Mendenhall Glacier Cave, Juneau, AK, June 2013

This was my third hike to the glacier cave at Mendenhall Glacier that has been the “go to” cave for the past few years. I went in July 2011 and October 2011 – for moving at glacial speeds, it’s amazing how much has changed in between visits!

Much more of the face has calved off and melted over these two short years and the entrance to the cave itself has receded at least 100 feet. It actually looks a bit more stable now, as the previous ice outcropping that was at the entrance before was relatively thin looking. Inside the cave is just as amazing – the bluest of blues and the sound of water rushing under the glacier. If you go, be safe and bring rain gear!

Enjoy the photos.

Glacier Cave Entrance

Glacier Cave Entrance

Peering In

Peering In

Looking Out

Looking Out

On the Glacier

On the Glacier

Hiking Out

Hiking Out

Glacier Dog

Glacier Dog

Lower Glacier

Lower Glacier "Cave"

West Glacier Unnamed Creek

West Glacier Unnamed Creek

Glacier Cave EntrancePeering InLooking OutOn the GlacierHiking OutGlacier DogLower Glacier "Cave"West Glacier Unnamed Creek

Exhibit: December 2, 2011 @ 2nd Street Heritage Coffee Company

It’s been a long, long time since my last photo exhibit, but I’m proud and very excited to announce that I will have a collection of glacier cave photos on display at the Heritage Coffee Company’s¬†location at 216 2nd Street in¬†downtown Juneau.

The exhibit will open for Gallery Walk, this Friday, December 2nd, and will remain up for the remainder of the month.

If you are interested in purchasing a print you see on the wall, the large rectangular (16×20) and large panoramic (10×30) prints are $60/ea, and the square (12×12) and small panoramic (10×20) prints are $40/ea.

Here’s the official show blurb:

“Beneath the Mendenhall”

Glacier caves are formed when water runs through or under a glacier, the warmth of which melts the glacial ice to form an air-filled cavity. Having the Mendenhall Glacier right in our backyard provides a unique opportunity to discover and explore these deep-blue voids, provided you are willing to take the risks associated with wandering around underneath a massive, constantly shifting slab of ice and snow. This show presents photos taken over two trips to the same glacier cave this summer and highlights the cerulean glow and patterns that make glacier caves so mesmerizing.

So if you’re out and about in the downtown area for Gallery Walk this Friday, stop by the 2nd Street Heritage and say hi!