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At the entrance to an ice cave


There’s a rather interesting quality to the light at the top of the Tasman Glacier, where snowfalls start the formation of glacial ice.

The air is a lot thinner up there making the sunlight noticeably brighter than it is down in the valley, although the air is colder, you get sun burn quickly due to the much higher UV light levels.

Another interesting thing that happens is the way the ice reflects the light, as the angle of the ice in relation to the sun changes the amount of light it gives off varies dramatically. It’s not so obvious when you’re looking at it, but the camera reveals how dramatically this effect is taking place.

Ice formation at the Néve of Tasman Glacier


There’s a rather interesting quality to the light at the top of the Tasman Glacier, where snowfalls start the formation of glacial ice.

The air is a lot thinner up there making the sunlight noticeably brighter than it is down in the valley, although the air is colder, you get sun burn quickly due to the much higher UV light levels.

Another interesting thing that happens is the way the ice reflects the light, as the angle of the ice in relation to the sun changes the amount of light it gives off varies dramatically. It’s not so obvious when you’re looking at it, but the camera reveals how dramatically this effect is taking place.