Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Watching a glacier disappear

The person on the bench is watching the glacier Engabreen, which is an arm of the much larger glacier called Svartisen. Since 2004 it has retreated about 100m.

27 comments:

imac said...

Neat shot my friend, I guess there would be flooding if it goes on melting.

Marie said...

Eit lite stykke norsk villmark me ennå har anledning til å studere...

Mannen gir liv til bildet. Fint at fargen på fonna kjem igjen i vatnet i ein mildare lysare nyanse.

Karen Xavier said...

wow, I've never seen a picture like this... looks spectacular. Imagine that, nature unfolding right in front of you. Great blog.
Karen Xavier.

theartofbalancing said...

For er kult bilde! Jeg liker kontrasten mellom de varme og kalde fargene. Bare så trist at isbreen trekker seg tilbake.. Lurer på hvordan de ser ut om femti år..?

E Squared and Mui said...

Thanks for the comment on my Hornsund post. I agree, you must visit Svalbard.

The world's glaciers are mostly in retreat, and that is very sad. I really like how you show the man watching the glacier ... makes one want to ask him what he's thinking. I'm so glad that our voyage to Svalbard afforded us the chance for our own ice contemplations.

Prospero said...

Perhaps he has a gelid look, almost daring the glacier to reconstitute itself.

HansHB said...

Flott bilde, liker utsnittet og komposisjonen! Gode farger som er med på å gi bildet et godt uttrykk!
Ha en fin torsdag.

Frida @ Pixelbloggen.se said...

My mother in law has almost the same picture of svartisen. I think it would be nice to visit some day.

Woody said...

I was going to joke that he had to wait a long time, but it's no joke :-(

That's a very humbling view - it makes you realize how long that ice has been there.

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

Nydelig bilde.
Takk for hyggelig hilsen på bloggen min.
Berit.

becky said...

Hi Rune,
I have a picture similar to this...we were on tour in 2009 and were taken to a lake that formed as a result of the melting glacier. I wonder how many of these there are around Norway...and wonder if this was the same glacier...

Also,
thank you, good friend, for the kind and generous comments about my job loss...retirement, I guess. I'll keep your advice about finding one main purpose supported by a few others...I'll avoid dabbling in this and that or spreading myself to thin.
I recognize these as wise words. Thanks!

Ken Mac said...

totally surreal

Malyss said...

It's always sad to see a natural giant disappearing..Same sorrow when a tall tree is cut, and this awful feeling that we can't save it.
The bench here seems to be like an old friend offering a shoulder for tears, and sharing the pain in silence..

Abraham Lincoln said...

There will be a price to be paid for this Global Warming. I don't think I will be left here to suffer through the consequences but maybe I will if it comes sooner than later.

We had the Little Ice Age in more recent times. Maybe we will have another of those and bring things like this glacier back to normal.

Birdman said...

This is even slower than watciing grass grow.

GAWO said...

Et fint bilde, og etter min mening har det mye symbolikk i seg. Det er bare å se etter det :-)

Rart med de brearmene som krymper sånn nå. Men jeg har hørt at selve breen vokser i høyden. Vet ikke om det er riktig, og kanskje ikke for akkurat denne.

Jeni said...

What an amazing photograph of what has to be a really amazing event!

lynnwiles said...

A lovely view, but a sad commentary on what we are doing to our Mother Earth.

Petunia said...

Vi får håpe at dette går litt mer langsommere enn å se på maling tørke;)
Men fra spøk til alvor. Det er skremmende å se hvor mye breene har smeltet siste årene.
God helg til deg:)

Lynda Lehmann said...

Nice capture, Runee. I hate facing the fact that the ice caps are melting and the glaciers are disappearing. And some folks still insist there's no climate change!

Anne said...

Hadde vært sinnsykt spnennede en gang, brevandring :-)

Barbara said...

That really brings home how real global warming is. It's a great image.

Dina said...

Living glaciers are so marvelous. What a shame that many are disappearing.

EG Wow said...

How sad that the glacier is retreating so quickly!

-K- said...

A very impressive photo although I'm afraid the worst is yet to come.

truels said...

Fine and very symbolic photo - I really hope, that we can change our way of life and invest in renewable energy, so the glacier may not disappear completely ...

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Impressive photo. Punctuates the debate about climate change.