In the Midst of Glaciers

Hubbard 1                       Hubbard remnant

Dare I watch? Dare I breathe in this place,
where Nature’s breath and hand
hath created frozen beauty
over hundreds, nay thousands, of years?

Glaciers appear as still rivers
imperceptible flows of time
dip down from mountains of rock,
those dark monoliths of eternity.

Snow compressed, solidified
centuries of generation after generation
braids of blue crystal rivulets
between boundaries of sky and sea.

We float, this ship of humans,
bodies in the midst of your debris
slabs of flesh among slabs of ice
decades of life dwarfed in age and size.

Bits of time shed from the mother lode,
we, the detritus of humanity
make our way through the field of ice
looking backward as our ship retreats.

We are changed forever by this timeless place
one small ship in a glacier glory land
a fracture
in the eons of time.

Top two photos from aboard our ship, very very close to Hubbard Glacier. We had to move through an ice field from its “calving” — to get close this close — and we were privileged to see it calve — drop a huge mantle of ice with a thunderous sound!!! 

Mendenhall   Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau.Notes below.

us at laughton toeAlmost to the toe of Laughton near Skagway. 

Laughton ice     Laughton’s ice shelf. Melting into glacial stream.

us on stream   Us on hike back down. Notes below.

Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau. We hiked to a beach where we could look across a lake and see this magnificent site.  Next are photos of our hike all the way up to the “toe” of the Laughton Glacier near Skagway. We are standing by a glacier runoff stream — the sound alone was wondrous. Others are of us standing on the toe — incredible that we made it this high — right next to the glacier….you’ll see the ice shelf, crack in the ice.  Truly an amazing hike — exhausting but exhilarating!  We climbed through woods, then over fields of rocks and boulders to get here.  11 miles round trip to Laughton. Alaska: trip of a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “In the Midst of Glaciers

    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Stunning and surreal to stand in the evidence of Nature’s beauty, thousands of years in the making!

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    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Ah Paul. I treasure words like these from you.
      So glad to carry you with me on this magnificent journey!

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    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      These glaciers were magnificent to behold! So nice to see your enthusiastic response this morning, while arriving today in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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  1. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 26, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Your perfect words express my thoughts while gazing upon these magnificent and surreal images.
    Views such as these allows one it’s to believe in miracles.
    am:)

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    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Ah….sipping my morning coffee in Ketchikan today! So nice to see you this AM and glad you liked the piece. Hard to believe, but the photos do not do justice to these magnificent glaciers. We seemed such a speck in time standing there.

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    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Many thanks, Carol! So nice to read your words this morning in Ketchikan! 🙂

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  2. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb August 29, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Absolutely spectacular photos and poetry!

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    • lillian August 29, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Many thanks. Alaska in an awe inspiring place. We met many people who were smitten by her on a visit they took to Alaska 10, 15, 20 years ago — and they returned to live there.
      We were blessed to see the Northern Lights one night — I’m sure there will be a future post on that incredible night.
      Decompressing now — and stacking up laundry to sort through!

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