Ice.

January 21, 2013 § 2 Comments

“She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue: sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so.” – Malinda Lo

 

 

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Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

http://www.canadian-travel.ca/20/kluane-national-park-and-reserve-of-canada/kluane-glacier/

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“ice contains no future , just the past, sealed away. As if they’re alive, everything in the world is sealed up inside, clear and distinct. Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way- cleanly, clearly. That’s the essence of ice, the role it plays.” – Haruki Murakami

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 icefields of Kluane National Park and Reserve

icefields of Kluane National Park and Reserve

http://www.gonomad.com/transports/1111/canada-alaska-by-sideroads-and-waterways.html

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“One of the reasons there are so many terms for conditions of ice is that the mariners observing it were often trapped in it, and had nothing to do except look at it.” – Alec Wilkenson

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Kluane National Park aerial

Kluane National Park aerial

St. Elias Mountains

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/kluane/natcul.aspx

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“Outside, the sky was clear, stars gleaming in its ebony vastness like celestial fireflies. It was bitterly cold, and Hywel’s every breath trailed after him in pale puffs of smoke. The glazed snow crackled underfoot as he started towards the great hall.” – Sharon Kay Penman

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Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

http://newspaperrock.bluecorncomics.com/2012/07/canadian-parks-incorporate-native.html

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“Outside the window, there slides past that unimaginable and deserted vastness where night is coming on, the sun declining in ghastly blood-streaked splendour like a public execution across, it would seem, half a continent, where live only bears and shooting stars and the wolves who lap congealing ice from water that holds within it the entire sky. All white with snow as if under dustsheets, as if laid away eternally as soon as brought back from the shop, never to be used or touched. Horrors! And, as on a cyclorama, this unnatural spectacle rolls past at twenty-odd miles an hour in a tidy frame of lace curtains only a little the worse for soot and drapes of a heavy velvet of dark, dusty blue.” – Angelea Carter

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Stairway Glacier (Kaskawulsh Glacier), Kluane National Park & Reserve

Stairway Glacier (Kaskawulsh Glacier), Kluane National Park & Reserve

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17216261

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“When the cold comes to New England it arrives in sheets of sleet and ice. In December, the wind wraps itself around bare trees and twists in between husbands and wives asleep in their beds. It shakes the shingles from the roofs and sifts through cracks in the plaster. The only green things left are the holly bushes and the old boxwood hedges in the village, and these are often painted white with snow. Chipmunks and weasels come to nest in basements and barns; owls find their way into attics. At night,the dark is blue and bluer still, as sapphire of night.” – Alice Hoffman

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Kluane National Park and Reserve

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Kluane National Park and Reserve is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest, non-polar ice field. This land of high mountains, immense icefields, surging glaciers, and lush valleys features one of the most diverse varieties of plants and wildlife in northern Canada, including Dall sheep, grizzly and black bears. Part of a vast international preserve designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kluane is the homeland of the Champagne and Aishihik as well as the Kluane First Nations, who are cooperative managers of the park.

http://www.cbc.ca/liverightnow/a-park-for-every-province.html

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Kluane NP

Kluane NP

 

The 22 000 square kilometre Kluane National Park is set like a jewel in the southwestern corner of the Yukon between northeastern British Columbia and the tidewaters of the Alaskan panhandle. Much of the park’s 129 kilometre northern boundary is made up of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road. The Alsek, known for its big water rapids created by the tremendous volume of water it drains from the St. Elias Mountains, is so swift it appears that native people have entirely avoided using it for travel or trade routes. Lowell Glacier’s immense and spectacular advances and retreats have periodically blocked the Alsek causing flooding that over the centuries has greatly affected the vegetation and wildlife in the low-lying valleys.

http://www.greatcanadianparks.com/yukon/kluannp/index.htm#

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“Not a visible enthusiasm but a hidden one, an excitement burning with a cold flame.” – Patrick Suskind

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§ 2 Responses to Ice.

  • Quite appropriate with the weather we’re having in the UK at the moment!

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Hi Chrissie. I saw that Heathdrow cancelled flights over snow a few days ago. It’s going to be very cold here in southeastern Pennsylvania this week. Actually, the cold temperatures make it feel like it is Winter! :^)

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