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. NikB. 51 months ago | reply

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

    2. Turk Images 51 months ago | reply

      Spectacular colours and shapes captured here!!

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    3. apefreeze [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      Awesome formation!

      Your image is truly exceptional

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

    4. Marco van Dijk Fotografie 49 months ago | reply

      What a very nice photo. Bravo ...

    5. Cat Dancin' [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      ~ Absolutely beautiful

    6. ~Simmy~ 16 months ago | reply

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    7. ~Simmy~ 15 months ago | reply


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    11. Eden Bromfield 14 months ago | reply

      Phenomenal imagery!

    12. martinap.1 6 months ago | reply

      wow... wonderful picture👍😊

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