I feel fortunate to have been able to photograph this beautiful John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska this summer. These beautiful glaciers are likely to disappear in our lifetimes.
A beacon in the darkness of a wild land in a modern world, and a nature laboratory, a United Nations biosphere reserve and a world heritage site, this is Alaska.
The name, Alaska, comes from the indigenous peoples known as the Aleut, meaning the object towards which the action of the sea is directed. An Aleut word from the same root, Alyeska, means great land. Indigenous peoples have occupied Alaska for thousands of years. The first peoples are thought to have come across a land bridge, between what is now Siberia and the Aleutian Islands, before the continents fully separated. Approximately half of the total state population lives along the coast, where the subarctic climate is moderated by the proximity to the ocean
It is considered the northernmost state, bordering the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the most eastern and western state, due to the extension of the Aleutian Islands into the eastern hemisphere. Alaska also has the longest coastline, longer than all of the other states combined. Tongass National Forest is the largest in the U.S. Alaska is blessed with 3 million lakes, marshlands, permafrost and glacier ice. Half of all of the glaciers in the world, over 100,000, are in Alaska.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints, framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at this website, jeanette-french.pixels.com.
August 23rd, 2019
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