Landscapes - Robert Downie
Powered by SmugMug Log In

LeConte Bay

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir. Reflections abound in a very calm morning passing though the ice fields of LeConte Bay, a 247m (810 ft) deep bay east of Frederick Sound in South East Alaska that is fed by the LeConte glacier. The famous naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir travelled several hundred miles by canoe to visit the bay in 1879 and documented the local Tlingit name for the bay as Hutli. Hutli, translating to “Big Thunder”, was the name for the mythical thunderbird that produced sounds of thunder when it flapped its wings. This no doubt resembled the thunderous noise the glacier makes when it calves ice numerous times a day. The bay and glacier were named after Muir’s close friend, Joseph LeConte, a geologist at the University of California in Berkeley. This spot would have been covered in solid ice when Muir visited as the glacier has retreated 4km (or 2.5 miles) since 1879. Alaska, USA.

skylandscapefrozenseamountainswinterwatercoldnaturetravelbluerocksnowUSAmountainicefloatingglacierpeakpanoramicalpsoutdoorsicebergridgescenicpeaksalpinemeltinglakealpsnowcappedbergsmountainscapeicefieldLeConte BaySouth East AlaskaUnited States of America