Photo of the Day (20.10.08)

I can’t imagine what it may feel like being around a glacier, just like I can’t imagine what it may feel like being on Mars. This is a picture of the Franz Josef Glacier on the west coast of New Zealand.

I grew up in the UK, so I know the cold, and have made a million snowmen, but glaciers to me are a whole different planet. When I see pictures like this one taken by flickr user Martin O’Connell, I get overwhelmed by the idea of visiting such a place as it seems oddly dreamlike but it’s very real. It excites me and scares me at the same time.

I want to reach into this picture and touch that block of ice. Half of me wants it to feel like a large lump of shaving foam, but I know that it’s probably as hard as a rock. I’d also want to break a bit off and put it in my mouth. Yes, I want to eat a bit of a glacier — please tell me I’m not the only one with such thoughts?

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