Portage Glacier

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Portage Glacier

Yvonne M. Nieves 12/13/2007 7:42:40 PM

Absolutly BREATHTAKING photo. Looks like a shot from National Geographic, amanzingly beautiful, GREAT capture.

Songbird Cline 12/13/2007 8:00:43 PM

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! #5205814

Songbird Cline 12/13/2007 8:01:37 PM

Yvonne, BTW, your night blooming ceres is amazing... simply beautiful. #5205815

Dr. Harmeet Singh 12/13/2007 10:23:57 PM

Out of the world..No doubt it is the most beautiful glaciers in the world.Stunning capture,dear friend. #5206154

Songbird Cline 12/13/2007 10:46:38 PM

Harmeet, thank you!! you are always a great encouragement to me! #5206230

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 12/20/2007 12:00:07 PM

A stunning scenic landscape, rarely seen. A treat for the eyes! #5235516

Songbird Cline 12/20/2007 12:02:16 PM

Donna, thank you very much!! Alaska is a gorgeous place! #5235528

Edward Taguba 12/23/2007 12:34:12 AM


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

Ed #5245249

Jim Britt 12/23/2007 12:43:54 AM

How awesome. Congrats Songbird and happy holidays! #5245271

Les Rhoades 12/23/2007 1:19:26 AM

Congrats on the POTD! #5245297

Dr. Harmeet Singh 12/23/2007 1:26:25 AM

Oh wow..Great this is Photo of the Day.Big Congrats.. #5245304

Bill Houghton 12/23/2007 1:52:06 AM

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

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Susie Peek-Swint 12/23/2007 2:01:15 AM

Stunning colour and capture Songbird ~ many congrats on POTD! #5245371

Josselyne Klecanda 12/23/2007 3:25:59 AM

Absolutely georgous. Unbeleavable. Never knew such color existed. Well done! #5245430

Jeff Robinson 12/23/2007 4:23:06 AM

It has many years since I have been to Portage - You have captured it Beautifully! Congrats on your wonderful POTD! Jeff #5245580

Joy Rector 12/23/2007 4:50:45 AM

congrats on the POTD #5245675

Laura Clay-Ballard 12/23/2007 5:02:31 AM

Congrats! pretty! #5245723

randy dannheim 12/23/2007 5:58:09 AM

Stunning image Songbird!!!!!!!! I can only dream of seeing such a place - thank you for bringing it to me.
Randy #5245881

Denise Denomy 12/23/2007 6:16:33 AM

VERY POWERFUL CAPTURE, Songbird! BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your POTD!!! :0) #5245945

Deborah C. Lewinson 12/23/2007 6:24:35 AM

Outstanding capture of this breathtaking place, Songbird, congratulations on your POTD!

RC Fritz 12/23/2007 6:34:00 AM

Congratulations on your P O T D!!! #5245989

Cheryl E. Molennor 12/23/2007 7:46:15 AM

Congratulations... Awesome! #5246227

Colleen Farrell 12/23/2007 9:12:51 AM

Gorgeous! Congrats on your POTD! #5246455

Dennis Walton 12/23/2007 9:20:49 AM

Beautiful. The blue color of the ice makes the scene look cold - as it should! #5246486

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 12/23/2007 9:32:59 AM

A very beautiful image.. Congratulations on your POTD! #5246516

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 12/23/2007 10:36:39 AM

A beautiful POTD, congratulations Songbird! #5246659

Tiia Vissak 12/23/2007 10:39:07 AM

A great shot!

Congratulations! #5246668

Songbird Cline 12/23/2007 10:42:21 AM

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. #5246676

Patricia Ronan 12/23/2007 3:12:31 PM

Great image, congrats on your POTD:) #5247156

Evy Johansen 12/23/2007 6:31:48 PM

Very beautiful!! Congratulations on your POTD!! #5247533

Songbird Cline 12/23/2007 8:15:45 PM

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! #5247776

Kathy L. Clark 12/25/2007 7:29:41 PM

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. #5253160

Songbird Cline 12/25/2007 8:01:14 PM

Thank you Kathy... I sent you an email #5253264

Vladan D. Djordjevic 12/28/2007 3:14:39 AM

Great photo with superb composition, tones, color! #5259994

Emmanuel Panagiotakis 12/29/2007 9:59:06 PM

Very nice picture here my friend
Congratulations on the Award also #5266859

Songbird Cline 12/29/2007 10:29:28 PM

Vladan and Emmanuel, thank you so much! Im very happy that you like this photo! #5266900

Kenny Metro 12/30/2007 11:42:24 AM

Congratulations on your POTD!!
Hope it made your day as much as mine did.Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! #5268640

Red S. Guiness 12/30/2007 11:57:00 AM

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! #5268677

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 12/31/2007 7:34:05 PM

AWSOME capture Songbird. Love the pov...really bebautiful!
BIG congrats on your POTD!!! #5274350

Songbird Cline 1/1/2008 2:26:35 AM

thank you!!!! #5275152

Luis Sanchez Martin 1/7/2008 11:24:24 AM

oh.. what an AWESOME image..!! congratulations ..well deserved... #5305178

Songbird Cline 1/7/2008 12:04:16 PM

Luis.. thank you!!!! #5305330

Fanie Heymans 1/8/2008 9:33:43 AM

WOW, what an awesome nature capture! Fantastic! #5309853

Songbird Cline 1/8/2008 9:57:16 AM

thank you... I got very lucky that day!! #5309943

Jim Britt 1/9/2008 8:00:29 PM

Congrats Songbird. Really beautiful photo. #5317100

Songbird Cline 1/9/2008 8:03:32 PM

Jim, thank you so much for looking and commenting!! I appreciate that!! #5317115

Jim Baines 1/13/2008 2:06:32 PM

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 #5334072

Songbird Cline 1/13/2008 2:55:35 PM

Jim, thank you!! #5334264

Elizabeth A. Marker 1/16/2008 9:09:33 PM

WOW!!! This is absolutely Gorgeous!!!!
Congratulations on getting Photo Of The Day!!!!!!! Liz #5351190

Songbird Cline 1/16/2008 10:12:52 PM

Thank you... Gorgeous Alaska! Its stunning every where you look! #5351331

Z. Banu 1/21/2008 5:38:21 AM


Mitch Spence 1/21/2008 9:53:33 AM

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. #5372144

Songbird Cline 1/21/2008 12:35:38 PM

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. #5372796

Alex T. Mizuno 1/22/2008 11:21:20 PM

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! #5379960

Steven E. Ray 1/23/2008 1:41:10 AM

This certainly is a most outstanding photo Songbird! The jutting fragments creates a very nice texture. Most excellent find! #5380185

Songbird Cline 1/23/2008 8:05:44 AM

Steven and Alex, THANK YOU!!! #5381709

Laura E. Swan 2/3/2008 2:55:51 PM

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. #5438017

Songbird Cline 2/3/2008 3:04:47 PM

Thamk you!! I got really LUCKY to get this shot.. It was a gloriuos day!! #5438071

Jillian Danielson 2/3/2008 3:13:12 PM

GORGEOUS!! I just love your gallery! #5438113

Tayseera Al-Barram 3/11/2008 1:16:54 AM

Beautiful! Amazing shot! ~ #5624993

David A. Simons 3/24/2008 11:02:20 AM

Congratulations on this photo becoming photo of the day. #5688993

Randy L. Quast 3/29/2008 9:13:26 PM

outstanding photo Songbird and congrats on the photo of the day. #5716628

Doug J. Dailey 4/17/2008 9:31:37 PM

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 #5801999

Songbird Cline 4/17/2008 9:39:14 PM

Doug! Thanks!! #5802012

paola A. Jofre 5/1/2008 2:12:11 PM

Wow!!! The color!!! This is an awesome job!!! Excellent detail!!! #5869181

Songbird Cline 5/1/2008 2:27:15 PM

Paola, thank you!!!!! #5869243

Suresh Kumar 5/25/2008 5:11:18 PM

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

Congrats on the POTD! #5976350

Randy L. Quast 5/30/2008 6:33:18 PM

Very nice photo Songbird and Congrats on the EP and the Photo of the day. #5999086

Jen Lowrey 6/4/2008 7:55:10 AM

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

God bless,jen #6017705

Z. Banu 6/9/2008 5:20:22 AM

Awesome!!!!!!!!Congrats!!very well done songbird #6037305

Wendy Stevenson 6/18/2008 6:41:54 AM

Beautiful raw wild scenery you've captured here Songbird! Congratulations on your POTD! #6073765

Cassie L. Woodlee 6/23/2008 9:49:57 AM

STUNNING!!!!!!!! WOW. Congrats on your POTD!!!!!!!! #6097385

Nancyj E. Hovey 8/9/2008 12:37:44 PM

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) #6292091

Gary Lange 9/18/2008 7:43:33 AM

Wonderful image and gallery, Songbird!! #6471065

Mary Timman 11/11/2008 11:21:09 AM

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! #6740713

Michael Lynch 11/26/2008 4:16:59 PM

Congrats on your Photo of the Day ! Still looking through your shots; I'm impressed ! #6813106

Jennifer A. Lambert 2/7/2009 2:23:36 PM

Absolutely GORGEOUS !!!!
Blessings, Jenny N Bama #7138683

Cyndy Doty 9/24/2009 2:44:05 AM

Beautiful! The glacier colors are stunning! #7978304

Kaye Burazin 9/28/2009 6:19:31 PM

Breathtaking, spectacular, mind blowing, and may I mention that I really love this #7992138

Songbird Cline 10/1/2009 9:25:17 PM

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! #8001698

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 10/2/2009 3:00:31 AM

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!!! #8002006

Patrick Rouzes 10/12/2009 1:32:29 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved EFP & POTD,Songbird! Exceptional work indeed! WTG! #8030978

Barbara Waldoch 10/12/2009 4:50:00 PM

Congratulations on this beauty, Songbird! #8031394

Ivan Chacon 2/16/2010 3:35:25 PM

Beautiful image and gallery ...congrats on your POTD! :) #8387304

Ellen Hodges 7/13/2010 6:11:54 AM

Huge congrats on the POTD and an extremely awesome capture, Songbird!! Wow! #8756814

Kaye Burazin 7/23/2010 5:24:21 PM

This is certainly Mother Nature at her finest. #8782561

Christine Lobsinger 7/26/2010 8:59:58 PM

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!!!

Songbird Cline 7/26/2010 9:37:11 PM

This is still one of MY all time favorite images. #8788363

Rona L. Schwarz 8/4/2010 5:07:08 PM

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! #8806585

Songbird Cline 8/4/2010 6:55:51 PM

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... #8806804

Ken Smith 9/17/2010 9:39:32 AM

My kinda scenery, Song Bird. And you have some great shots in your gallery...I like how the nice colours! #8912578

Songbird Cline 9/17/2010 9:41:09 AM

Thank you, this was a beautiful day in Portage, the cloudy sky causes the blue in the glacier to pop.. #8912582

Wm Nosal 10/3/2010 4:46:37 PM

Wow! Beautiful!
Never Got There When I Was Out #8944937

Bill Houghton 3/11/2011 2:05:17 AM

WOW! Songbird, this is beautiful. Very good shot. Bill #9284755

Freddy Bland 6/5/2011 3:45:57 PM

Outstanding!! I've never seen Alaska and this snow is so blue!! Congratulations on an excellent Gold winning image, Songbird!! #9445351

Songbird Cline 6/5/2011 4:06:15 PM

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. #9445375

Katrina McMeans 10/30/2011 10:46:33 AM

Very beautiful! I would love to visit Alaska sometime! #9772426

Songbird Cline 10/30/2011 10:48:25 AM

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. #9772432

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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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