Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination



Last week we hiked on Fox Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand. Our guide Dean found this ice cave, chipped out some steps, attached the knotted rope into the wall of ice and gave us instructions on how to make our way down into the cave. The only light in the cave came from the opening. The blue colour occurs because all the other colours in the spectrum have been absorbed by the densely packed ice and the further the light travels past the ice the deeper the blue glow becomes.

41 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

    • Thank you! It was the most amazing thing I have ever done. We helicoptered up to the centre of the glacier and then spent two and a half hours walking on the ice, before helicoptering out again. Climbing down into the ice cave was fantastic, but climbing out again wasn’t so easy.


        • Fox Glacier, on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. There are two glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef, and they are unique because of their proximity to the ocean and because they are advancing insteading of retreating. As for being brave, I wasn’t going to miss out on going down into the cave. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I must admit it was a bit freaky.


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  2. Your eye really gets caught to this photo, amazing shot! I bet it was brilliant to visit that cave, I would have been scared though! This makes me want to go to New Zealand even more badly than I did before.


  3. Wow! that is astounding. I’m sure I would have been stuck at the bottom of the cave. What if you couldn’t climb out? Did they have a bac -up plan? So scary. I often overestimate my physical abilities, then I’m in a world of hurt!!! 🙂


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