Entering the Enchanted Realm

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    This image is from the 12 day winter tour around Iceland together with Örvar from www.flickr.com/photos/orvaratli/.

    Entering the deep blue of this 50 m (164 ft) long, 10 m (33 ft) wide and 1.8 m (6 ft) high ice cave on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell, Iceland caused an awe-inspiring atmosphere. This up to 1000 years old snow has metamorphosed into highly pressurized glacier ice that contains almost no air bubbles. Thus it absorbs the visible light despite the scattered shortest blue fraction, giving it its distinct deep blue waved appearance. This cavity in the glacier ice formed as a result of a glacial mill, or moulin. Rain and meltwater on the glacier surface is channelled into streams that enter the glacier at crevices. The waterfall melts a hole into the glacier while the ponded water drains towards lower elevations by forming long ice caves with an outlet at the terminus of the glacier. The fine grained sediments in the water along with wind blown sediments cause the frozen meltwater stream to appear in a muddy colour while the top of the cave exhibits the deep blue colour. Due to the fast movement of the glacier of about 1 m per day over uneven terrain this ice cave cracked up at its end into a deep vertical crevice, called cerrac. This causes the indirect daylight to enter the ice cave from both ends resulting in homogeneous lighting of the ice tunnel.

    January 2011
    Canon 5D MkII, Canon L 16-35 mm, f/16, 30 sec, ISO 50, tripod

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    1. Chris_Mann66 32 months ago | reply

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      Stunning shot

    2. Michael Scott Schneider 32 months ago | reply

      No effing way........

    3. jeepernestino 31 months ago | reply

      wow! incredible place!

    4. A.Giudice Photographer [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

      Another awesome shot!!!!!!!

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    6. OIa Flåten 25 months ago | reply

      I've been looking for the source of this photo for a long time! Unbelievable!

    7. Philip Kuntz 24 months ago | reply

      Stellar works! This is spectacular!

    8. Harold vd Berge 21 months ago | reply

      Impressive shot!!

    9. • ian 20 months ago | reply

      Incredibly beautiful.
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    10. ~TB~Photography 19 months ago | reply

      Awe inspiring indeed, a beautiful, breath-taking capture!

    11. Justabird2 18 months ago | reply

      This is stunning, Christian!! Wowee!! What a great shot of this cave. I really love your ice cave shots. Just out of this world...specially for this Florida born girl!! ;) angie from FL

    12. coach48 18 months ago | reply

      Irresistible vision……………!!!!

    13. NikB. 18 months ago | reply

      Wow. What a great place. I want to go.

    14. Turk Images 17 months ago | reply

      Spectacular colours and shapes captured here!!


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    15. apefreeze [deleted] 16 months ago | reply

      Awesome formation!

      Your image is truly exceptional

      Truly excellent and high quality images, Post 1 Award 2 :)

    16. MVD FOTOGRAFIE 16 months ago | reply

      What a very nice photo. Bravo ...

    17. catdancin' 14 months ago | reply

      ~ Absolutely beautiful

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