Ice flows over the cirque threshhold from Melchior Glacier to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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Comments (4)

beegood on March 13, 2010

I have the honour of being the first to comment on this new beauty ~ these deadly ice flows look so incredibly innocent ~ like a Greek drapery ~ very well taken dear Ian ~ all my best


Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2010

The diagonal dimensions or width of this icefall is about 700m! Vertically, the fall (top right to bottom left) is around 2150M to 1950M.

Dear Maja,

Your genuine interest in the whole experience, and your sense of being enthralled by the awesome display of creation operating, entitles you to any honour that I can bestow. As you feel privileged in this, then I am content. It was the pink coating of Australian desert dust here, that really drew my attention. As for the scale and power I doubt that I can ever fully appreciate it.

Thank you for your appreciation, dear friend.


BWS's ghost on May 3, 2010

I really like the detail of the crevasses and the dust coloration in the full size view, Ian. Not many of your recent shots have only 1 comment on them, so I pounced on this one ;) Greetings, Brian

Ian Stehbens on May 3, 2010


It was a remarkable opportunity to use the chopper. The pilot kept taking cues from me, so that I could photograph and get in close as well. I find this rather fascinating, especially the way the ice works its way in a rotation around the rocky aretes near the confluence of a couple of glaciers. My hour charter became 1hr 20 because the pilot was enjoying it as much as I was.

Do come back south for the South Island!

Ian Greetings from Sydney.

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