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Kongs Fjord - for Anna - Miss Piggy

Kongs Fjord - for Anna - Miss Piggy
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Seascape, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications I have received [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-01 7:42
Viewed: 5660
Points: 40
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I am dedicating this posting to Anna - I wasn't sure what to post, but in the end decided on this view of a fjord in the far north of Svalbard - as far north from her home in South Africa as I have been!

NB You can easily see the rate at which this glacier is receeding - the bare rock with no lichen was covered by ice ubtil the last few years.

Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe, about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. It consists of a group of islands ranging from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The archipelago is the northernmost part of Norway. Three islands are populated: Spitsbergen, Bear Island and Hopen. The largest settlement is Longyearbyen. The Spitsbergen Treaty (1920) recognised Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard, and the 1925 Svalbard Act made Svalbard a full part of the Kingdom of Norway. The official language in Svalbard is Norwegian, though some areas do speak Russian.

Kongsfjorden (Kongs Fjord or Kings Bay) is an inlet on the west coast of Spitsbergen, an island which is part of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The inlet is 26 km (16 miles) long and ranges in width from 6 to 14 km (4 to 9 miles). Two glaciers, Kronebreen and Kongsvegen, head the fjord.

The coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund is located on its southern shore and is one of only 4 permanent settlements on Spitsbergen. It is also a popular shore break for cruises although it is worried that tourism may cause interference with the sensitive scientific devices in the settlement.

Kongsfjorden was originally named Deer Sound by Jonas Poole (1610), and was known as such by the English whalers until at least 1658. Giles and Rep (c. 1710) were the first to name it Koninks Bay. William Scoresby (1820) repeats this error by naming it Kings Bay, while he moves Deer Sound to a bay in the northeast of the fjord. Modern cartographers have simply repeated this error.

The historian on our trip told us that the proper name is Konig's Fjord after Kaiser Willhelm II who sailed his yatch here each summer.

Fjords are formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley by abrasion of the surrounding bedrock. Many such valleys were formed during the recent ice age. Glacial melting is accompanied by rebound of Earth's crust as the ice load and eroded sediment is removed (also called isostasy or glacial rebound). In some cases this rebound is faster than sea level rise. Most fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea; Sognefjord, Norway, reaches as much as 1,300 m (4,265 ft) below sea level. Fjords generally have a sill or rise at their mouth caused by the previous glacier's terminal moraine, in many cases causing extreme currents and large saltwater rapids. Saltstraumen in Norway is often described as the worlds strongest tidal current. These characteristics distinguish fjords from rias (e.g. the Bay of Kotor), which are drowned valleys flooded by the rising sea.

Greenland), where, during the glacial period, many valley glaciers descended to the then-lower sea level. The fjords develop best in mountain ranges against which the prevailing westerly marine winds are orographically lifted over the mountainous regions, resulting in abundant snowfall to feed the glaciers. Hence coasts having the most pronounced fjords include the west coast of Europe, the west coast of North America from Puget Sound to Alaska, the west coast of New Zealand, and the west coast of South America and to south-western Tasmania. In Tasmania there are many small Fjords with mountains surrounding reaching 1000 m in southern districts, though these are not glaciated they are often covered in snow, sometimes in summer. These fjords have formed by past glaciers ripping through to the sea.

horias, nasokoun, livius, nglen, Argus, siggi, zulfu, CeltickRanger, roges, jaycee, Adanac, anemone, eng55, Miss_Piggy, maurydv, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-01 7:55]

Hello James
What a wonderful capture and dedication!
Details,light and colors are fantastic!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-01 8:11]

Hello James
Wonderful landscape with beautiful colors and amazing details

hello James,
it so beautiful landscape, very good photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello James
a great landscape for light, details and colors. Very interesting notes.

Hi James.

Your timing is great to capture this panaroma. There are not any dak shadow areas and highlighted area. Perhaps if there are some white cloud on the blue sky it would be better. But this is nature. We have to settle what it gives us...


amazing landscape, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-01 11:06]

Hi James. Firstly thanks for the intersting notes about this beautiful picture , I am sure Anna will like very much. As you say the Ice is receeding very fast . I like the POV looking up between the rock. Taken with such sharp detail and bright colours. well taken TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-01 11:17]

Hello James,
A superb view of this Svalbard fjord. Despite the calm movement of the water the image has a dramatic feel with the sharp peaks emerging out of the sea and the glacier between them. Already the effect of global warming is well seen.
Thanks for taking this one from your archives, a nice tribute to Anna.
Have a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-01 12:12]

Hello James,
Excellent details very crisp nicely composed the colors bg POV and subject is spot on great composed photo excellent!
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-01 13:13]

Superb winter scene shot James. Colours, POV and
composition are excellent. Nice dedication to Anna too.
TFS ang G's,

hello James

beautiful atmosphere photo of these glaciers and the cold water.
you choosed a fine POV, also fine DOF, excellent sharpness
and details, beautiful luminosity, excellent contrast of the
sky's cold and the ground's & water warm colour tones, TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-01 14:07]

Hello James,
Wooowwww that landscape!
Superb image, a high-class dedication to Anna.
In contrast to its beautiful landscapes in South Africa ... This landscape can provide a little cooler.
The best thoughts of Germany,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-01 15:33]

Hi James,

I am sure Anna will love this dedication. A beautiful capture of this fjord showing the mountains and the receding glaciers. I love the reflections of the perfect sky in the water. You are bringing back fond memories of trips taken in the past.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-01 18:45]

Hello James,
Extraordinary landscape so very well captured. TFS

Hi James.
Awesome scenery! wonderful reflections and nice composition!
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-01 23:45]

Hi James,
Very nice landscape and lovely dedication to our friend Anna.I liked 3D effect,clarity,exposure and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo James
Although I am about last in the queue to critique this very special image that is dedicated to me, it does not mean my gratitude for this great dedication and kind gesture is last in the queue as well. At the moment time is a bit of a problem that stands in the way of me and Trek Nature.

Wow! what amazing postcard pretty scenery! You have taken this landscape from an excellent point of view. The colours are so beautiful, especially that of the water in the foreground.
The peaks are marvellous, the colour of the sky incredibly blue. So untouched by man, rough and natural, and this awe-inspiring picture goes to prove how exciting your visit must have been. The clarity in this photo is superb. I can look so far into the distance, and still see wonderful details. A piece of the planet, which I don't think I'll ever have the opportunity to see, but I am more than happy to view through your eyes. Magnificent! Thanks for putting my name on it. Best regards.

Hello James,
a great dedication to our friend Anna; another very beautiful and interesting picture, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, well composed.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-02 4:54]

Hello James,
Very beautiful landscape. Excellent clarity and natural colours. Good sharpness. Superb timing, DOF and composition.
A great dedication to Anna.

Bonjour James,
Belle composition sous une excellente lumière avec une très bonne restituion de l'austérité des lieux.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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