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December 01, 2010


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I love glacial geology. And it connects back to Solway Firth? I'll be re-reading those posts again. :)

Yes, it's strange how things keep linking up - but, then again, maybe not so strange....

I can remember taking a Geography trip to the Alps when studying for my A-levels. I visited a glacier (can't remember where exactly in the Alps, it was a long time ago) as part of the trip and I have to agree that once you get over the size of the glacier there really isn't too much to look at apart from the debris and destruction it has caused. I visited in the summer on a particularly hot day, so one thing I did appreciate was the cool air that seemed to emanate from the glacier when you stood near it.

Not much to look at? Artists disagree. See, for intriguing references, http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue21/watercolourmacfarlane.htm
Not much to look at? Tell that to the moraines.

Yes, glaciated landscapes have long been an inspiration for artists fascinated by "the sublime" - Towne was one, as was Ruskin, and, along those lines, see my post on Viollet-le-Duc and Mont Blanc - http://throughthesandglass.typepad.com/through_the_sandglass/2010/02/architecture-mont-blanc-and-eventually-sand.html

And interesting to see that the piece you link to from the Tate is written by Robert Macarlane, author of several compelling books, including my favourite, "Mountains of the Mind" - a fascinating reflection on the relationship between mountains and us. He describes the grip of the sublime on our imaginations.

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