I love photographing ice!
In Alaska the ice I photographed while working for Lindblad Expeditions recently was formed when snow fell a couple of hundred years ago on glacial terrain. Repeated snowfall buries and compresses previous layers. This compression forces the snow to re-crystallize and gradually increase in density with the air pockets getting ever smaller until ice is formed.
The coastal mountains along Alaska’s inside passage are home to some of the largest glaciers outside of the polar region. The close proximity of the Pacific Ocean to this region’s high mountains helps make these glaciers especially dynamic and calving of ice at the glacial face is very common.
The fiords leading to the glaciers are filled with ice chunks of all shapes and sizes. They are ephemeral objects of nature, and any images of them are unique to a time and place that cannot be replicated which makes ice photography so interesting and fun.
Here is a small gallery of images I took of the ice I encountered, please enjoy them and feel free to share the link!