A night at the Athabasca Glacier – sparkling stars, blurred clouds, glowing skies and jagged peaks

Athabasca Glacier under the stars - © Christopher Martin Photography-0666

When I ventured up to Jasper National Park in May, I spent the first night at the foot of the Athabasca Glacier. After laying my sleeping bag across the reclined passenger seat, I set up my tripod and camera along one of the trails that lead up to the edge of the ice.

Athabasca Glacier under the stars - © Christopher Martin Photography-0663

Looking up the glacier, between the clouds as they slid by, a subtle green-blue glow was visible above the ice, rock and snow. With long exposures, the glow was more pronounced. I first thought it may be the Aurora Borealis but I was facing towards the southwest so I would have expected a show behind me more than where I was looking. It was a new moon that night so I’m not sure was responsible for the glow. Could it be the starlight on a clear night, free from light pollution, reflecting off of the ice? Maybe, but I really can’t explain it. It was hauntingly beautiful and I enjoyed spending a couple of hours in that place within this immeasurably vast universe – a night with the stars will get you thinking such things!

Mount Andromeda under the stars - © Christopher Martin Photography-0660-2

It was a great auditory experience as well, the ice cracks and rock falls echoed off the mountains and down the glacier field irregularly through the night which broke up the steady cries of the racing winds.

Athabasca Glacier under the stars - © Christopher Martin Photography-0676

Sparkling stars, blurred clouds, glowing skies and jagged peaks – it was a special night.

8 responses

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  2. really beautiful clicks of the skies and stars!

    June 15, 2015 at 8:01 am

  3. Amazing……..

    June 13, 2015 at 5:54 am

  4. Anonymous

    Very beautiful and haunting.

    June 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm

  5. They look like screenprints!

    June 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  6. WOW
    Is it possible to purchase prints?

    June 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  7. This is spectacular and being there to see it as well as to hear it would have been , too. Thanks for sharing this sight.

    June 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

  8. Stunning, stunning, stunning!!!

    June 12, 2015 at 11:48 am

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