April 1, 2014

Glacial Place

Photograph by Snehal Gaikwad, National Geographic Your Shot

"Mountaineering and ice climbing are among my greatest thrills—they give me the feeling of working with nature to push myself beyond the limits," says Your Shot contributor Snehal "Neil" Gaikwad. "Being a mathematician, I am scientifically and philosophically attracted to this aerial photograph, captured during an adventure trip to the Mendenhall Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska. While the helicopter was cutting through fog and wind, I was patiently waiting for the best visibility and this aha! moment."

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24 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Your patience was rewarded. Well done.

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

it looks like someone got killed here in the snowy weather

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

Una roca en el arroyo.


Cuando el sol

desciende en

el sendero una

candida luz

ilumina el llanto

de una rima

gozosa.


Francesco Sinibaldi


Elly Kelly
Elly Kelly

The sheer scale is always the hardest bit to grasp. These sorts of photos never normally have a house or a person or an animal anywhere to give you a reasonable measure of it, but I bet the vastness of this would be overwhelming if you were standing somewhere overlooking this.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A wonderous photograph,rich in texture and color. The blue and pink on the white, delicate to look at, with the very strong dark color on the left, as a direct contrast of the whole frame. Yet it all fits in.Not my favourite kind of picture, but certainly a good one.   j.e.s.......

Michele W.
Michele W.

Incredible texture detail & FAB subtle color!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Great shot and to have such a close up. Really revealing of how a glacier look for those like me that have never experienced this in real life. Much appreciated thank you.

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

That looks really great, like a weave of ice. From the perspective the picture is taken, it looks like the glacier is climbing a mountain, because the upper right point seams to be highest. But that could be the result of the helicopter view. The fog and the clouds show the picture in a mysterious light. The glacier supprises with a light brown colour widly present, apart from the typical blue, perhaps resulting from dust, that came from the mountains around. 

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