to take the walk down to it without making my grandparents wait too long. twenty minutes later and the bottom of the footpath hadn not been reached, though once reached it was one of the most impressive things i had ever seen. nevermind the massive gouge in the earth filled with freezing water surrounded by sheer sides that a tourist fell into and couldn't get out.

i'm looking forward to the most embarassing moment on the cruise post.

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  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
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  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
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  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
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