Archive for June, 2010

Kluane’s Surging Glacier

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

[by Fritz] A couple of weeks ago I joined a team from Parks Canada and Yukon Geological Survey going to Lowell Glacier in Kluane National Park. The Lowell is a stunningly photogenic glacier that spills into the Alsek River, and it’s currently surging. Normally glaciers move at a “glacial pace,” but occasionally some glaciers surge. Scientists are following its movements using time lapse cameras and webcams, and they were installing a monitoring station. Apparently the Lowell has advanced 1.5 km since last October. If a glacier can gallop, this one certainly is.

Teresa and I first visited the Lowell in 2001. It was gorgeous, and we stayed a few extra days. One day we got a surprise from the other side of the world. At the time we attributed the pink glow in the sky to forest fires but we found out later that global wind currents had carried clouds of dust to northern Canada from a desert storm in Mongolia. The Lowell was bathed in desert dust—a photographer’s dream. Mountain Goats and Glaciers won the Landscape category in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition in 2003. We also made a poster of Kluane National Park featuring this photograph.

Feeling the Freedom

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

[by Teresa]: This summer marks four years since the arrival of our two new roommates. As friends and family know, having twins pretty much blindsided us. After a dozen years as a totally self-absorbed, adventuring couple, our household doubled in size and practically everything came to a screeching halt. No sleep, no perspective, no ability to work: that first year was a blur.

Fast-forward to last summer, when our intrepid three-year-olds tagged along on all kinds of adventures. For a week they sat at the edge of a remote river watching grizzly bears feast on salmon a few yards away. They camped out on the back of a ferry. They went on assignment for Canadian Geographic. And now they play together while we get back to what we used to do a lot more of: talking shop about photography, about stories, about shelved plans that are being dusted off. These kids rock.

It took a lot of effort and adjustment to get from two sets of diapers to two pairs of hiking boots, but we made it. Their enthusiasm for ‘bentures’ is infectious, so this year promises lots of family-friendly exploits: scaling volcanoes, learning their wildflowers, more helicopter flights, loads of time sleeping in a tent.