Melting Blue

In early June, the glacial landscapes of Norway undergo a fascinating transformation as the warming temperatures of late spring start to influence the layers of ice and snow that cover the surface through the winter. The thawing process accelerates during this time of the year as the sun, hanging higher in the sky, intensifies its rays, causing the snow and ice to recede with time.

As temperatures rise, the gradual warming triggers a sequence of events that facilitate the abstract transformation of the frozen landscape. Initially, as the ambient temperature surpasses the freezing point, the outer layers of snow and ice start to absorb heat energy.

This absorbed energy then causes the snow crystals to undergo a phase change from solid to liquid, initiating the melting process. As the heat penetrates deeper into the snowpack or ice, it melts more layers, turning the ice or snow slowly into water.

The melting process results in mesmerizing formations of ripples, cracks, and holes. As the sunlight refracts through the translucent surfaces of ice and water, it creates a captivating play of reflections and blue colorways, evoking a dreamlike quality.

A dynamic interplay of textures, patterns, and colors in the evolving landscape.

Svelgabreen, Norway / 2023

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