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Portage Glacier

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Portage Glacier
This is the most gorgeous color of blue that I have ever seen. Mother Nature gives the most gorgeous gifts!Portage Glacier, Alaska.
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Yvonne M. Nieves
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    Absolutly BREATHTAKING photo. Looks like a shot from National Geographic, amanzingly beautiful, GREAT capture.
Yvonne


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12/13/2007 7:42:40 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Well, Thank you Yvonne, Thats very nice to hear! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I'll tell you Alaska is a gorgeous place, and the ice is stunningly beautiful!


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12/13/2007 8:00:43 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Yvonne, BTW, your night blooming ceres is amazing... simply beautiful.


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12/13/2007 8:01:37 PM

 
Harmeet Singh
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Out of the world..No doubt it is the most beautiful glaciers in the world.Stunning capture,dear friend.


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12/13/2007 10:23:57 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Harmeet, thank you!! you are always a great encouragement to me!


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12/13/2007 10:46:38 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A stunning scenic landscape, rarely seen. A treat for the eyes!


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12/20/2007 12:00:07 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Donna, thank you very much!! Alaska is a gorgeous place!


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12/20/2007 12:02:16 PM

 
Edward Taguba
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Songbird,

Wowsers!!!! That is a very, very beautiful photo. Congratulations on POTD!

Aloha,
Ed


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12/23/2007 12:34:12 AM

 
Jim Britt  

How awesome. Congrats Songbird and happy holidays!


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12/23/2007 12:43:54 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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Congrats on the POTD!


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12/23/2007 1:19:26 AM

 
Harmeet Singh
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Oh wow..Great this is Photo of the Day.Big Congrats..


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12/23/2007 1:26:25 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is so beautiful Songbird. Congratulations on your win. Bill

Check out my personal website at:

Bill Houghton Photography


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12/23/2007 1:52:06 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Stunning colour and capture Songbird ~ many congrats on POTD!


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12/23/2007 2:01:15 AM

 
Josselyne Klecanda
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Absolutely georgous. Unbeleavable. Never knew such color existed. Well done!


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12/23/2007 3:25:59 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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It has many years since I have been to Portage - You have captured it Beautifully! Congrats on your wonderful POTD! Jeff


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12/23/2007 4:23:06 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD


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12/23/2007 4:50:45 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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Congrats! pretty!


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12/23/2007 5:02:31 AM

 
randy dannheim
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Stunning image Songbird!!!!!!!! I can only dream of seeing such a place - thank you for bringing it to me.
Randy


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12/23/2007 5:58:09 AM

 
Denise Denomy
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VERY POWERFUL CAPTURE, Songbird! BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your POTD!!! :0)


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12/23/2007 6:16:33 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Outstanding capture of this breathtaking place, Songbird, congratulations on your POTD!


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12/23/2007 6:24:35 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Congratulations on your P O T D!!!


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12/23/2007 6:34:00 AM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Congratulations... Awesome!


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12/23/2007 7:46:15 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Gorgeous! Congrats on your POTD!


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12/23/2007 9:12:51 AM

 
Dennis Walton
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Beautiful. The blue color of the ice makes the scene look cold - as it should!


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12/23/2007 9:20:49 AM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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A very beautiful image.. Congratulations on your POTD!


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12/23/2007 9:32:59 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A beautiful POTD, congratulations Songbird!


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12/23/2007 10:36:39 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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A great shot!

Congratulations!


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12/23/2007 10:39:07 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Everyone, thank you so much for the encouraging comments. You have no idea how surprised and happy I was this morning to find the POTD messages! I am always encouraged by your suggestions and comments. Thank you all for looking at my gallery, and taking the time to comment!...Songbird.


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12/23/2007 10:42:21 AM

 
Patricia Ronan
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Great image, congrats on your POTD:)


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12/23/2007 3:12:31 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Very beautiful!! Congratulations on your POTD!!


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12/23/2007 6:31:48 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Evy, Patricia, and everyone, thank you so much! It was quite a terrific surprise for me! I appreciate all the support and positive comments! You all are great!


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12/23/2007 8:15:45 PM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Songbird I have say a big congrats on your lovely POTD. I am from Alaska and spent many wonderful days at portage glacier growing up. When I was little the glacier was all the way to where the visitors center is now. In the winter there would be big icebergs frozen solid in the lake and we got to climb on them. That was from 1958 to about the 1970s. I moved to Alabama in 1994 and miss Alaska's fabulous landscape. Thanks for the memories.


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12/25/2007 7:29:41 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Thank you Kathy... I sent you an email


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12/25/2007 8:01:14 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Great photo with superb composition, tones, color!


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12/28/2007 3:14:39 AM

 
Emmanuel Panagiotakis
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Very nice picture here my friend
Congratulations on the Award also


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12/29/2007 9:59:06 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Vladan and Emmanuel, thank you so much! Im very happy that you like this photo!


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12/29/2007 10:29:28 PM

 
Kenny S. Metro
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Congratulations on your POTD!!
Hope it made your day as much as mine did.Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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12/30/2007 11:42:24 AM

 
Red S. Guiness
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Thank you Ken.. YES!! I was SOOO excited, as Im sure you were to get POTD! Your zoom in Xmas lights are terrific! Thank you soo much for looking at my gallery and taking time to comment!


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12/30/2007 11:57:00 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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AWSOME capture Songbird. Love the pov...really bebautiful!
BIG congrats on your POTD!!!


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12/31/2007 7:34:05 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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thank you!!!!


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1/1/2008 2:26:35 AM

 
Luis Sanchez Martin
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oh.. what an AWESOME image..!! congratulations ..well deserved...


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1/7/2008 11:24:24 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Luis.. thank you!!!!


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1/7/2008 12:04:16 PM

 
Fanie Heymans
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WOW, what an awesome nature capture! Fantastic!


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1/8/2008 9:33:43 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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thank you... I got very lucky that day!!


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1/8/2008 9:57:16 AM

 
Jim Britt  

Congrats Songbird. Really beautiful photo.


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1/9/2008 8:00:29 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Jim, thank you so much for looking and commenting!! I appreciate that!!


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1/9/2008 8:03:32 PM

 
Jim Baines
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Songbird, this is totally awesome! I can feel myself standing there! I have stood in similar places in Alaska near the Army's Arctic Training Center at Fort Greely and could hear my own heartbeat! Just amazing!
Jim


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1/13/2008 2:06:32 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Jim, thank you!!


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1/13/2008 2:55:35 PM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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WOW!!! This is absolutely Gorgeous!!!!
Congratulations on getting Photo Of The Day!!!!!!! Liz


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1/16/2008 9:09:33 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Thank you... Gorgeous Alaska! Its stunning every where you look!


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1/16/2008 10:12:52 PM

 
Z. Banu
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WOW!SO BEAUTIFUL IMAGE YOU DESERVE IT!!CONGRATULATION WELL DONE SONGBIRD.


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1/21/2008 5:38:21 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Songbird, this is a beautifully done shot of the glaciers. People have a hard time believing that the ice is truly this color, but it is, and I was mightily impressed when I saw the glaciers.


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1/21/2008 9:53:33 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Hi Mitch, Yes the glaciers are an awesome color, especially when the sun is NOT out. The color is magnificent on cloudy days as this was in Sept.
We all need to help with the global warming problem so we have galciers for our grandkids to see.. they are melting at an alarming rate.


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1/21/2008 12:35:38 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Songbird, congratulations on this fantastic Photo of the Day! I'm really fascinated by your landscapes from all over the world! It's like looking at National Geographic Magazine. This is one of your outstanding nature images. Thank you sharing this rare image!


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1/22/2008 11:21:20 PM

 
Steven E. Ray
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This certainly is a most outstanding photo Songbird! The jutting fragments creates a very nice texture. Most excellent find!


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1/23/2008 1:41:10 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Steven and Alex, THANK YOU!!!


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1/23/2008 8:05:44 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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I wish I were standing RIGHT there. Right now. With a VERY HUGE COAT ON of course!

Just amazing. You are right. Mother Nature sure knows how to give good gifts!

What a moving photo.


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2/3/2008 2:55:51 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Thamk you!! I got really LUCKY to get this shot.. It was a gloriuos day!!


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2/3/2008 3:04:47 PM

 
Jillian Danielson
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GORGEOUS!! I just love your gallery!


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2/3/2008 3:13:12 PM

 
Tayseera Al-Barram
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Beautiful! Amazing shot! ~


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3/11/2008 1:16:54 AM

 
David A. Simons
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Congratulations on this photo becoming photo of the day.


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3/24/2008 11:02:20 AM

 
Randy L. Quast
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outstanding photo Songbird and congrats on the photo of the day.


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3/29/2008 9:13:26 PM

 
Doug J. Dailey
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Wow.. very nice Songbird. Photo of the day, congrats. Keep up the good work. I haven't been on here that much, but I have some butterfly and a hummingbird moth that I added. Check them out if you have time.

Best wishes,

Doug


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4/17/2008 9:31:37 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Doug! Thanks!!


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4/17/2008 9:39:14 PM

 
paola A. Jofre
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Wow!!! The color!!! This is an awesome job!!! Excellent detail!!!


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5/1/2008 2:12:11 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Paola, thank you!!!!!


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5/1/2008 2:27:15 PM

 
Suresh Kumar  

Superb image! The colors and the wonderful atmosphere of pure nature at its best.

Congrats on the POTD!


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5/25/2008 5:11:18 PM

 
Randy L. Quast
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Very nice photo Songbird and Congrats on the EP and the Photo of the day.


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5/30/2008 6:33:18 PM

 
Jen Lowrey
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Congrats!! You have an amazing gallery. Thanks for checking mine out.

God bless,jen


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6/4/2008 7:55:10 AM

 
Z. Banu
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Awesome!!!!!!!!Congrats!!very well done songbird


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6/9/2008 5:20:22 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Beautiful raw wild scenery you've captured here Songbird! Congratulations on your POTD!


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6/18/2008 6:41:54 AM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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STUNNING!!!!!!!! WOW. Congrats on your POTD!!!!!!!!


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6/23/2008 9:49:57 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your Photo of the Day!!! I love it. 8o)


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8/9/2008 12:37:44 PM

 
Gary Lange
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Wonderful image and gallery, Songbird!!


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9/18/2008 7:43:33 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Breathtaking capture. Had to be awesome seeing this view! You captured it beautifully. What color!
Thank-you for all your recent lovely comments. I really appreciate it and love seeing new people in my gallery.
I can see why you have so many EP...they are all simply beautiful!


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11/11/2008 11:21:09 AM

 
Michael Lynch
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Congrats on your Photo of the Day ! Still looking through your shots; I'm impressed !


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11/26/2008 4:16:59 PM

 
Jennifer A. Lambert
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Absolutely GORGEOUS !!!!
Blessings, Jenny N Bama


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2/7/2009 2:23:36 PM

 
Cyndy Doty
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Beautiful! The glacier colors are stunning!


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9/24/2009 2:44:05 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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Breathtaking, spectacular, mind blowing, and may I mention that I really love this


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9/28/2009 6:19:31 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Its a beautiful place! Sadly it is melting and appears different than the last time I was there one year ago. Thank you everyone for the comments and visiting my gallery! I sure appreciate it!


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10/1/2009 9:25:17 PM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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I Stood On That Glacier Many Years Ago
The Blue as you mentioned was something I believed only existed in Dreams
Gorgeous Capture Songbird

Incredible Gallery!!!


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10/2/2009 3:00:31 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved EFP & POTD,Songbird! Exceptional work indeed! WTG!


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10/12/2009 1:32:29 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations on this beauty, Songbird!


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10/12/2009 4:50:00 PM

 
Ivan Chacon
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Beautiful image and gallery ...congrats on your POTD! :)


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2/16/2010 3:35:25 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on the POTD and an extremely awesome capture, Songbird!! Wow!


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7/13/2010 6:11:54 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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This is certainly Mother Nature at her finest.


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7/23/2010 5:24:21 PM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Oh My GOD!!!! I'm so excited to see this image you created Songbird... WOWOW!!!!
Simply Stunning!!!!
I've never see anything like this before!!!
GOrgEOUS
CONGRATS TO YOU ON YOUR EP AND POTD!!
CHRIS
SMILING WITH YOU


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7/26/2010 8:59:58 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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This is still one of MY all time favorite images.


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7/26/2010 9:37:11 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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As well it should be! It is truly a wonderful capture of this iconic glacier! I have been there and seen its beauty (alas in my film days), and this is such a creative composition. Love all your Alaskan beauties, but this is my favorite!


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8/4/2010 5:07:08 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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Rona, Thank you for the nice comments, I sure do appreciate the encouragements...
You were at Portage Glacier in your film days? What are your film days? Now Im curious...


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8/4/2010 6:55:51 PM

 
Ken Smith
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My kinda scenery, Song Bird. And you have some great shots in your gallery...I like how the nice colours!


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9/17/2010 9:39:32 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Thank you, this was a beautiful day in Portage, the cloudy sky causes the blue in the glacier to pop..


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9/17/2010 9:41:09 AM

 
Wm Nosal
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Wow! Beautiful!
Never Got There When I Was Out


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10/3/2010 4:46:37 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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WOW! Songbird, this is beautiful. Very good shot. Bill


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3/11/2011 2:05:17 AM

 
Freddy Bland
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Outstanding!! I've never seen Alaska and this snow is so blue!! Congratulations on an excellent Gold winning image, Songbird!!


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6/5/2011 3:45:57 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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small ice pieces, as well as snow, looks white, because the sunlight shining onto them gets completely reflected back, and no absorption of light by the ice particles take place. Hence, small ice pieces and snow appear white. However, large ice bergs and glaciers in most places appear blue in color. In nature, there are other things that appear blue, like the sky and sea water. But the phenomena involved in both cases that makes them appear blue are different, although they result in the same blue color.

Sky is blue due to Rayleigh scattering, while sea water is blue due to reflection of blue light and absorption of red light. The blue color of the ice berg or glacier is also due to Rayleigh scattering, or the Tyndall effect, after the release of blue light from the sunlight. As the ice is transparent, it permits light to pass through. Before the ice allows light to pass through it, the ice crystals absorb light of longer wavelengths from the visible spectrum. Hence, red light is absorbed. The major color left, which is blue light, has a shorter wavelength, and is allowed to pass through the glacier.



As the light travels deeper and deeper into the glacier the ice appears dark blue. This phenomenon of blue color becoming darker as the light goes deeper is due to scattering. Though sky also appears blue due to scattering, it is slightly different from what is occurring in the ice. In the sky, blue light gets absorbed and scattered, while in the ice, blue light gets reflected and scattered.

If the ice berg is thin, then all the white light is transmitted through it. If the ice is thick, then only blue light is transmitted through it. If we make a hole in the glacier and look through it, we can observe the blue color inside. So, glaciers appear blue due to reflection and scattering of the blue light present in sunlight.


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6/5/2011 4:06:15 PM

 
Katrina Diaz
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Very beautiful! I would love to visit Alaska sometime!


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10/30/2011 10:46:33 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Alaska, is a stunningly spectacular, larger the life, place.. Its just breath taking! You MUST go! Be SURE to go inland to see Denali.. its a sight of a life time.


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10/30/2011 10:48:25 AM

 
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