Glacier -- The mountains here, including the Matterhorn further to the
west, are part of the Monte Rosa massif straddling the Swiss-Italian
border, each peak an island amid the retreating glaciers.
The melting of glaciers in the Alps, Rockies, Andes, and
the Himalayas, atop Kilimanjaro and along the coasts of Alaska, Greenland
and Antarctica are all stark reminders that our planet is rapidly getting
warmer, a cyclical phenomenon now exacerbated by human activity.
befitting the high altitude, is very capricious. It was raining when the
upper photo was taken in the afternoon at the Gornergrat train station, 3135m
(10283 ft) above the sea; by the next morning, the clouds have yielded to
blue skies and brilliant sunshine.
These photos are taken with the
Canon G1 digital camera.