Bear Glacier Detail


The Bear Glacier is a big attraction on the drive on highway 37A between Stewart British Columbia and the Cassiar Highway. Although, like almost every glacier in the world, it is shrinking in size it is still about 30km long and nearly 5km at its widest point. The highway is about 100m away from the glacier, on the other side of a lake.

Photographing the glacier is a bit of a challenge because of the extreme contrast between the highlights on the glacier and the darkness of the surrounding rock. The glacier is south of the highway, so the sun will always be shining into the lens and the rock will always be in the shadow. This is a place where black & white photography can outperform colour, because it can handle the greater range of contrast. By restricting the view, this photograph has a reduced range of contrast that was no problem for the digital camera to handle.