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QT Luong
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Photographer, author of treasuredlandsbook.com featuring all US National Parks
Photographer, author of treasuredlandsbook.com featuring all US National Parks

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Bear Glacier, extending over 10 miles, is the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn
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Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. By shooting backlit, I created a shimmering effect on the water. The window would have caused flare, so removing it was worth it, even though with the doors removed, the back of the helicopter was one of the windiest places I have ever experienced! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ
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In Alaska, much of backcountry access is by small plane. When planning an aerial session in Kenai Fjords National Park, I was excited to notice that helicopter flights have become available there. Read about my experience of shooting the park this way: qtl.us/2m1KIhR

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Since the terminus of Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords NP) is now much steeper than before, the danger posed by falling ice is considerably higher. If a bloc of ice was to detach itself further high, it could roll down quite a ways, so I stayed at a respectful distance from the terminus. It didn’t take long for the glacier to change. The free standing arch that intrigued me the day before had already collapsed the next day! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ
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The flow of the glacial stream of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park was strong. Even in knee-depth water, the force of the flow worried me. I definitively needed my hiking poles for the crossing. Even without listening to the stream’s roar, you can tell its power from the fact that it is now carrying icebergs, which I never saw in my visits of a decade ago. Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ
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I am thrilled and grateful that today "Treasured Lands" cracked for the 1st time the top 1000 (out of 8,000,000) books on Amazon, as measured by Amazon's own Best Sellers Rank - lower is better. Find out what all this interest is about: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn
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In the late afternoon, Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is in the shade, and under those conditions, the ice takes its characteristic blue tint. Water flowed out of the glacier from underneath an intriguing free-standing ice arch, and carried out icebergs. I immediately wanted to get closer: http://qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

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The combination of easy access, interpretive signage, and dramatic change makes Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park possibly the best place in the world to witness glacial retreat with your own eyes. I last visited Exit Glacier in the fall of 2016. Although I was expecting to see changes, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the end of the trail. It was enclosed by fence lines to prevent visitors from continuing further since the terrain beyond was too steep to be safe. Standing there, I was separated from the glacier by a distance of hundreds of yards. Yet a sign showed that the glacier reached this point in 2010.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 

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Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 
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Once inside an ice cave, the floor is quite muddy, and low ceilings require some contortions and crawling. A reward for getting wet and dirty below the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is to experience the variety of textures and patterns of the walls.

More: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA

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