A WHOLE DAY OF GLACIER EXPERIENCE: boarding the famous rack and pinion railway in Chamonix, travelling right up to the Montenvers site at 1913m where I was stunned and sad at the same time to see what is left of the seven-kilometer MER DE GLACE glacier, the longest in France, and definitely one of its most extraordinary and exhausting sites to ski. Though, thanks to the little red cabins doing a great job carrying tourists and skiers down to and up from the long staircase to and fro the glacier.#ourplanetdaily#chamonixmontblanc#naturephotography#beautiful#nature#naturelovers#mountains#glacier#merdeglace#skiing#tourist#train#extraordinary#stunning#
John Frederick Kensett was born on this date in 1816. I shared his ‘Paradise Rocks, Newport’ back in November (hoping to get that beauty back in the galleries this summer) and today’s a good excuse to share a less well known piece from our collection that was in our ‘Rockies and Alps’ exhibition last year: ‘Mer de Glace from Platz’, c. 1845. Thanks to the catalogue photographer, I can include some sumptuous high res details. The watercolor serves as a warning to us all now that the titular glacier has receded drastically from the extent shown here.