Inside the Sapphire Funhouse - Glacial Cave Photos

This is an archive post from June, 2010. Since the complete overhaul of the website, I decided to repost it here. I hope you enjoy.

Sometimes, words can’t possibly do a place justice.

Sometimes, pictures fall short.

Sometimes, a location hits you so hard that it literally changes your outlook.

It sets your mind reeling, sways your body, and makes your heart long to return – even before you’ve left.

For me, one of those places is Cordova, Alaska.

Photographer standing in field of wild lupine, near the Sheridan Glacier & Cordova, Alaska. (Dave Taylor/Sixtyone North LLC)

The old saying is so appropriate. “Life is not about how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away.”

I just returned from leading a small group photo tour to Cordova, on the eastern edge of Prince William Sound. Cordova is one of my favorite places on the planet – off the beaten path, yet logistically possible. It holds great variety: ocean, coastline, rainforest, mountains, glaciers, immense river delta. For photographers – it truly is the undiscovered country. I’m already planning a longer tour for next year – shoot me an email if you are interested in traveling to this incredible land – you won’t regret it.

An abstract section of an ice cave in Sheridan Glacier, near the Copper River Highway and Cordova, Alaska. (Dave Taylor/Sixtyone North LLC)

Over the next couple of posts, I’ll be sharing some images from this recent tour. I may not say much, because I can’t adequately describe this place – perhaps that speaks loudest. For me, the images will always fall short – that’s what keeps me going & gives me good reason to return. My mind is still reeling, my body still swaying (some of that is due to our time on the water shooting sea otters), and my heart longs to return.

This first post is dedicated to the Sheridan Glacier. I’m still trying to catch my breath.

An abstract section of an ice cave in Spencer Glacier, near the Copper River Highway and Cordova, Alaska. (Dave Taylor/Sixtyone North LLC)