"Cryosphere"



- Cryosphere refers to any portion of the Earth's surface where water is in solid form, including glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, sea ice, snow cover, frozen rivers, lakes, and permafrost. The Cryosphere is closely linked to the Hydrosphere and plays a crucial role in the ecosystem and our everyday lives.
- I've chosen the name because Cryosphere encompasses a wide range of ice around the world. This blog is meant to chronicle not all glaciers, but those that I experience and photograph in my travels. My vision is to visit and write about as many glaciers and other ice forms as possible while I pursue knowledge and share experiences of a beautiful world of ice. I hope you enjoy the photographs and follow along as I go!

* Beware: Glaciers area a dangerous place to those that do not know the risks and have the proper skills to navigate them safely. Do not attempt travel on or near any glacier without proper skills or an experienced guide.


08 June 2014

Why everyone should have insurance on their camera.

          Let me first preface this story be saying I always have my cameras insured. This is why you should too:

          A few weeks ago I was down in the Grand Canyon. I spent several days there and shot a lot inside and out of the park. I kept staying longer and longer because I really wanted to get a great sunrise and/or sunset photo. I had visited every easily-reached point of the South Rim on the map, and some that weren't on the map. I found a few points to be ideal, the best of which being the one this photo was shot from. This is looking into the sunset and the silhouettes of everyone lined up on Mather Point, the other direction produced great color on the canyon walls. The problem was there was a ton of ash in the sky from the fires in California, and dust from winds that kept up for days.

          I returned to this point for the fourth evening in five days, hoping for better conditions, but it didn't look very promising this day, either. I had set up my 5D mk III on a very sturdy tripod which I have used for years and never had problems with. Even in much stronger winds than I faced at the overlook that night. As I waited for the sun to drop lower and hopefully peek through the light clouds, I turned around and saw this scene. I grabbed my backup camera and 100-400mm out of my bag to shoot the mass of people gathering on Mather point.

          This is the last photo I took before I saw something move out of the corner of my eye and looked up to watch the last leg of my tripod disappear over the edge. 5D and all.

... And that is why you buy camera insurance.

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