This image follows on from my previous post – Click here to view. Glaciers look totally different in summer from what they do in winter. This is the Gorner glacier (2,000ft below me) clad in its winter cloak of snow that softens the lines of the underlying ice.
This abstract ‘sculpture’ is a repetitive feature of this glacier, the lines much harsher in summer when the snow melts. And when the surface snow melts it penetrates deep into the glacier via the crevasses and ruptures in the ice which are created by the nature of the terrain over which this river of ice is moving, far slower than a snail. That constant flow of melt water weaves its way, progressively eroding the ice forming these extraordinary shapes. Isn’t nature beautiful?