The Athabasca Glacier

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I noticed it in the rear view mirror.  A brilliant display of purple wildflowers resting in the shadow of the Athabasca Glacier.  After pulling the car over abruptly, I ran into the middle of the field, camera and tripod in hand.  From this perspective, the Glacier appeared massive and powerful. This is the way I wanted to remember it.  I used a 4 stop neutral density filter in order to hold detail in both the sky and foreground.  Then, with a small aperture, and slow shutter speed, I made this photo.  It was bittersweet, as I knew this scene would not last forever.  A few minutes earlier, I stood at the base of the Glacier, and saw just how fragile it had become.  Having lost over half it's volume in the last 125 years, it's now more parking lot than it is ice.   As nature photographers, it's up to us to preserve these areas, and do what we can to educate others about our natural world.  As conservationist Jane Goodall said, "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference".

 

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