Nature’s ‘Glass’

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured near the LeConte Glacier in Alaska, in 2006. I believe one of these was previously published, but the second one is new to my blog.

Icebergs are basically chunks of a glacier that break off (“calve”) from the glacier and then float around in the frigid waters, until they melt. Glacial ice, from where icebergs come, is a very tightly-compressed ice. On a cloudy day, these often give a brilliant blue appearance, as these images show:

Blue Iceberg

Blue Iceberg

These images are somewhat different than the typical icebergs one would see in Alaskan waters. The above icebergs have “flipped upside down”, showing the portion that is normally underwater. These super-smooth bergs resemble large chunks of blue glass!


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 10D body
  • Canon 28-135 mm, f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 56 mm (#1) and 120 mm (#2)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/90 sec. and 1/180 sec.



Posted in Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography.
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