Category: Travel Photo Thursday

National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

Ask any reader of National Geographic magazine “Why do you subscribe?” and you’ll be told “It’s the photos, stupid!”

Although the magazine features some of the best-written stories about people and places you’ll find in any periodical, it has always been the photos used to illustrate the stories that has set off “NG” from other monthly publications.

An unexpected re-routing of a weekly hike that a local group that I recently joined does every Friday led me to discover yet more evidence of the preeminence of National Geographic photographers.

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In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

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Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

According to the Glacier Bay National Park Website,

“When Captain George Vancouver charted adjacent waters of Icy Strait in 1794, he and his crew described what we now call Glacier Bay as just a small five-mile indent in a gigantic glacier that stretched off to the horizon. That massive glacier was more than 4,000 feet thick in places, up to 20 miles wide, and extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias mountain range.

“By 1879, however, naturalist John Muir discovered that the ice had retreated more than 30 miles forming an actual bay.

“By 1916, the Grand Pacific Glacier – the main glacier credited with carving the bay – had melted back 60 miles to the head of what is now Tarr Inlet.”

Modern-day visitors to the park can sail far up into the bay, either in their own craft, on a cruise ship, or a park concessionaire tour boat, and get fairly “up close and personal” with the remaining glaciers.

Glacier Bay CollageBut not everything at Glacier Bay worth seeing and photographing is made of ice.

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