Friday, September 7, 2012

Photo-Finish Friday -- Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields

Walking up the hill toward the it last Saturday. The glacier is at the bottom of the other side of this hill.

The glacier started here 30 years ago. Photos two and three by Mike Mayrl.

This photo I took in June shows the hill I climbed and the glacier behind it. The snow on the hill is seasonal as opposed to glacial.

The hill was part of the glacier in 1976.

Please note the vehicles and lake at the bottom of the hill in the second photo. Compare with the lake and vehicles at the toe of the glacier in the bottom photo I took 36 years ago.
When you enlarge the top photo you'll see the chalet and the Jasper -Banff Highway. In 1908 the glacier was nearly at the highway.
It's going fast.
I hope all who want to see it get to see it.


solarity said...


Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...


messymimi said...

If only someone could tell us what to do now so our great-grandchildren could see it, and make us as a people willing to do it.

the Bag Lady said...

Good grief! I can't believe how much is has receded since I saw it last!

Chris said...

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Ron Scheer said...

Super photos; thanks.

Leah J. Utas said...

I wish that too, Messymimi.

Bag Lady, it is very sad.

Yes, Chris. That may be all we can do.

Thanks, Ron.