path of the glacier


「  Hate… That I could understand. This was denial. They made me feel like I wasn’t supposed to exist at all. That my simply being alive was an affront to the world. That was how the beasts treated me. And I hated them for it. It sat in my heart like a lead bar. Like a glacier. 」


Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie

The last tone poem Richard Strauss wrote was also his most extravagant, calling for the largest orchestra of all his music [along with the typical orchestra the work calls for 12 horns, 2 trumpets, and 2 trombones offstage, as well as a heckelphone, cowbells, a wind machine, a thunder machine, glockenspiel, celesta, and organ]. An Alpine Symphony was inspired by a hike up the alps that Strauss took years before, and I can only imagine he had a Wordsworthian level of Romantic awe climbing the slopes. In writing music to reflect on his trip, he’d ended up with a glorious quarter hour at least of passionate music. The poem takes the listener through 24 hours in the alps, recreating the sense of majesty through the sunrise, peace through the pastures, violence through the storm, and indifference through the main descending theme; the cold, mysterious statement. For me, it’s one of those pieces that is easy to get lost in, to follow along with the delicious string, woodwind, and brass writing, to let the music flow over you, and to make you forget that any time has passed. Though the music is too warm at times, too dramatic to be an indifferent objective nature painting. Interesting enough, it could be considered an atheistic symphony. Strauss had been compelled by Mahler’s death to complete the work, and while he wanted to depict the alps, he also wanted to evoke Nietzsche after reading Der Antichrist. Strauss wrote, “Mahler, the Jew, could achieve elevation in Christianity… It is clear to me that the German nation will achieve new creative energy only by liberating itself from Christianity… I shall call my Alpine symphony: Der Antichrist, since it represents: moral purification through one’s own strength, liberation through work, worship of eternal, magnificent nature.” Though he dropped the atheist aspect in the final form, it makes sense to think that he is glorifying the natural world around us as is without evoking the supernatural. If I wanted to do a more postmodernist deconstruction, I’d argue the “true” program of the work is how humans project emotion and morality onto nature. It isn’t the sun and the trees and the mountains that are happy and full of wonder, it’s the viewer/listener. And it isn’t the mountain that is afraid when a storm passes through; we are afraid of the storm. In a way, this journey through the mountains is almost a journey through life, with it’s ups and downs, its most playful and most serious, the joys, anxieties, angers, sorrows, and few moments of peace. At this point I’m getting a little too Romantic, so I’ll stop typing now and let you sink into the music.


1. Nacht (Night)
2. Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
3. Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
4. Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Forest)
5. Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Brook)
6. Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall)
7. Erscheinung (Apparition)
8. Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows)
9. Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)
10. Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Through Thickets and Undergrowth on the Wrong Path)
11. Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)
12. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)
13. Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)
14. Vision (Vision)
15. Nebel steigen auf (Mists Rise)
16. Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The Sun Gradually Becomes Obscured)
17. Elegie (Elegy)
18. Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm Before the Storm)
19. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Tempest, Descent)
20. Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
21. Ausklang (Quiet Settles)
22. Nacht (Night)


On this first day of fall, we had the great honor in welcoming ten new United States Citizens who participated in their naturalization ceremony at Glacier National Park. A heartfelt congratulations to you all!

Photos by NPS/Erin Edgell
[Top image: ten new U.S. citizens posing in front of Lake McDonald with U.S. District Court Judge for Montana, Brian Morris.]
[Bottom image: five people with right arms raised taking their naturalization oath.]

anonymous asked:

Aren't INTJ slow to act? Or am I wrong? Cuz u said your best friend says you're quick to act, but I think we are slow, since we think a lot before we do things

The thing is, INTJs may think things over, but we do act. Somebody like my INTP friend also thinks things over… and thinks them over… and thinks them over…

The actual act of decision-making comes hard to her, because in her mind, all possible actions have some sort of nebulous “but imagine if” quality that renders all ideas equal, and since the world is constantly shifting, the what-ifs shift too. If any course of action ever seems best, another will take its place in their head before they can act.

Meanwhile, the INTJ will have already picked out the most prudent course of action (or not the most prudent, but they would have chosen something) and acted, all while the INTP is still mulling things over. And yet, they are much more spontaneous than INTJs, because they have such flexibility.

Like comparing the slow but inevitably unstoppable motion of a glacier down the most rational paths to a boulder that just sits in place until the environment forces it to move, in whatever direction the environment dictates.

The power of the INTJ lies in decision. The power of the INTP lies in consideration.

anonymous asked:

Do you know what would be the essential things four people should carry with them for a two week trip in foot? In the 19th century, let's say. All the trip is in the mountains, and they have no way of replenish their things.

  1. Food. Pretty obvious. No perishable foods like fruits (unless they’re dried) or bread (unless it’s like hardtack) because it spoils quickly. If the characters are planning to hunt and/or trap, they need the guns/snares/ammo/etc. to do that. And if they are cooking animals on the spot, they need a cauldron if they are making stew. 
  2. Shelter. At that point in time, shelter would probably be a tent of oiled canvas. It will keep the wind, rain, and other elements off the characters while they sleep. Tents also come with an assortment of pegs, rope, and sticks essential for setup. The characters can build lean-tos or find caves to sleep in; however, they would need to know the terrain so they know where the caves are or where the trees to make the lean-tos are, etc. They would be stupid to go into unfamiliar territory without a shelter.
  3. Water. The characters may be able to melt water from snow or gather water from mountain springs. If there are no springs, then characters will need to boil water (necessitating a pot) to make it safe to drink. If there is no water whatsoever, characters will need to bring their own. The average man needs 3 L of water a day and the average woman needs 2.2 L. 1 liter of water weighs 1 kg/2.2 lbs. 
  4. Clothes. Clothes for all weather - rain gear, cold weather, warm weather, damp weather, intermediate weather - and terrain - woodland, desert, rocky paths, glaciers - that the character will encounter. The character will probably have 1-3 complete changes of clothes to keep the weight down; the rest will be emergency gear like a rain jacket. Most importantly, the character needs a good set of shoes. The character also needs many pairs of socks because damp socks will give you trenchfoot.
  5. Other useful items. Compass, salt, several knives with whetstones, ice pick, extra rope, map, small mirror, matches/other fire starters, lanterns, razor, medicine, bandages, walking stick.

Day 24.

We walked, climbed and fell for over 5 hours Today on the slippery path leading to Roberts point, a viewpoint over the Franz josef glacier. But in the end it really wasn’t worth it as we still only saw the glacier from pretty far away. The weather still hasn’t cleared up.. The clouds block all the great Mountain tops for us. Tomorrow we’re heading over to fox glacier, hopefully with some better weather. Peace.