Audibly grumbling and rumbling it’s way along the valley was the sleeping ice giant. This is what I’d always imagined a glacier would look like. A long snake of ice, carving it’s way through solid rock. Just like the rivers there were smoother calmer patches and ‘rapids’ when the walls of frozen water dropped steeply. Moving down the valley millimetre by millimetre the glacier is effectively a river in slow motion, but with amplified erosive power. Only seeming static to the eyes of short living creatures like ourselves. Much like a sleeping human must seem to the bees and flies.
This is probably my favourite view of the Dart Glacier, and believe me I took plenty of pictures from all the angles! The shot’s taken about halfway between the foot of the glacier and the Saddle.
I read that the Dart Glacier is retracting by 50 metres a year, it will be all gone in 80 to 100 years. It’s sad to think that this amazing view will be lost forever in just a few years..
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