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Portage Lake, Chugach National Forest, Alaska. 17-5-2003.

Portage Lake and its namesake glacier are Alaska's most visited attractions. The glacier filled the lake in 1880, only to begin retreating in 1890. With the current retreat rate of around 100 meters per year, it is expected to reach the end of the lake by 2020. Global warming may be accelerating the process. I visited the lake many times on my way to/from the Kenai Peninsula. This was the only instance when it was filled with so much ice.

Compensated the center-weighted meter reading by +1/2 stops... The glacial blue is exactly as it looks on film.

Canon EOS-1N, Canon EF 24/2.8, 1/45 sec, f/16, Fujichrome Velvia