Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Ice Plate Tectonics, Mendenhall Lake

The icy skin covering Mendenhall Lake is very dynamic, as I witnessed when a couple of icebergs turned over. The resulting waves moving underneath the lake ice eventually shattered the shore ice and pushed it up and over existing ice, creating impressive scenes of ice plate tectonics.

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Fragile Existence

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A series of thaw holes have melted right through shore ice along Mendenhall Lake. When I captured this scene, this sheet of ice was precariously thin. By now it probably has collapsed into the lake water, continuing the endless water cycle. The perspective of this image can be related to our own lives. The surface can be bright and smooth, and the perspective clear. But tragic events can burn holes through our fragile existence, and reveal a dark and blurry realm full of uncertainties and uncharted terrain below. I just learned from a friend about how her son had suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, so this perspective reminded me theirs, as they are forced to navigate without a compass through this incredibly difficult challenge. My thoughts are with them.

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
Shore Ice

Open water is now visible just about 1 mile outside of Nome. With changing tides, a huge lead has opened up between the shore ice and the moving ice pack. Few creatures venture to this extreme edge. The exception is a lone fox, whose tracks bear witness of his passage. Out in the ocean, I saw a couple of seals taking advantage of the lead as their head popped up through the glassy surface to catch their breath.

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