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07-JAN-2004

Blue Ice, Antarctica, 2004

Blue icebergs are often seen floating in the channels that line the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Once again, I change pace by moving near and showing only a small, shimmering blue underwater edge of this huge iceberg. To me, the blue ice symbolizes a cold colder than cold a valid symbol when it comes to a place were temperatures plunge and ice is forever.

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Phil Douglis27-Feb-2006 17:38
Thanks for the question. I am not scientist so I can't give you a definitive answer. But I think it has something to do with the climate itself and oxygenation.
Guest 27-Feb-2006 08:15
what is blue ice
Phil Douglis16-May-2005 06:51
Indeed, Anna -- a case of art imitating life.
Anna Pagnacco15-May-2005 21:53
This time let me use the usual adjectives :-) because this is really a """wonderful """"natural abstract
That shade of blue might be a brush stroke made by a painter....Ciao, Anna
Phil Douglis10-Jan-2005 05:55
If you want the unreal, go to Antarctica. It is the most unreal place on earth, a land of contradictions, incongruities, and living abstractions. In other words, a photographer's dream.
Guest 10-Jan-2005 05:22
Phil, the blue color is just amazing!!! almost unreal, but this is what caught my eye! it's amazing what a nature can produce and a photographer can capture! hehe
Phil Douglis30-Jan-2004 19:29
Yes, I did. That's what I was thinking as i made this photograph. I don't think I've ever made a colder shot than this!
Guest 30-Jan-2004 15:59
Did you say "a cold colder than cold"? ;-)

I am just starting to go through #11 and already I like what I see.
Phil Douglis26-Jan-2004 05:14
You are right, Anna -- the Antarctic ice thaws in the summer and freezes over again in the winter. But it never quite goes away, and to me, it still looks colder than cold.
Anna Yu26-Jan-2004 04:40
Hi Phil,
This picture and the blue rather suggests a melting winter, thaw of the big freeze.
Awesome gallery btw/Anna
Phil Douglis26-Jan-2004 02:26
An interesting point, Tim -- the sky is indeed present in the sea, and it in this case, it was leaden gray. That's why the water itself is gray. But you are right -- the blue ice recalls the blue of sky, and brings that color into the sea with it as well.
Tim May25-Jan-2004 22:20
Yet, blue also evokes for me, having not been there, the warmth of the sky. In this case, a frozen sky.
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