Friday, December 19, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Wide







WIDE

For this theme all I could think of was wide open spaces but nothing sprang to mind at first. Then several ideas struck me. Alaska is the largest state in the USA and filled with wide stretches of open land and ice, nowhere more impressive than Glacier Bay.


The terminus of the Margerie Glacier

For interest a closer look. Note the blue colour

But what about the heavens? How wide is that space, stretching endlessly above us? This photo is one I took recently when the moon and Jupiter and Venus were in close juxtaposition, to our eyes at least. Not a great photo but click to improve slightly. It has appeared here before but not for Photo Hunt.

But in actual fact, in distance they are widely spaced apart from each other and from earth. The moon is the brightest, closest and smallest of the three and is 252,000 miles away. Venus, the second brightest, closest and smallest, is 94 million miles away, while Jupiter is 540 million miles away. Now doesn't that boggle the mind?


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS
TO THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING IT
AND A HAPPY HANUKKAH

35 comments:

jams o donnell said...

Wow what an amazing sight. I must visit a glacier one day. As for distances in space, they really do blow the mind. Have a great weekend and a happy Xmas jmb

Bonggamom said...

Wow, that blue color is amazing. I can't believe it isn't photoshopped! We do have a book of pictures taken in Antarctica and they feature a lot of photos with these impossibly colorful colors.

Dr.John said...

Those pictures do illustrate wide. Well done.

Carver said...

Those are wonderful shots for the wide theme. I hope you have a great weekend and a joyful Christmas. Thank you for your visit to Snap2days. I'm not blogging until after Christmas on my personal blogs but I'm doing the snap2days visits for photohunt this weekend.

Napaboaniya said...

I love your concept on wide..makes me wonder how amazing those planets are :)

CRIZ LAI said...

I love the sky shot. Truly beautiful :)

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YTSL said...

Actually, I think the third picture *is* a great one! ;b

EastCoastLife said...

The photo of the glacier is stunning! I would feel so small in front of it.

Corey~living and loving said...

Great choices for the theme. I have been to alaska, but only for work, and I didn't get a chance to see the wide open spaces. thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Heart of Rachel said...

Those glaciers are amazing. I've never seen a real one. The blue color is very interesting. It adds a nice touch to it.

That's a great shot of the sky.

Heart of Rachel said...

I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas season!

PastorMac's Ann said...

These are great! Wonderful captures. Notices the planets when they did this but didn't realize until afterwards what I had seen. How nice that you caught it on film - and so well!

Great choices for The Hunt.

Blur Mommy said...

Gorgeous! I almost posted a photo of a glacier too.

Blur Mommy @Just My Rambling

Sienna said...

I am so tempted to try and photoshop a kangaroo on that ice!

Just for some practise for your eyes. :-)

Seriously though, Alaska looks so beautiful, I saw the film; "Into The Wild" and the scenery was incredible, the ice another vast and amazing spectacle.

Have a wonderful holiday season JMB, for you and all your family.

Yabbies will be our entree this xmas.

Pam

TeacherJulie said...

These are all wonderful photos, JMB. The glacier photos are especially unique but the sky photo takes the cake! :D

Advanced Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

My PH:
http://teacherjulie.com/2008/12/20/advent-wreath/

Sue said...

Beautiful photos! Happy photo hunting! And a very Merry Christmas to you :)

Mrs Mecomber said...

A very enjoyable post! I would like to visit Alaska someday. The blue is beautiful. There is an area here in New York State when the ice turns blue-- it's only turns blue in once particular area. Very strange!

I did Photo Hunters today, too. I hope you can visit, and leave your link.

http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-wide/

R and J said...

Nice and cool 'wide'! As our other home was in N.-Norway, I think I know a little bit the colours...and the feeling.

Brita said...

Wow! Beautiful shots.

Aileni said...

It may not be Widely known but that glacier is once more inceasing in size.
A Happy Yuletide to you.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh wow....just wow. On all three accounts. Love the "heavens" photo, that is absolutely amazing.

Happy Christmas to you too.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We have so many Wide places here, but in the Heavens...amazing!!

I was fortunate enough to have clear skies on the night pictured. Beautiful.

Teena in Toronto said...

Looks lovely but oh so cold.

I played too :)

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Wow, glaciers. I really enjoy photohunters because you see photos of places you never dreamed existed. Great job! And Merry Christmas.

IF A FAT GUY GRABS YOU AND PUTS YOU IN A BAG,
DON'T WORRY, I TOLD SANTA I WANTED A GOOD FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS!

Sammawow said...

What lovely glacier pictures! I lived in Alaska for a few years and it was so beautiful and "wide"!

Dragonstar said...

The glacier is incredible, and so beautiful. But your second example is bound to be the widest this week. Astronomical distances have always awed me.

mirage2g said...

Wow! Beautiful! I wonder how wide does the ice stretch....but its Alaska...all white!

Happy weekend!

mirage2g said...

Wow! Beautiful! I wonder how wide does the ice stretch....but its Alaska...all white!

Happy weekend!

Colin Campbell said...

I loved Alaska when I visited a couple of times in the 1980s. I loved the mountains and the glaciers. A bit cold in December, but unique. We drove from Anchorage to Fairbanks and back to visit one of the sisters going to University. That was one dark place in the winter.

Happy Jovialities for this time of year JMB.

storyteller said...

Glacier Bay certainly IS wide ... as are the glaciers themselves. Interesting 'takes' on this week's theme. Mine's at Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I feel very cold after looking at the first 2 pics! Glad you are showing that amazing moon and star again. Great ideas for the theme.

CherryPie said...

Oh Wow! I was loving the pictures anyway but that last one just blew me away!

z said...

WOW! As in WOW! I'm so awed! That's a VERY rare shot (the one with bklue colors on the glaciers)...and doing the math re those is mind blowing---and I'm not gonna try *smile*


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Gattina said...

Amazing sights ! I wished I could see that once life !

Gorgeous Nelly said...

hi there, nice entry. I did mine too. hope you can visit it.http://prettyfabulous.blogspot.com/2008/12/photohunt