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Riding down a ski lift, Telluride Resort, Colorado. Awesome glacial valley below.

It’s a Geological Life: Spain Edition

Day 6: Geology of Pineta Valley, Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

This was the day my professor realized that ¾ of the class were not mountain goats like here and said, if we made to the first big waterfall (where we would have our geology lesson), that we were done for the day, could go hike around and make it back to the bus by 2:00pm. It was a FUN day because Avery and I went fossil hunting.

While the Pineta Valley was glacially carved during the Quaternary, it has so great and complex geological history. The Pineta Valley contains multiple thrust sheets stacked one on top another. The thrust faults are the reactivated Lower Cretaceous normal faults. These faults were reactivated during the Upper Cretaceous due to the Alpine orogeny (the convergence of the Afro-Iberian and European plates).  

Looking down to the Pineta Valley, you can see it’s clear glacially-carved, U-shaped profile. The many waterfalls are runoff of the active glacier of the Monte Perdido, which is the third largest glacier in the Pyrenees. The Monte Perdido glacier has been retreating drastically since the beginning of the 20th Century.

The Cinca Waterfall from the Pineta Glacial Cirque

Estrecho Formation

These limestones contain fossils of Rudists, which were bivalves (mollusks) that lived affixed to the substrate. Rudists went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous.

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Milford Sound - New Zealand 2015 Milford sound is part of the Fiordland National Park in the south of New Zealand. This morning we went on a cruise through the glacial valley that has formed over thousands of years. It was so mind blowing to see the water being next to such high mountains. The views spectacular and there were waterfalls everywhere. Here are a few pictures I manage to capture during this unbelievable boat ride. Also keep in mind that the boats you see in the photos are 50-60ft Ferry Boats with 2-3 levels on each. Just goes to show the sheer size of the surroundings Keep exploring.

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Clouds roll by and it sprinkles in a high alpine lake, Norway. Note the classic glacial valley U-shape.

Conscious Stream (Pt. 3)

Sweating off the intersection of bodies,
distance grows with every night we waste.

Nothing matters I assure you,
except that look in your eyes.

Or when you slice down
on a freshly picked grapefruit;

Squeezing its pulp,
sucking on its skin
every taste wastes you.

Oh Lucille,
you don’t matter,
not at all to me.

But in glacial valleys you’re all I see,
on arctic ice your face appears slowly.

For this train moves so slowly towards you.
It’s always moving so goddamn slow,
I’m always moving too fast to care.

Like when I slit an envelope to rejection,
or when I won a prize & told only no one.

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Studhorse

Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and engage the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Referencing the tradition of circling wagons, the buildings—four small, unattached structures—are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20-acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60 mile long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake.

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A Moment’s Pause

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She knew where to find her, but even if she didn’t, she need only ask around. She made her way up the last of the steps to the battlements and paused a moment before quietly closing the distance between herself and the woman now quietly staring out across the glacial valley below. Up atop the walls, the air was cold, breezes pulling at her hair. She bundled up a bit warmer in her cloak, and then quietly leaned forward to rest her arms atop the wall before quietly setting a little cloth-wrapped cake on the wall alongside Tama’s arm.

“Here. You’ve been up here awhile. I thought you might be hungry for something sweet.” 

That was all she said, simple and easy, before glancing back towards the valley. 

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Yorkshire Dales

Hay meadows and green pastures full of wild flowers dip into deep glacial valleys and reach right up into the Pennine hills, where you’ll be treated to some incredible views. Rolling hills, deep ravines and waterfalls make this some of England’s most rewarding landscape, and you’ll find cosy little villages throughout. Find out more

Happy birthday Glacier National Park! On May 11, 1910, Glacier in Montana became the country’s 10th national park, protecting a scenic landscape of rugged peaks, clear waters and glacial-carved valleys. Here’s to celebrating 106 years and many more of caring for this special place for future generations to explore and enjoy. Photo of the Highline Trail by Tim Rains, National Park Service.

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Glendalough Glacial Valley, Ireland. Check out that U shape at the end!

Middle Earth Fly Fishing

Fly-fishing comes with a diversity of motivation. For some,it’s about chasing big fish, or a busy day with consistent high numbers, but for me, fly fishing’s greatest gift, is captured in those quality moments shared with like-minded people in beautiful places.  South Island New Zealand is arguably the world’s best offering for sight fishing to large trout. We literally don’t cast until we see a fish; watch it’s feeding pattern; and carefully plot our plan of attack. More than that, it’s done is gin-clear water with stunning scenery in every direction – epic mountains, glacial cut valleys and hidden back-country streams full of character (not people). You can’t help but think you are the only person for hundreds of miles.  Very simply, a summer in NZ will change your angling life.

original content and photograph Josh Hutchins